Karl Lagerfeld in Berlin

20th February – 20th May 2020
Admission is free

In spring, Hotel de Rome, Berlin, will unveil a handpicked selection of portraits depicting Karl Lagerfeld, to be displayed throughout its grand lobby. Commemorating the one-year anniversary of the influential designer’s death, the exhibition will explore his personal connection with the city.

United by a shared love of fashion and art, Hotel de Rome quickly became one of Lagerfeld’s favourite pieds-a-terre in Berlin. Looking at the hotel’s blend of striking architecture and Italianate interiors, it’s easy to see what attracted the detail-driven designer.

Since opening as a Rocco Forte Hotel 14 years ago, Hotel de Rome has been committed to celebrating creativity. It’s played host to a number of exclusive exhibitions and shows, and houses a permanent collection of 650 artworks for guests to appreciate.

The 20 iconic portraits chosen for the Lagerfeld exhibition are the pioneering work of local photographer Daniel Biskup. Shot in 2002, the images offer an illuminating insight into Lagerfeld’s life and capture the urban aesthetic of the city as he saw it. Atmospheric and deeply intimate, opulent backgrounds are traded out for subway stations, parking garages and telephone boxes, which are illuminated by the streetlamp glow of late-night Berlin.


Photo credit: @Daniel Biskup