Every two weeks there will be some tips to go out for inspiration! Exhibitions, musea or other great places!
Editor: Dorien Luyckx
1. Faking it: Originals, Copies, and Counterfeits
Many debates about fashion today are about authenticity, copyright and the battle against counterfeits. First of all, is there a difference between licensed and unlicensed copies. Only the unlicensed copies are a crime against fashion designers. In the exhibition, the tension between the real and the copied clothing item is shown by posing both items next to each other.
One of the shown designers is Chanel. Chanel didn’t mind being copied as it was in her eyes free publicity and a big compliment. “Fashion should slip out of your hands. The very idea of protecting the seasonal arts is childish. One should not bother to protect that which dies the minute it is born.” A selection of six Chanel originals and copies from the 1960s to the 1980s will be featured in the exhibition.
You can visit the exhibition from the first of December till the 25th of April. More info is available on the museum website: NYFIT
2. Maggi Hambling. Walls of Water
“One of Britain’s most significant and controversial painters and sculptors, Maggi Hambling, exhibits a new series of dramatic paintings, which have never been seen in public before.” (National Gallery)
Maggi Hambling, the first National Gallery Artist in Residence (1980-81), has established a reputation over the last four decades as one of Britain’s most significant and controversial painters and sculptors. This automn she returns with an exhibition called Walls of Water. Maggi Hambling began her Walls of Water series after watching waves during a storm in Southwold, Suffolk, in 2010.
“I feel younger now than I ever did when I was young ctually. I seem to be painting more freely. I just feel freer, younger … smoking, drinking and beautiful women, that’s the secret.”
She stresses the importance of immediacy of a painting: “The one crucial thing that only painting can do is to make you feel as if you’re there while it’s being created – as if it’s happening in front of you.”
The exhibition is open for visitors from the 26th of November till the 15th of February next year. More info, you will find on the National Gallery website.
3. Une maison, des collections
In the Museum Dior in Granville is shown an exhibition about Christian Dior itself. About 40 Haute couture and ready-to-wear items, fashion accessories and personal memories of Christian Dior are presented together with family pictures and his sketches. As a visitor, you can dive into his life and experience his designs up close. This exhibition returns every automn, but every year different models are shown. Therefor the visitor can discover this collection at its fullest.
The exhibition gives new insight in the working process of the designer and the sources of his inspiration. It also shows all the aspects of the man Christian Dior and doesn’t only focusses on the designer, but also shows the man behind the brand.
You can visit the exhibition till the fourth of January at the Dior Museum in Granville. For more info, you can visit the musee Dior Granville.
4. Anton Kusters, Odo Yakuza Tokyo
It took ten months of negotiating before the photographer Anton Kuster gained the trust of a Japanese mob family from the Yakuza, an ancient old criminal Japanese organisation. Two years he infiltrated in a life-threatening environment. Now you can go visit his photoproject Odo Yakuza Tokyo.
Although the exhibition only lasts till the 14th of December, it is a unique insight in a japanese mob family. When you’re able to go and visit the exhibition you should. Japanese maffia is a closed-off world and through this exhibition you can catch a glance of this world of tradition, tattoo’s and violence.
You can find more info on the website of CC De Werf. The exhibition lastst till the 14th of December.
5. Bartholomeus Spranger Splendor and Eroticism in Imperial Prague
This exhibition is the first to be devoted to Bartholomeus Spranger (1546–1611). Bartholomeus Spranger was a fascinating artist who served a cardinal, a pope, and two Holy Roman Emperors. Spranger emerged as one of the most prominent artists at the court of Rudolf II in Prague and the most significant Northern Mannerist artist of his generation.
Mannerism is a european art style that emerged around 1520. Mannerism was as described by Umberto Eco in Storia della Bellezza (history of beauty) “while mannerist at first sight just imitated models of the renaissance and its classical beauty, they actually go against its rules. The classical beauty is shown as empty and shallow. The accent lies on the fantastic: their figures move within an irrational dreamworld, a surreal dimension.”
You can visit the exhibition in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York till the first of February. For more info, you can go to the website of Metmuseum.