16 February-21 March 2012. The famous American photographer David LaChapelle flies to Milan, where he will present a series of unusual dead natures, entitled "Earth Laughs in Flowers". On display are a series of large scale prints of plants, flowers and fruit, which are so soft and delicate that they seem like they are real paintings. In order to create these photographs, LaChapelle has used low lights, long exposure times and smoke, which confer a suggestive pictorial effect to his work.
The title "Earth Laughs in Flowers" comes from the poem Hamatreya written by Ralph Waldo Emerson in 1846, in which flowers articulate nature’s ridicule and contempt for human arrogance in the pretense to dominion over earth. LaChapelle’s photographs immortalize the cycles of the seasons and of life: Springtime, Late Summer, Early Fall, and deathless Winter. Furthermore, these images invite visitors to beg in self-reflection and to enjoy life in every single moment.