Louis Vuitton always show himself close to the world of art establishing relationship with artists from all over the world. Almost a century ago, Gaston Louis Vuitton, the grandson of the Maison’s founder, begins to commission artists the realization of advertising, window displays and perfume bottles, starting the first of many in terms of collaborations. As representative symbol of the French Maison dedication towards creativity, in 2014 the Louis Vuitton Foundation inaugurates in Paris, in a space totally designed by the architect Frank Ghery, realizing a new artistic centre fundamental for the city. The Foundation, just like the brand, is very attached to art history but it also feels a deep interest for the modern and the contemporary, realizing great avant-garde collaborations.
Louis Vuitton this year continues his relationship with the artistic world inaugurating an exhibition on the occasion of Miami Art Basel, viewable from 1st to 3th of December. It features installations and artworks of some of the internationally most well-known artists. The space dedicated to the brand presents outside a great painting realized by Alex Katz in 2017, which illustrates the label’s founder. The guests are welcomed with a panda figure sculptured by Takashi Murakami standing on an archival LV trunk. The collaboration with the Japanese sculptor and painter has begun in 2003 with the transformation of a classic piece in a real cult bag, the Papillon Cherry Blossom. Carrying on inside the exhibition, there is the photography by Jean Lavrière, a painting by Richard Prince and more artworks contributing to underline the Maison’s artistic heritage. The exhibition also hosts the Artycapucines collection featuring contemporary artists reinventing the iconic Capucines bag with characteristic elements of each work.
One of the room is totally dedicated to the collaboration with Yayoi Kusama, which celebrates the established relationship between the brand and the artist and the 10 years from their first collaboration. The space is controlled by two wax figures of Kusama, realized by herself, which wear contrasting polka-dot dresses, the iconic pattern of her artworks. The exhibition also involves some exclusive pieces presented as a teaser of the next partnership which will be revealed in January 2023, renewing another time one of the most admired match between fashion and art.
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“Since 1988, Louis Vuitton has continued this legacy by collaborating with some of the biggest names in modern art and design, including Sol LeWitt, James Rosenquist, Cesar, and Olafur Eliasson and curating exhibitions by artists such as Sophie Calle, Dan Flavin and Francesca Woodman in its in-store galleries.”