Calling all fans of Louis Vuitton! If you missed their previous “Volez, Voguez, Voyagez” exhibition in Paris, Tokyo and New York, you’ll be pleased to know that the exhibition has landed in Shanghai! Titled “Volez, Voguez, Voyagez – Louis Vuitton”, the exhibition is housed at the Shanghai Exhibition Centre from the 16th of November to the 1st of February 2019.
The exhibition is an insightful journey into the House’s history, retracing the Maison’s steps from 1854 to the present day. Curated by Olivier Saillard and designed by Artistic Director and Set Designer Robert Carsen, the exhibition boasts 1000 works both old and new: from works that span from the House’s inception to some of Louis Vuitton’s most recent pieces. Items available for viewing at the exhibition include objects and documents from the Louis Vuitton heritage archives, select articles on loan from the Palais Galliera, Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris.
“Louis Vuitton has always been at the forefront of creation and innovation, today and over a century ago. Constantly taking inspiration from our past we craft the trends of today. Olivier Saillard has immersed himself in the Louis Vuitton archives to decode its secrets. He delivers a fresh vision of our past, present and future.” – Michael Burke, CEO of Louis Vuitton.
Strong links between Louis Vuitton and China are notable throughout the exhibition. Upon entering the exhibition, visitors are greeted by a portrait of Louis Vuitton as a young man interpreted by Chinese artist Yan Pei-Ming. In addition, custom pieces, specially made for renowned explorers and artists were specially curated for this exhibition. Pieces include French philanthropist Albert Khan’s 1929 photographer’s trunk, that was used to accompany the benefactor and his photographer as they photo-documented daily life in China, and most recently, Chinese artist Ding Yi’s reimagined Cocktail & Cigar Trunk, created for the celebrated Shanghai native in 2018.
Divided into fifteen chapters, visitors get the chance to navigate through the Maison’s history up close and personal. The exhibition opens with the most symbolic object of the House: an antique trunk that embodies the iconic hallmarks and bold spirit of Louis Vuitton. As you glide your way through the different rooms, get ready for a whirlwind adventure steeped rich in history and nostalgia.
The final room is specifically dedicated to red carpet dressing, displaying some of the most emblematic custom-made dresses in a space decorated in neon works of art by Chinese artist He An. Not forgetting the beating heart of the Maison, the exhibition ends with a section dedicated to the savoir-faire of the artisans who work in the Louis Vuitton workshops.
So if you are planning a trip to Shanghai over the Holidays, do drop by to view this exclusive exhibition.
Shanghai Exhibition Center
1333 Nanjing Xi Lu., Shanghai
From 16th November 2018 – 1st February 2019
Monday to Sunday: 10:00am – 8:00pm
Last admission: 30 minutes before closing
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Images Courtesy Louis Vuitton