The "Espace Louis Vuitton", a unique space of artistic and cultural expression on the seventh floor of its historic house at 101, avenue des Champs-Elysées.
The space is an unprecedented initiative that continues Louis Vuitton's long-standing associations with the world of art.In the spirit of openness that has always characterized the company's relationship with its age, the "Espace Louis Vuitton" extend invitations to exponents of a wide range of cultural and artistic disciplines - architects, designers, writers, visual artists,photographers, video makers and exibition designers.
The inaugural exhibition, related to the theme of fashion, reveals the company at its most avant-garde .It showcases the work of Vanessa Beecroft, the New-York based artist acclaimed for her live installations of groups of young women in a "uniform" of near nudity.
Inspired by her collaboration with Louis Vuitton, for wich she gave two performances at the official reopening of the Champs-Elyées house, Vanessa Beecroft present eight snapshots,
one panoramic photos and a film of this work.She also created
for this occasion an original artwork entitled "Alphabet Concept".
This artwork, encompassing 13 photographs in wich the Louis Vuitton logo and the letters of its name are spelt out in human form, invites us to reconsider our vision of the alphabet.
For the second exibition “India of the senses”, The works in question propose an engagement with contemporary India in a variety of registers: there is the sensorial approach of Stephen Dean, Béatrice Ardisson and Guillaume de Saint Phalle.
There is also the anthropological or social dimension, as explored by Bharat Sikka, Pushpamala N., Subodh Gupta, Raghubir Singh, Patrick Rimoux, Pierre Jeanneret, Lucien Hervé and Anita Dube, while a more intimate vision is exemplified by Sylvie Blocher. Finally, images of a more classical India, conceived by Antoine Jarrier, are projected onto the wall of the entrance hall.
Vanessa Beeccroft / Jimmy Cohrssen
Alphabet Concept by Vanessa Beecroft
Espace louis Vuitton
60, rue de Bassano