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  • 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

    Espace Culturel Paris Video Event
  • Exercises in style

    Louis Vuitton has invited three personalities from the world of street art to give a new look to its emblematic scarves.

    “Aiko, Retna and Os Gemeos represent the most complete and original expression of the emerging art scene which is coming out of street culture" confessed Jeffrey Deitch, the new director of MOCA Los Angeles. Under Aiko, Retna and Os Gemeos’ impulsion, the giant silk scarf, the stole and regular silk scarf devote themselves to a new look, with inscriptions and colours bursting with style and energy. A fusion between creation and tradition, their imaginary world and the technical constraints of production, unveil a colourful invitation to travel far and wide…in three acts.

    Accessories Collaboration Video
  • Retracing The Trunk

    Embark on an imaginary visual journey through light projection and mapping techniques to celebrate the savoir-faire of the prestigious trunk maker.

    Suited for explorers, archaeologists and adventurers, in the noblest sense of the term, Louis Vuitton’s trunks carry with them deeply engraved memories. Open an old trunk and a myriad of images escape, forgotten odours and anecdotes will resurface.

    Hundreds of thousands of trunks have been handmade by Louis Vuitton since the 19th century. They all have their own history. They are scattered throughout the four corners of the globe. Some sleep in attics, others are in museums, others are still travelling. Trunks are like special possessions, carefully preserved or lost forever.

    This short film by Les Courtisans immerses us in the visual history of Louis Vuitton trunks; jumping back and forth between the many designs developed by the house throughout the years; a graphic explosion at crossroads between the late 19th and early 21st century.

    Each trunk tells its own story, a story told “through those who order them, those who owned them, and the times in which they were made, as if, once wide open, they are no longer trunks but albums” - Patrick-Louis Vuitton.

    Savoir-Faire Trunks Animation Featured