Art & Culture - Exhibitions 05/10

Espaces Louis Vuitton

Espace Louis Vuitton is an exhibition place encouraging creation of new contemporary artworks in Tokyo, München, Venezia, Beijing, Seoul and Osaka.

Tokyo

The Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo, inaugurated in 2011, is located at the center of Omotesando, the most beautiful area in Tokyo where many trends and cultural movements spring. Embodying Louis Vuitton’s and Japan’s shared passion for creativity, the Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo is a glass box on the top floor of the Louis Vuitton building designed by Japanese architect Jun Aoki. It is both a visually stimulating architecture and an exhibition place encouraging creation of new contemporary artworks.

Doug Aitken’s body of work ranges from photography, sculpture, and architectural interventions, to films, sound, single and multi-channel video works, and installations. His art, paradoxically abstract, is centred on human figures and landscape, attaining near-physical sensory qualities that exceed the boundaries of simple visual perception. An immersive projection, New Ocean: thaw offers a new look at the poetic vastness of Alaska, nearing the romantic sentiment of the immensity of nature as represented in the 19th-century panoramas, but seen in the current circumstances of climate change, catastrophes and the melting of the glaciers. This spectacular piece, which belongs to the Collection, has been specifically re-designed for Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo by the artist, and is presented within the framework of the “Hors-les-murs” programme of the Fondation Louis Vuitton.

Louis Vuitton Omotesando Bldg. 7F
5-7-5 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
Tokyo 150-0001 - Japan
T. +81-(0)3-5766-1094

Open every day from 12pm to 8pm
Open on national holidays except January 1st and Omotesando store holidays. Free entrance

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Ice forms VII 2008

New Ocean: Thaw 2001 Production still from New Ocean: Thaw (2001) Courtesy of the artist © Doug Aitken

New Ocean: Thaw 2001

Exhibition view at Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo, 2020 Video installation with three channels of video (color, sound), six projections, screens 4min.10 Courtesy of the artist and the Fondation Louis Vuitton Photo credits: © Keizo Kioku/Louis Vuitton

New Ocean: Thaw 2001

Exhibition view at Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo, 2020 Video installation with three channels of video (color, sound), six projections, screens 4min.10 Courtesy of the artist and the Fondation Louis Vuitton Photo credits: © Keizo Kioku/Louis Vuitton

New Ocean: Thaw 2001

Exhibition view at Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo, 2020 Video installation with three channels of video (color, sound), six projections, screens 4min.10 Courtesy of the artist and the Fondation Louis Vuitton Photo credits: © Keizo Kioku/Louis Vuitton

New Ocean: Thaw 2001

Exhibition view at Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo, 2020 Video installation with three channels of video (color, sound), six projections, screens 4min.10 Courtesy of the artist and the Fondation Louis Vuitton Photo credits: © Keizo Kioku/Louis Vuitton

New Ocean: Thaw 2001

Exhibition view at Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo, 2020 Video installation with three channels of video (color, sound), six projections, screens 4min.10 Courtesy of the artist and the Fondation Louis Vuitton Photo credits: © Keizo Kioku/Louis Vuitton

Portrait of Doug Aitken

Photo by Ami Sioux

München

On the occasion of its new exhibition within the framework of the Fondation Louis Vuitton “Hors-les-murs” programme, the Espace Louis Vuitton München presents "My Future is not a Dream", a selection of Cao Fei’s works from the Collection. This exhibition carries out the Fondation’s mission to showcase holdings of the Collection to an international audience at the Espaces Louis Vuitton in Tokyo, Munich, Venice, Beijing, Seoul and Osaka.

Born in 1978 in Guangzhou by the Pearl River Delta in China, Cao Fei has made a name for herself with her multimedia installations and videos. She takes inspiration from popular and traditional sources (the cinema, advertisements, manga, and theatre) to explore the relationship between real life, the collective utopia, and the personal aspirations of a younger generation immersed in a new urban culture marked by an industrial and commercial boom and Internet exposure.

The economic dynamics of her native region, and its proximity to Hong Kong and Taiwan, gave rise to a generation with a decidedly modern lifestyle. A recurrent theme of her work since Imbalance 257 (1999), Cao Fei captures a world inhabited by her friends, subjugated by entertainment, consumption and television, where adolescents disguise themselves as manga or video game characters to play out a fictional life. Presented here, Whose Utopia (2006), which mixes documentary elements with fiction explores the contrast between the real life of the workers at a factory and their dreams and aspirations.

Fascinated by the Internet’s endless possibilities, Cao Fei began in 2007 to experiment with the virtual world of Second Life, the 3D-based user-generated content platform created in 2003. There she designed a virtual city (RMB CITY: A Second Life City Planning, 2007) where she settled her own avatar, China Tracy (Live in RMB City, 2009). The spaces she developed mingle some typical symbols of the Chinese culture (bicycles, pandas, a Mao bust etc.) with an unbridled proliferation of international characteristic everyday objects and architecture in an unrelenting flow of traffic, portraying the past, present and future of a community undergoing major change, in a country at the mercy of uncompromising modernization. Isolation, the division of the classes, and the projected decline of international capitalism are key subjects of Cao Fei’s work, which continuously draws on a wide variety of sources from both Western and Eastern worlds. In her own words, “Second Life is not just a work of art, it has become a meeting place for different spiritual areas of our lives”.

An internationally recognized artist, Cao Fei was a finalist for the Hugo Boss Prize in 2010 and was nominated best artist at the 10th Chinese Contemporary Art Awards in 2016. She also represented China at the 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007, presented number of solo shows in Europe and the United States, and even had a retrospective of her work at the UCCA Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing this year. The three works presented here, which belong to the Collection, were displayed at Fondation Louis Vuitton in 2016 for the exhibition Bentu. Chinese Artists in a time of turbulence and transformation.

Espace Louis Vuitton München
Maximilianstrasse 2a
80539 München - Germany

Tel. +49 89 55 89 38 100
Email: info_espace@louisvuitton.com

Monday–Friday, 12pm – 7pm
Saturday, 10am – 6pm
Free admission

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Bastian Lerdon
Tel. +49 55 89 38 355
Email: bastian.lerdon@louisvuitton.com

Venezia

Since 2013, the Espace Louis Vuitton Venezia is where contemporary art meets the artistic heritage of La Serenissima. Putting traditional and modern art into context, it offers a means of breaking down barriers, of re-attaching contemporary art to its roots and celebrating the vitality of classical art, with the support Louis Vuitton brings each year to the restauration of famous Venitian art. Alongside, Louis Vuitton invites to an unprecedented film programming in the heart of the legendary Spazio Etoile store in Rome.

As part of the 17th International Architecture Exhibition – La Biennale di Venezia, the Fondation Louis Vuitton is pleased to present Charlotte Perriand and I at Espace Louis Vuitton Venezia, an exclusive show confronting the foundational works of Charlotte Perriand and Frank Gehry. Over the past century, developments in technology have increased the frequency with which we have reimagined the home. Industrial and digital technologies evolutions, together with changing social values, enabled architects to invent new solutions for the way we live. Today, amidst an ecological crisis of our own making, we are attempting to house an unprecedented global population within boundaries that are in flux. The work of Perriand and Gehry are presented here as both historical references and as viable solutions for these issues. Two of the projects, precursors to current innovations in independent energy collection and consumption, are exhibited for the first time - Perriand’s Tritrianon project (1937) and Gehry’s Power Pack project (1969).

Parallel to the exhibition, the Spazio Etoile in Rome shows a unique film programming showcasing all the Fondation Louis Vuitton’s activities since its opening in 2014.

Espace Louis Vuitton Venezia
Calle del Ridotto 1353
30124 Venice – Italy
Tel. +39 041 8844318
Email: info_espace.it@louisvuitton.com

Monday to Sunday 10:30am to 6:30pm
Open on public holidays. Free entrance

Louis Vuitton Spazio Etoile
Piazza di San Lorenzo in Lucina, 41
00186 Rome – Italy

Monday to Saturday from 10am to 8pm
and on Sunday from 11am to 8pm.
Open on public holidays. Free entrance
Email: info_espace.it@louisvuitton.com

(c) Archives Ch. Perriand (c) Adagp, Paris 2021 (c) Frank O. Gehry

Photo credits (c) Daniele Nalesso / Louis Vuitton

(c) Archives Ch. Perriand (c) Adagp, Paris 2021 (c) Frank O. Gehry

Photo credits (c) Daniele Nalesso / Louis Vuitton

(c) Archives Ch. Perriand (c) Adagp, Paris 2021 (c) Frank O. Gehry

Photo credits (c) Daniele Nalesso / Louis Vuitton

(c) Archives Ch. Perriand (c) Adagp, Paris 2021 (c) Frank O. Gehry

Photo credits (c) Daniele Nalesso / Louis Vuitton

(c) Archives Ch. Perriand (c) Adagp, Paris 2021 (c) Frank O. Gehry

Photo credits (c) Daniele Nalesso / Louis Vuitton

Beijing

Inaugurated in 2017, the Espace Louis Vuitton Beijing is located in the Central Business District of the Chinese capital. Its 800m² exhibition space is dedicated exclusively to contemporary art exhibitions.

The Espace Louis Vuitton Beijing dedicates its new exhibition to major artist Alberto Giacometti. This show is the sixth presentation within the framework of the Fondation Louis Vuitton’s “Hors-les-murs” programme. Giacometti quickly turned away from the surreal objects that brought him recognition in the 1920s, to focus on the model. As the bodies he sculpted became thinner, and with a sense of lingering failure over his inability to reproduce his models as he perceived them, he achieved extreme simplification of the forms, reducing them to the essential lines of their precarious existence.

This exclusive display gathers eight key masterpieces of Giacometti’s oeuvre, that belong to the Collection: Tête sur tige [Head on a rod] (1947), Trois hommes qui marchent [Three men walking] (1948), Homme qui chavire [Man who capsizes] (1950), Femme de Venise III [Woman of Venice III] (1956), Grande Femme II [Tall Woman II] (1960) and Têtes d’homme [Heads of a man] (Lotar I), (Lotar II) and (Lotar III) (1964-65). These selected works pay tribute to the virtuosity of this iconic Swiss artist.

Espace Louis Vuitton Beijing
China World Shopping Mall South Zone W. Bldg.
1 Jianguomenwai Ave.
Beijing

For inquiries :
Louis Vuitton Client Services Center +86 400 6588 555

Open from Monday to Sunday - 11am to 7pm
Open on national holidays. Free entrance

Grande Femme II

© Succession Alberto Giacometti (Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti, Paris) © Adago, Paris 2021 Photo credits: © Fondation Louis Vuitton/Marc Domage

Femme de Venise III

© Succession Alberto Giacometti (Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti, Paris) © Adagp, Paris 2021 Photo credits: © Fondation Louis Vuitton/Marc Domage

Trois Hommes qui Marchent

© Succession Alberto Giacometti (Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti, Paris) © Adagp, Paris 2021

Homme qui Chavire

© Succession Alberto Giacometti (Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti, Paris) © Adago, Paris 2021 Photo credits: © Fondation Louis Vuitton/Marc Domage

Buste D'Homme

© Succession Alberto Giacometti (Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti, Paris) © Adagp, Paris 2021 Photo credits: © Fondation Louis Vuitton/David Bordes

Buste D'Homme Assis

© Succession Alberto Giacometti (Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti, Paris) © Adagp, Paris 2021 Photo credits: © Fondation Louis Vuitton/Marc Domage

Tête D'Homme

© Succession Alberto Giacometti (Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti, Paris) © Adagp, Paris 2021 Photo credits: © Primae/Claude Germain

Tête sur Tige

© Succession Alberto Giacometti (Fondation Alberto et Annette Giacometti, Paris) © Adagp, Paris 2021 Photo credits: © Fondation Louis Vuitton/Marc Domage

Seoul

Inaugurated in 2019, the Espace Louis Vuitton Seoul is nestled on the fourth floor of the Maison Louis Vuitton Seoul, the façade of which was designed by celebrated Canadian-American architect Frank Gehry. A glass structure inspired by the traditional Korean dance Dongnae Hakchum forms the shelter of a contemporary art space, reflecting the sails of the Fondation Louis Vuitton building in Paris.

The Espace Louis Vuitton Seoul presents, for the first time in Korea, the Version IX of Gerhard Richter’s 4900 Colours (2007). Classically trained as a painter, the famous German artist has maintained a lifelong fascination with the power of the image and painting's relationship with photography. His oeuvre, between figurative and abstract art, varies from photography-based portraits or landscape and still-life paintings, to gestural and monochrome abstractions, and color chart grid paintings where themes of chance, realism and abstraction are prominent. 4900 Colors, which belongs to the Collection, is displayed in Seoul within the framework of the Fondation Louis Vuitton’s Hors-les-murs programme.

Espace Louis Vuitton Seoul
454 Apgujeong-ro
Gangnam-gu
Seoul 06015
Korea

For inquiries :
T. +82 2 3432 1854
info_espace.kr@louisvuitton.com

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Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday: 12pm to 7pm
Closed on New Year’s Day, Lunar New Year’s Day, Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving) Day
Free admission

Gerhard Richter, 4900 FARBEN (2007).

© Courtesy of the artist and Fondation Louis Vuitton

Gerhard Richter, 4900 FARBEN (2007).

© Courtesy of the artist and Fondation Louis Vuitton

Gerhard Richter, 4900 FARBEN (2007).

© Courtesy of the artist and Fondation Louis Vuitton

Gerhard Richter, 4900 FARBEN (2007).

© Courtesy of the artist and Fondation Louis Vuitton

Gerhard Richter, 4900 FARBEN (2007).

© Courtesy of the artist and Fondation Louis Vuitton

Osaka

The Espace Louis Vuitton Osaka welcomes contemporary art lovers at the fifth floor of the Maison Louis Vuitton Osaka Midosuji. Conceived by Japanese architect Jun Aoki, this emblematic building bears an remarkable façade inspired by a traditional Higaki-Kaisen cargo ship and its billowing sails, drawing on the city’s sea-faring history.

Abstract expressionist painter Joan Mitchell structured her art around her desire to faithfully translate nature counterbalanced by a subjective and violent expressive force. Her chromatic sensuality, supported by the conspicuous structure of her works, refocused her paintings on the landscape in the 1980s, as evidenced by Untitled (1979) and Cypress (1980). On the other hand, Carl Andre’s minimalist oeuvre shows a rigorous execution and an explicit rejection of symbolism. His works, made of fundamental materials equivalent in form and structure, shall have no meaning of their own and bear no trace of his intervention, as seen in Draco (1979-2008) and its typical relationship to the space.

Espace Louis Vuitton Osaka’s inaugural show, Fragments of a landscape, reveals the richness of these major artists’ seemingly conflicting views, between violently colored expressive freedom and unvarnished geometric rigor. The works, which belong to the Collection, are presented within the framework of the "Hors-les-murs" programme of the Fondation Louis Vuitton.

Espace Louis Vuitton Osaka
Louis Vuitton Maison Osaka Midosuji 5F
2-8-16, Shinsaibashi-suji, Chuo-ku, Osaka 542-0085

For inquiries :
T. +81 3 5766 1094
espace_osaka.jp@louisvuitton.com

Opening Hours: Monday - Saturday, 12pm – 8pm
Closed on Louis Vuitton Maison Osaka Midosuji holidays
Free admission

Joan Mitchell, Untitled (1979).

© The Estate of Joan Mitchell. Courtesy of Fondation Louis Vuitton

Joan Mitchell, Cypress (1980).

© The Estate of Joan Mitchell. Courtesy of Fondation Louis Vuitton

Carl Andre, Draco (1979-2008).

© Adagp, Paris 2021. Photo credits: Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage. Courtesy of the artist and Fondation Louis Vuitton.