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  • Altered States with James Turrell

    Art has the power to change our perspective. With Akhob, artist James Turrell deliberately alters our perceptions and expands our sensory experience.

    To enter Akhob, the walk-in light installation created by James Turrell for Louis Vuitton, is to experience the mind-bending Ganzfeld effect. A mild form of sensory deprivation, it is caused by exposure to an unstructured, uniform stimulus – in this case, a field of colored light.
    Turrell has created several Ganzfeld pieces in the past, but Akhob is the largest to date. The work’s title derives from an Egyptian term for “pure water.” One enters two illuminated chambers, the second of which is a light-filled void of indeterminate size. Only a few people are admitted to the installation at once.
    James Turrell has famously explored the effects of light on human perception; the artist  celebrates the power of light to affect the spectator’s eye, body and mind, and to heighten awareness.
    Akhob is the latest of three James Turrell installations commissioned by Louis Vuitton. The work will be on view from May 2013, just prior to concurrent exhibitions of Turrell’s work to be held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City.


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  • 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.

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  • 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.

    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.

    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

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