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Karl Lagerfeld the Focus of Two German Exhibitions

First up, Essen’s Museum Folkwang is hosting “Karl Lagerfeld: Parallel Contrasts,” devoted to his obsessions — photography, fashion and books.

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DOUBLE EXPOSURE: Never one to do things half way, Karl Lagerfeld is the subject of two big exhibitions making their debut in Germany this spring.

First up, Essen’s Museum Folkwang is hosting “Karl Lagerfeld: Parallel Contrasts,” devoted to his obsessions — photography, fashion and books. “More of a snapshot than a retrospective” is how the museum describes the showcase, curated by German publisher Gerhard Steidl and Eric Pfrunder, one of Lagerfeld’s key coconspirators in the business of image making. It is to open on Feb. 15 and run through May 11, displaying fashions, drawings, photographs, films, books, product designs and advertising.

The poster, sketched by Lagerfeld, shows him from the back, his black jacket a signboard for his three big interests, his white ponytail and high collar signposts of his identity.

In Hamburg, meanwhile, the Hamburger Kunsthalle is to pair the classicist paintings of Anselm Feuerbach with photographs by Lagerfeld on the themes of grace, eroticism and the adoration of muses and models. It opens Feb. 21 and runs through July 15.

Forty works by Feuerbach, mostly from the 1860s, are to hang with 60 large-format black-and-white photographs Lagerfeld had printed on silver or gold fabrics.

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