"Icônes" exhibition in LV Champs Elysées-Paris

  1. While in paris I went to the "Icons" exhibition,that was until 31st december.
    The Flagship store is inpressive, huge !! I got lost and finally accessed to the 7th floor by elevator only -was totally black inside and then opened on the very white luminous exhibition space-
    I was overall not impressed by what I 've seen but anyways here is a presentation and scans of the brochure.

    "Nine Icons, nine creative visions"
    Louis Vuitton has invited nine exceptional creative talents-artists, architects and designers-to celebrate nine iconic bags in an exhibition at "Espace Louis Vuitton". They were given imaginative free rein with one of the company's iconic bags.

    Shigeru Ban (architect, Tokyo)- Papillon 1966

    Sylvie Fleury (artist, Geneva) - Keepall 1930

    Zaha Hadid (architect, London) - Bucket 1968

    Bruno Peinado (Artist, Brittany,Fr.) - Speedy 1930

    Andrée Putman (Architect,Designer, Paris) - Steamer Bag 1901

    Ugo Rondinone (artist, Zurich, NYC) - Lockit 1958

    James Turrell (artist, AZ) - Wardrobe 1875

    Tim White-Sobieski (video artist, NYC)- Alma 1934

    Robert Wilson (artist, NYC) - Noé 1932

    The Wardrobe, created in 1875, remains perhaps the most emblematic of all Louis Vuitton designs. Opening vertically and equiped with a hanging closet, it spares travellers the chore of unpacking once they have reached their destination. With the birth of modern travel, additionnal, more versatile luggage became necessary. Alongside hard-frame trunks and cases, louis Vuitton started producing an entirely new form of luggage - soft bags. The first of these, the Steamer bag introduced in 1901, is a large rectangular bag originally designed to store dirty linen on transatlantic crossings. However, it was not until the 1930's, with the launch of the Keepall that soft bags really made their debut in the world. The precursor of all travel bags, the Keepall is the prototype of the modern week end bag . Around the same time, the first city bags appeared : the Speedy, created not long afterwards, is the reduced version of the Keepall, while the Noé was designed as early as 1932 for a champagne-maker who needed a bag that could carry his five best bottles. As the sixties dawned, the winds of change broughht a new freedom with the "Nouvelle Vague" carrying all in its wake, and Louis Vuitton soft bags became companions for film stars and models. The city bag collection was further enriched with the development of supple Monogram canvas in 1959. The Papillon (1966), whose short handles look like butterfly wings, and the Bucket (1968), indispensable for a stroll through town, were soon joined by the Alma, inspired by a design dating back to 1934. Finally, making its grand entrance, the Lockit, an updated version of a bag created in the 1950's, is the newest memeber of the family, paying homage to the timeless icons of Louis Vuitton.
    icones2.jpg papillon2.jpg keepall2.jpg bucket2.jpg speedy2.jpg
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    steamer2.jpg lockit2.jpg wardrobe2.jpg alma2.jpg noe2.jpg
  3. it sounds fun! wish we have this type of exhibition in here :'(
  4. Papillon : Here the artist has covered his paper tubes with monogram canvas, referencing the cylindrical form of the Papillon bag

    Keepall : in 2000, she applied the process of readapting cult objects to the LV Keepall, reinventing the iconic bag as a ready-made in chrom finish bronze, glorifying it as it were, for keeps.

    Bucket : true to her daring approach juxtaposing rigid and curvaceous forms, Zaha has created several versions of a futuristic Bucket bag, twisted and deformed rounded and sharp, which she has grouped together in an archipelago. (This was the most impressive piece, made IRL in ceramics)

    Speedy : The forms emerging from the Speedy evoke the mythology of great journeys, while the images create a sort of jungle. Strobe lights, surround the piece like a japanese landscape in the early morning. (IRL the forms were in aluminium painted in white black and green, and had been cut with a water jet, Nice)

    Steamer : A descendant of the Montgolfier brothers, the pionneers of aerostatic flighht, Putman pays tribute to them by inspiring the steamer bag to become a gondola.Inviting us to embark on "a journey with no destination, simply a journey"

    Lockit : the lockit bag in hessian, on which a painting echoes this internal-external dimension. The window is a favorite theme of Ugo "my work plays with ambivalent interaction between a window and a bag hanging on the wall.This is all about tension, indifference and desire"

    Wardrobe : As a child fascinated by aviation he dreamt odf a work of art that would travel...The Wardrobe is a light box with which he will fly around the world.The light inside the box will reappear only on contact with the light outside, in the form of a 3D ray

    Alma : The artist proposes a film that explores from the private relationship between the bag and its owner. As the visitor walks across a darkened room, the contents of the bag float around him, giving him an intimate insight into the life of a woman he has never met.

    Noé : Sensorial experience to evoke the Noé. The visitor, in the centre of the intallation, will be attracted by an indefinable presence, while at either extremity.

    The link to the post from John5 where he took photos.