The exhibition dedicated to Dries Van Noten presented at Les Arts Décoratifs in Paris in 2014 has just moved to MoMu, the fashion museum located in the designer's birthplace, Antwerp.
It is the first time in his whole career that Van Noten exhibits his oeuvre, instead of a classic retrospective, the visitors walks through an intimate journey into the designer's creative world, an impressive visual insight into his inspirations for most of his collections.
Through various themes the exhibition brings together a large number of artistic fields through an assemblage of historical, ethnic, cinematic and geographic references. All these elements are illustrated with a selection of modern and classic art, a number of valuable pieces from the Fashion and Textiles collection of Les Arts Décoratifs museum and film fragments that have inspired the designer throughout his career.
The exhibition includes works by artists Yves Klein, Thierry De Cordier, Victor Vasarely, Damien Hirst, Cecily Brown, Pol Bury, Christopher Wool, Hubert Duprat, Pablo Picasso, Mark Rothko and James Tissot.
The artworks featured in the exhibition are presented alongside an overview of the most significant pieces of Dries Van Noten's oeuvre.
Today Dries Van Noten is praised as one of the biggest names representing Belgian fashion. He has been showing his collections at the Paris Fashion Week since the early1990's. His shows and collections are some of the most talked about and acclaimed by the international fashion professionals.
Exhibition initiated and realized by Les Arts Décoratifs, Paris (01/03-02/11/14); organized in Antwerp by MoMu - Fashion Museum Province of Antwerp
In the exhibition entitled, Nuances, weaver and designer, opened on Friday 28th November, Joanna Louca, presents a collection of hand-woven throws, displayed through a site specific installation at Phytorio (Visual Artists Association), designed especially for this event.
The collection specifically designed and made for interiors, consists of unique, one- off, hand-woven pieces for the home in general. The journey of creation is a sensationally emotional one, a journey in which a harmo- nious combination is at play, balancing perfectly, between an incessant challenge to cross the boundaries of stereotype weaving techniques and restrictions, and a process of creative meditation, in which the weaver’s hands and mind, come together to com- pose a fabric that is pleasing to the human senses.
Unusual and controversial yarns and meticulous, intricate and innovative hand-weaving processes, come together to produce fabrics that vary in weight, colour and texture, from feather-light to felted to quilted and from monochrome, to degraded, to striped.
The collection is inspired simultaneously by the technical challenges faced during production and the abstract ideas that materialize from unexpected sources, like a portrait painting, a poem, a smell, a gesture. Displayed along the length of the space, the individual pieces, come together, in a unified installation, as an interwoven unity, of ever-changing nuances, silently nar- rating a story of subtle distinctions and variations, in colours and texture, that can be experienced through a voyage of physical interactions and sensual stimulations.
~ Each hand-woven throw is labelled with the yarn composition, the size and the price.
To Phytorio, Nehrou 2 , Nicosia Municipal gardens, 1102, Cyprus
Τhe Arab Guggenheim Museum, is the predominant name by which the Hollow Airport Museum has been widely known, emphasizing on the sociopolitical connections of Cyprus, where the Museum is located, with the Middle East and the nearby Arab countries. HAM, which plays the role of a cultural meeting point of the area, emblematically houses its activities at the abandoned International Airport, in the contested zone – the Green Line – that divides the island in two, as a result of a violent and catastrophic war in 1974, between Greek-Cypriot and Turkish military forces.
Airports, airplanes and the cross Atlantic journeys, have been the symbol of progress and evolution from the end of nineteenth until the first half of the twentieth century; but it was only in Kennedy’s glorious era that the apotheosis of the sky conquest would have reached its peak, stigmatizing every aspect of everyday reality, literature and art, architecture and fashion. Everything real progressive and advanced should have been connected with the space achievements and the human desire to explore the planetary system.
Having Kennedy’s bunker as starting point of reference, the participating artists are called to present different approaches and positions with regard to the motif and functions of a contemporary civil refuge. The artists may draw inspiration from a wide array of archetypical sources, extending from the claustrophobic Platonic cave to the argophilia of the One-Way Mars Colony Project. Nowadays, on the verge of a new gold war and while the sight of our planet from Mars may seem to be a routine, what is tomorrow‘s perspective? Just what is that makes space getting so critical, so politicized?
Participating Artists: Moataz Nasr (Egypt), Olaf Nicolai (Germany), Robert Wilson (USA), Khaled Hourani (Palestine), Tarohei Nakagawa, Yukihiro Taguchi, Ryosuke Kido, (Japan), Helidon Gjergji (USA- Albania), Mounir Fatmi (France-Marocco), Baptiste Debombourg (France), Txuspo Poyo, Orlando Brito Jinorio (Spain) Adrian Scicluna (Malta), Juraj Dudas, Erik Binder, Svatopluk Mikyta (Slovakia) Democracia (Spain), Driant Zeneli, Artan Shabani (Albania), Dionisis Christofilogiannis, Yioula Chatzigeorgiou, Eva Marathaki, Evangelos Kaimakis, Giorgos Papadatos, Eva Mitala, Efi Spyrou, Artemis Potamianou, Aggelos Skourtis, Nikos Papadopoulos, Stelios Alexakis, Dimitrios Antonitsis, Maro Michalakakos, Nikos Larios, Lito Kattou, Voula Karampatzaki, Pela Kalogirou, Pantelis Chandris (Greece)
Concept and Curating by Nicos Charalambidis 17 May– 14 June 2014 REH TRANSFORMER Kopenhagener str. 17, 10437, Schönhauser Allee, Berlin, Germany www.rehtransformer.com
Ennio Capasa, in London for "Italian Fashion and Cinema", for a unique on-stage interview by Camilla Morton
Fashion and Cinema is a series of events exploring the relationship between fashion and cinema and how the two have always fed into each other, featuring on-stage conversations, seminars and screenings.
The events take place at the Victoria and Albert Museum and at the Ciné Lumière from the 5th to the 13th of April . Italian Fashion & Cinema is part of this program that highlights the Italian beauty. Ennio Capasa has been invited for an exclusive on stage interview with Camilla Morton on Monday April 7th at Ciné Lumière at 7PM.
Together they will retrace the history of the Maison, the collaborations with cinema and the current projects of the brand. The on stage interview will be accompanied by screening of images selected specifically for the occasion. Fashion and Cinema is an initiative by Tristana Media in media partnership with Vanity Fair and in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum and Ciné Lumière.
A modern vintage revolutionary song, an homage to our great glam and progressive rock heroes of the 70's. The hero of “A Childish Dream” feels and dreams that he is being completely manipulated. He feels and dreams that his very existence and life are going against his will, until he decides to dream differently, until he decides to take matters in his own hands Musicwise the song's character originates from the exciting rock musicals of the 70's era. The Who's “Tommy” and A.L.Weber's “Jesus Christ Superstar” contain elements that one can find in “A Childish Dream” . Glam and Progressive acts such as David Bowie, Roxy Music, Queen, Elton John, Marc Bolan and Sweet have also been sources of inspiration for the songwriters. All the above blend harmonically with 21st century independent music movements.