International Exhibits

Art and Fashion: Between Skin and Clothing

Kunstmuseum, Wolfsburg Germany

Through August 7th, 2011

The exhibition explores the relation between art and fashion. Since the sixties art and fashion share the same avant garde feeling. From then on fashion no longer expresses power, money and social class. Instead it starts to express art and culture. Fashion and popular visual cultures – like pop art – became from the sixties on the new visual aesthetics of society. Fashion and Art became in the same way conceptual. During the eighties Japanese designers as Yohji Yamamoto and Comme des Garçons start to explore the boundaries of clothing and the meaning of fashion. Viktor & Rolf and Hussein Chalayan too started to present fashion shows in the new millenium that looked like art-installations.

The exhibition, which first has been shown at the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam, curated by José Teunissen and Han Nefkens, will be reshaped for Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg by José Teunissen and Annelie Lütgens, curator of Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg.

Fashion and objects by Walter Van Beirendonck, Louise Bourgeois, Hussein Chalayan, Christophe Coppens, Comme des Garçons, Salvador Dalí, Naomi Filmer, Robert Gober, Martin Margiela, Francesco Vezzoli, Viktor & Rolf, Anna-Nicole Zische and many others.

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Madame Gres: Couture at Work

Bourdelle Museum, Paris France

March 25th – July 24th, 2011

As the Galliera Museum is closed to the public for restoration, you are invited to discover a major retrospective exhibition, organised by this institution at the Bourdelle Museum, dedicated to Madame Grès (1903 – 1993).

Madame Grès, aka Germaine Krebs, was a true mistress of couture. She opened her own fashion house in 1942 which she ran until 1988. Her sculptural, asymmetrical and draped dresses which evoked the antique are displayed here for the public.

80 pieces are presented, from private collections, the Galliera Museum and from contemporary creators.

Come and discover or rediscover the timeless elegance of her style.

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Yohji Yamamoto

The Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Through July 10th, 2011

This exhibition explores the work of idiosyncratic and ground-breaking designer Yohji Yamamoto. Fabric, he said, ‘is everything’. This deep interest in textiles is at the heart of his approach to design.

Yamamoto became internationally renowned in the early eighties for challenging traditional notions of fashion by designing garments that seemed oversized, unfinished, played with ideas of gender or fabrics not normally used in fashionable attire such as felt or neoprene. Other works revealed Yamamoto’s unusual pattern cutting, knowledge of fashion history and sense of humour. His work is characterised by a frequent and skilful use of black, a colour which he describes as ‘modest and arrogant at the same time’.

This retrospective, experienced through a series of site-specific installations throughout the V&A and beyond, includes Yamamoto’s menswear for the first time. The main exhibition space houses over 60 creations and a multi-media timeline which reveals Yamamoto’s wider creative output.

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