“The story of Chanel is really a story of emotions, of images and words. It is not just a history of fashion. It is more a history of feminine behavior. It is a social history by itself.”
Jean-Louis Froment, Curator Culture ChanelBack in October we learned that the Shanghai Museum of Contemporary Art was hosting Culture Chanel an exhibit featuring items from the life of Chanel and that illustrate her relationship with the arts. With over 400 items, curator Jean-Louis Froment brings us into Chanel’s world as she saw it and places her designs in the larger context of other artistic movements such as painting, music, dance and writing. The exhibit also shows some of the seeds of Mlle. Chanel’s inspiration and shows how mere thoughts and experiences shaped her designs.
The Guangzhou Opera House was designed by Zaha Hadid, who if you remember, also designed the Chanel Mobile Art Pavillion. The decision of venue is an indication of the direction of the exhibit which Chanel explains as an exploration of “the behaviours and attitudes that set this style in motion and that the Chanel designers apply today, giving Chanel a timeless contemporary quality.
Art Director Jean-Louis Froment, curator of the Culture Chanel exhibit stated: “It is a unique history that intertwines and may merge with history as a whole. It is the creation of a language that goes from Gabrielle Chanel’s timeline to the line of creations that the brand has to offer today.”
Today Chanel released a video of the behind-the-scenes preview of the Culture Chanel exhibit. In the video, we see the hanging of “Le Train Bleu” by Pablo Picasso. “Le Train Bleu” was a ballet by the Ballets Russes where Pablo Picasso painted the backdrop and Coco Chanel designed the costumes. This was but one example of Coco Chanel’s collaboration with the leading thinkers and artists of her time.
I wish I was going to be in Guangzhou so I could see this exhibit! If you are there in the next few months here are the details of the exhibit:
In collaboration with the Guangdong Museum of Art and the Guangzhou Opera House Chanel presents Culture Chanel.
- Guangzhou Opera House
- No 1, Zhujiang Xi Lu, Zhujiang New Town, Tianhe District, 510623 Guangzhou, China
- January 16, 2013 – March 3, 2013
- Opening hours: 10 am to 7 pm, Monday to Sunday
- Free admission upon presentation of valid ID
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