Those of you know know me know that I am a huge fan of the cool stuff that Louis Vuitton does. They have the leadership (Marc Jacobs) and finances (with LVMH) to change the landscape and traditions by working with bold and ingenuitive artists. Such is the case with the Hong Kong Museum of Art and Richard Prince.
Using his After Dark series as a starting point, Prince has adapted his post-pop, pulp-fiction book covers (a different After Dark Mills & Boon-esque book cover for each capital city) and weaved together a colossal After Dark tapestry with which he will wrap the exterior façade of Hong Kong’s Museum of Art against the backdrop of Victoria Harbour.
Renowned for transforming the banal into the sublime, the cities featured in Prince’s blown-up book covers range from Paris to London, Bangkok and back again - with every second section of the tapestry featuring a Hong Kong cover, in a site-specific nod to the cities ever-emergent cultural status. [Wallpaper*]
The HKMA exhibit Louis Vuitton: A Passion for Creation is an archival exhibition of the creative process.
The arrival of Marc Jacobs as artistic director in 1997 reinforced Louis Vuitton's ties with artists, notably through exemplary collaborations with Stephen Sprouse, Takashi Murakami and Richard Prince. In Hong Kong, the Louis Vuitton and Art exhibition brings this exciting story to life illustrating the creative process through installations combining works of art and archive documents. [HKMA]