• Wheels, glorious wheels

    Louis Vuitton creates a captivating dance performance in the middle of an airport style setting. Two travellers meet, and their 4-wheel “Zéphyr” suitcases interact.

    A subtly retro look, reassuring curves, four wheels… Elegant and ergonomic, Zéphyr is the new star of Louis Vuitton’s luggage line. Since 1854, Louis Vuitton has accompanied the world’s most celebrated travellers, defining with each, expertly conceived and painstakingly crafted creations, an art de voyager.

    The new Zéphyr trolley case, true to its heritage of craftsmanship, combines respect for tradition with daring modern features. In this video, the dancers twist and turn the case with admirable ease. Both robust and lightweight, this wheeled suitcase is on a roll.

    More in the full animation here.

    Tags: Savoir-Faire, Heritage

  • The Game Parade

    Graphic artist Honet takes us on a psychedelic journey with this second part of our focus on Louis Vuitton and games.

    Games have always been popular at Louis Vuitton: Gaston-Louis made and collected board games, and jugglers were even exposed in store windows playing yo-yo in the 1930’s. The legendary chessboard, but also games of skills, cards, or dominos were edited with the colours and style of the Maison for specific occasions. Later in 2008, Louis Vuitton chose to open a new game-playing area by creating a line of Monogram cases and chests for poker, backgammon, dice, and even mahjong.

    For this second interpretation of the Louis Vuitton game universe, French artist and illustrator Honet has created this graphic video, in one continual, spiralling thread. These graphic compositions feature the many board and table games Louis Vuitton once created, ranging from the pool table down to the classic chess board whose pattern recalls the iconic Damier print of 1888.

    Tags: Animation, Video, Games, Featured

  • Turbulent Times Two

    The exhibition ‘Turbulences’ travels from the Espace culturel Louis Vuitton in Paris to the Villa Empain in Brussels.

    Turbulent processes are unpredictable and so is the exhibition illustrating this phenomenon. “Scrolls of smoke, wakes and washes of ships, turmoil of torrents and waterfalls…the movement creates turbulence.” This is how the curators of the exhibition ‘Turbulences’ in Paris introduced it in June 2012. Order and disorder, closely connected in the exhibition present a dynamic, poetic and captivating universe.
    The Villa Empain, a masterpiece of Art Deco architecture in Brussels, is currently the location for Turbulences II, the second presentation of an exhibition from the Espace culturel Louis Vuitton in Paris. By hosting a reprise of the exhibition with additional artworks, the Espace culturel Louis Vuitton starts a new cooperation with the Boghossian Foundation.
    Featured artists in slideshow: Pol Bury, Ryoichi Kurokawa, Angela Bulloch, Nicolas Moulin, Cy Twombly, Pascal Haudressy, Loris Cecchini, Sachiko Kodama.

    Tags: Espace Culturel, Exhibition

  • Correspondance: travelling messages

    A new exhibition at the Espace culturel Louis Vuitton considers the subject of Mail Art, a trend that began at the end of the 50s.

    Mail Art, also known as Postal or Correspondence Art, was a movement involving sending art through the international postal system, which started mid last century and rose in popularity particularly in the 1980s and early 1990s. From pioneer Ray Johnson to more recent generations of artists such as Eleanor Antin, Alighiero Boetti and Jan Dibbets, this exhibition presents works by twelve artists with different sensibilities.
    Stephen Antonakos focuses on the concept of network, whereas Vittorio Santoro and Danh Vo question the status of authorship. In addition the Espace culturel gave carte blanche to Clarisse Hahn and Guillaume Leblon, a videographer and sculptor respectively, respond to the possibilities of an art form which is as relevant as ever. The Mail Art phenomenon has moved to the internet whose social networks could have been predicted and anticipated by the interactive processes of postal collaborations and these initial communication networks.

    Tags: Espace Culturel, Exhibition, Mail

  • Rebirth-day Michelangelo Pistoletto

    The Espace culturel Louis Vuitton in collaboration with the Musée du Louvre celebrated Rebirth-day, the first worldwide day of rebirth.

    21st December 2012 marked the winter solstice in the northern hemisphere and the summer solstice in the Southern; a date celebrated by humanity since ancient times, with connotation of “the end of the world”.
    To mark this turning point more than 365 people came to the Cour Napoléon to draw a human chain in the shape of Contemporary artist Michelangelo Pistoletto’s Third Paradise and “New Infinity Sign”.
    According to the artist’s manifesto, this symbol marks the fusion between a 1st natural paradise and a 2nd superficial paradise and Rebirth day had arrived to bring forward a third paradise where humanity can reconcile and conjugate artifice with the earth.
    “An evolutionary step in which the human intelligence finds ways to live in harmony with the intelligence of nature.”- Michelangelo Pistoletto

    Tags: Espace Culturel, Paris, Video, Event