The intention of the project is to capture different aspects of the Saint Laurent personality, underlining the complexity of various individuals through the eyes of artists selected by Anthony Vaccarello. It represents the freedom of self-expression without censorship, and conveys many different facets of the Saint Laurent attitude. Creative disciplines across art and fashion reinforce and fuel the concept of diversity, individuality, and self-confidence through a lens free from pretense and hypocrisy. This project is an artistic commentary on society while emphasizing the core values of Saint Laurent. Self is formed by a heady mixture of attraction, ambivalence and mystery generated by photographers, artists, and filmmakers who have come together to make a confrontational statement. Daido Moriyama, the first artist with whom Saint Laurent worked with for this project, will be presented in Paris at Palais Royal from the 9th till the 11th of November during Paris Photo. The exhibition curated by Anthony Vaccarello will be presented in a light-installation accessible to the public in the Galerie d’Orléans courtyard, in front of Palais Royal garden.
Starting this week, MAD Brussels welcomes you to the universe of OWN. The former fashion designing duo invited a bunch of artists to dive into their archives.
For little less then a decade, Thierry Rondenet and Hervé Yvrenogeau had a shop in Brussels, thought at the prestigious fashion academy La Cambre and collaborated with high end brands like Maison Martin Margiela or Acne Studios.
The guest artists range from Thierry Boutemy to Leonardo Van Dijl and will guide you through the duo’s work via re interpretation, and turning it into their own.
16th March 2018 until 17th June 2018
MAD, 10 place du nouveau marché aux grains
1000 Brussels - Belgium
/ by Gaelle Van Lede /
The parisian designer Nicolas Lecourt Mansion will launch his eponymous brand by showcasing his first collection AW 18-19 during Paris Fashion Week on the 27 of February 2018.
This event will be one a kind, merging contemporary art, fashion and photography. It will be showcasing the emerging parisian creative generation and what it has to offer.
Nicolas Lecourt Mansion in partnership with Polaroid Originals, will collaborate with the photographer François Pragnère who will exhibit his photographies of the collection. This exhibition will be a story-telling documentation of the creative process around the collection. The contemporary artists Salomé Partouche and Damien Moulierac will be in collaboration to create the set design around the collection’s theme.
This event will showcase the collection as a private show, with its 15 different looks in the first place. Starting from 4pm it will morph into a public showroom. The exhibition and the set design will be available to see during the whole event.
> More Info <
"She walks in beauty" is the name of the last exhibition which takes place at the ModeMuseum, Antwerp. From the 12th october until the 18th march 2018, Olivier Theyskens, the fascinating Belgian designer, shows us his creative evolution of twenty years in the fashion business, his craftsmanship and the changing atmospheres of his work through a multitude of silhouettes imbued with couture spirit. "Olivier Theyskens – She Walks in Beauty" takes us on a journey accompanied by literary voices forming a counterpoint to the visual world, photographs, films and drawings of the artist's creative process.
Olivier Theyskens is known for the dark romantic side of his early designs, the new vision of couture he instilled at Rochas, his mastering of textiles and cut at Nina Ricci. His extraordinary talent for drawing and autodidactic work method give a great insight into the different aspects of the contemporary fashion industry: from couture to semi-couture and ready-to-wear. The Theyskens muse changes through time: she’s romantic, mysterious, strong and elegant, both young and old, but she walks in beauty wherever she goes.
/ by Laurenne Makubikua /
David Alexander Flinn’s new exhibition at FHF’s north gallery is a journey through Dreams, Tears and Fears. The installations are immediately eye-catching and bring out a deep systematism, detailed and careful engagement; the whole work tainted with humor, vibrancy and provocative audacity.
David describes his Dreams, Tears and Fears as
” an exploration of the spaces in our contemporary narrative of fiction and reality, the borders and the blurred lines between what is true and what is perceived. Who is who, what is what and why is it so? If a tree falls in the woods and no one is there to hear it, did it ever happen? What are our guidelines for a contemporary existence?
Dreams are a glance into our subconscious often forgotten or misinterpreted by our awakening. Within life's new parameters, is reality a dream? Where have our dreams gone? Are they our nightmares? Where do we live and how?
The only thing we are left with is our nature and our tears, whether joyful or sorrowful. What is left that is "real" is our emotional experience.
87 Rivington st, NY .
/ by Xavier Bourgeois /
This fall, Fondation Louis Vuitton is inviting the Museum of Modern Art in Paris to present an outstanding exhibition of more than 200 masterpieces and works of art from the New York museum.
This exhibition will highlight the fundamental impact of the museum, conservators and programs on the 20th and 21st art history.
The collaboration brings to the fore MoMA’s legendary artistic commitment to Paris and reflects the desire of both institutions to remain moderne forever.
“Être moderne: le MoMA à Paris” will take place at Fondation Louis Vuitton from October 11 to March 5.
/ by Xavier Bourgeois /
Gemologist, artisan, dreamer, curious, insatiable…many words to portray Ado Chale, the craftsman in wrought iron. No round, no square, no rectangle, just a hand that digs and traces raw material and vigorous forms to show a window open on a dream journey to the heart of the earth.
To celebrate his first monograph (released on September 14th) Bozar is hosting a retrospective of his work from August 18 to September 24. These two events will retrace the odyssey of Ado Chale from 1966 to 2015.
/ Images Gilles van den Abeele /
/ by Xavier Bourgeois /
To celebrate it’s 70th Anniversary, the house of Dior has opened today the largest fashion exhibition ever held in Paris at Musée des Arts Décoratifs.
Discover on display a large range of fashion photography, artworks, original documents, illustrations, canvas and more than 300 haute couture gowns of each Dior’s creative period (from 1947 to 2017) including creations of Christian Dior himself, Yves Saint Laurent, Marc Bohan, Gianfranco Ferre, John Galliano, Raf Simons and Maria Grazia Chiuri.
Christian Dior, Designer of Dreams at the Musée Des Arts Décoratifs until 7 January 2018.
/ by Xavier Bourgeois /
The Royal Museum of Fine Arts of Belgium is currently presenting the work of the Brussels-based Spanish artist Angel Vergara. Through performance, video, installations, drawings and paintings, the artist explores and widens the field of the pictorial act and its new possibilities.
Meet the artist Angel Vergara on Saturday 17th June at 3 p.m. at the Forum of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium.
Angel Vergara: From Scene to Scene
Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium
10.03.17 - 02.07.17
photos Jan Liégeois - Courtesy Axel Vervoordt Gallery
/ by Xavier Bourgeois /
Tate Britain presents an unprecedented overview of the impressive body of work of British artist David Hockney. Currently entering its final week, the exhibition will tour internationally to Paris’ Centre Pompidou and New York’s The Metropolitan Museum.
Gathering an extensive selection of the artist’s most famous works to date, the touring exhibition demonstrates how he continuously questioned the nature of pictures and picture-making and challenged their conventions throughout his achievements in painting, drawing, print, photography and video across six decades.
The exhibition is presented as a chronological overview and lays bare how the roots of each new direction lay in the work that came before: from his portraits and images of Los Angeles swimming pools, through to his drawings and photography, Yorkshire landscapes and most recent paintings at London’s Royal Academy and beyond.
As he approaches his 80th birthday, Hockney still continues to change his style and ways of working, embracing new technologies as he goes. This is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see these unforgettable works together.
"My name is Simon, I like blue and white, stripes, the sun, fruits, circles, life, poetry, Marseille and the 1980s."
"Marseille je t'aime" is more than a traditional fashion exhibition as the artist will not only showcase his collection “Les Santons de Marseille”, but also photos, videos, sculptures and his new book. The idea is to show his work from various perspectives. So for the first time, Jacquemus got off the beaten track and produced other forms of art.
The project is a part of the Open My Med festival and is divided in two sections: “Maisons” and “Archives”at the Musée d'art contemporain, and "Images" at the Musée des civilisations et de la Méditerranée (MuCEM):
The book features poetic images created by French and international photographers, painters and contemporary artists.
For the fashion show, models walked on the MuCEM bridge wearing "Les Santons de Marseille," a collection inspired by the famous figurines, echoing Jacquemus' love for the provencale culture.
The video, for which the book is an accompaniment, shows personal and inspirational images. It will play from 13th May to 31st July.
For the sculptures, the artist played with the structure of circles and squares, which is a characteristic of his label.
"Marseille je t'aime" is an assemblage of creations forming an ode to the designer's beloved city.
Marseille je t'aime
Until January 13th, 2018
Musée des civilisation et de la Méditerranée (MuCEM)
7 Promenade Robert Laffont
/ by Souria Cheurfi /
The Belgian artist Eric Croes is holding his new exhibition 'To my old friends' at the art gallery 'Sorry We're Closed' in Brussels. His art is a juxtaposition of techniques, objects and ideas. The works of his exhibition were created by following four simple steps:
1 / Take a sketchpad
2 / Write a letter of the alphabet on each page
3 / Draw your favourite words (his 'old friends')
4 / Create a 3D assemblage of a selection of these words: one sculpture per letter.
His work invites us to feel the joy of working with our hands. However, "To my old friends" is not so much about the objects themselves; it is more about the story Eric Croes tells us through his drawings and sculptures. His art conveys a special energy: something spontaneous and emotional at the same time.
Sorry We're Closed
until May 20th
67 rue de la Régence
Courtesy Sorry We're Closed
Photos©Hugard & Vanoverschelde
/ by Souria Cheurfi /
Starting this week, MoMu Fashion Museum Antwerp takes us back to that time when Martin Margiela was appointed creative director at Hermès in 1997. The fashion world held its breath, both universes could not have been further apart.
But the elusive Belgian gave the house the direction in which it is still going today. He did not deconstruct the Kelly bag as some feared, but he did however design the Cape Cod bracelet we all know, and introduced the vareuse shaped garments that are still, until this day, part of the Hermès collections.
There has never been anyone else in the history of fashion that built such strong identities for the brands he either worked for, or created. This is what this exhibition is about. It shows that the master of deconstruction is not that much about deconstruction, but quite the opposite.
Hermès, The Margiela Years opens March 31st until 27th of August 2017 at Momu Fashion Museum Antwerp, Nationalestraat 28, 2000 Antwerpen.
/ by Gaelle Van Lede /
Paris’ Centre Pompidou is currently presenting an exceptionally comprehensive retrospective of the work of American artist Cy Twombly.
Bringing together a vast selection of works from both private and public collections from all over the world in a chronological and cyclic arrangement, the exhibition includes many of the artist’s most iconic works. From his first works in the early Fifties marked by the primitive arts, graffiti and writing, to his last characterised by their exuberant colour schemes, it spans Twombly’s entire career. Some 140 paintings, sculptures, drawings and photographs provide a clear overview of this extraordinarily rich and diverse body of work.
We went, we checked, and we were amazed.
You have one month left to do the same!
30.11.2016 – 24.4.2017
Blooming, 2001-2008 © Cy Twombly Foundation, courtesy Archives Fondazione Nicola Del Roscio
Wilder Shores of Love, 1985 © Cy Twombly Foundation
Lemons, Gaète, 1998 © Fondazione Nicola Del Roscio, courtesy Archives Nicola Del Roscio
Night Watch, 1966 © Cy Twombly Foundation, courtesy Cheim & Read
Still Life, Black Mountain College, 1951 © Fondazione Nicola Del Roscio, courtesy Archives Nicola Del Roscio
Apollo, 1975 © Cy Twombly Foundation, courtesy Archives Nicola Del Roscio
Venus, 1975 © Cy Twombly Foundation, courtesy Archives Nicola Del Roscio
Sans titre (Grottaferrata), 1957 © Cy Twombly Foundation, courtesy Galerie Karsten Greve
/ by Kim Poorters /
Most of us might know Harley Weir through the striking images she’s created for AnOther Magazine, i-D, Dazed & Confused, or the campaigns she shot for renowned fashion brands such as Maison Martin Margiela and Calvin Klein.
But the young photographer, who only graduated with a degree in Fine Arts from London’s Central Saint Martins College in 2010, has since also created a remarkable body of personal work characterized by a poetic approach on intimacy and beauty, and an eye for detail.
It is this personal aspect - always intriguing and esthetic, sometimes politically involved and charged but refraining from statement making and finger-pointing - that forms the center of the first solo exhibition of Weir’s work at FOAM Amsterdam.
Harley Weir - Boundaries
2.12.2016 – 19.2.2017
© Harley Weir. Courtesy the artist and Foam.
/ by Kim Poorters /
After two key exhibitions at Gladstone Brussels, both five years apart and marking beginning and ending of a creative outcome surveyed in the forthcoming monograph “Dark Incandescence”, American artist Elizabeth Peyton now presents a series of new paintings at the gallery’s New York counterpart.
Truthful to the modest scale, palette and sensitivity of her intimate (self-) portraits of artists, musicians, historical figures, and friends that brought her critical acclaim in the early 1990s, Peyton offers a new understanding of her broad personal interest and passion for both the historical and the contemporary through the inclusion of still lifes, photographs, video-stills and text fragments.
Over the course of 25 years (1979-2004) and through numerous cities (New York, London, Berlin, and beyond) photographer Nan Goldin closely followed and documented the daily life and encounters of the friends, family, and lovers that she would come to describe as her ‘tribe’.
“There is a popular notion that the photographer is by nature a voyeur, the last one invited to the party.But I’m not crashing; this is my party. This is my family, my history.”
In what would become a visual diary of urban life throughout the eighties, an era scared by AIDS and drug addiction, she acurately lay bare issues of gender roles, the insatiable longing for intimacy and understanding, and the struggle between independency and interdependency within the concept of the couple and relationships.
“In my family of friends, there is a desire for the intimacy of the blood family, but also a desire for something more open-ended. Roles aren’t so defined. These are long-term relationships. People leave, people come back, but these separations are without the breach of intimacy. We are bonded not by blood or place, but by a similar morality, the need to live fully and for the moment, a disbelief in the future, a similar respect for honesty, a need to push limits, and a common history. We live life without consideration, but with consideraition. There is among us an ability to listen and to emphasize that surpasses the normal definition of friendship.”
The Ballad of Sexual Dependency was first published in 1986 as a series of images and stories and has, through the experience of change and loss, become into a visual imprint of a memory, one story without an end.
The installation currently on view at the MoMa presents a slide show of some 700 portraits sequenced against a music soundtrack prepared by Goldin’s friends, from Maria Callas to The Velvet Underground
Nan Goldin - The Ballad of Sexual Dependency
11.6.2016 – 12.2.2017
© Nan Goldin. Courtesy the artist.
/ by Kim Poorters /
Hungarian born artist Rita Ackermann presents her most recent series The Chalkboard Paintings alongside a selection of early works that first gained her widespread acclaim in the New York art scene of the early 90s.
In the drawings, collages and paintings on display, the artist continues her trademark superposition of images, characters and narratives, whilst adding a new layer of erasure. Rendering nearly invisible the overall image, the nymphetish girls who have featured in her paintings since the very beginning remain ever so desirable and enigmatic as our favourite objects of desire.
Rita Ackermann - The Aesthetic of Disappearance
22.10.2016 – 22.01.2017
© Rita Ackermann. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth.
/ by Kim Poorters /
In 1956, at the age of 18, Ed Ruscha left his home in Oklahoma and drove a 1950 Ford sedan to Los Angeles, where he had been accepted to Chouinard Art Institute. His trip roughly followed the fabled Route 66 through the Southwest, which featured many of the sights that would provide him with artistic subjects for decades to come.
Currently on display at San Francisco’s de Young are over eighty works revealing the artist’s fascination with the evolving landscape and iconic character of the “American West” in symbolic, evocative, and ironic renditions. Key to several of his best-known paintings and prints, these include works depicting gasoline stations, others commenting on LA and the film industry, as well as those in which a word or phrase is the sole subject.
Independently of the exhibition but released coinciding with it, Los Angeles’ MOCA has commissioned a short-length documentary about Ruscha’s extraordinary body of work: Ed Ruscha: Buildings and Words.
ROSEGALLERY presents a solo exhibition by Belgian artist Dirk Braeckman, his first on the US West Coast.
Focusing on ordinarily unobserved details that are often lost in shades of gray, Braeckman’s photographs reflect an atmosphere of sensual ambiguity and intimate solitude. His images are characterised by the use of black and white, analogue photography and are part of a lengthy process of post-production manipulation in which the photographer prints and re-photographs his images. Deviating from conformal darkroom techniques, the artist continues editing the images’ surface through the use of different resources, such as brushes and sponges to spread the developer in stripes and planes across the paper. The resulting photograph is a unique piece.
“Photography is, for me, an almost obsessive attempt to scan, in my own way, everything around me, everything I meet, driven by the desire to give order to chaos. With or without a camera.”