Richard Prince Artwork for Louis Vuitton, 2007
The exhibition encapsulates the company's historical association with the arts which burgeoned under Gaston-Louis Vuitton's stewardship and was cemented by a milestone series of historical collaborations, most recently with Marc Jacobs, who in turn invited collaboration from the likes of Murikami, Jeff Koons, Stephen Sprouse and Richard Prince to great effect during the reinvention of the luxury brand. Art is now integral to the house itself and in 2006 Yves Carcelle, Chairman and CEO of Louis Vuitton opened a multi-gallery space for artistic expression atop the Champs Elysées store.
Fondation Louis Vuitton pour la Création, a phenomenal new Frank Gehry designed arts centre in Paris. Situated on the Bois de Boulogne and the Jardin d'Acclimatation the glass pavilion expresses a "notion of transparency" according to the great architect. Ostensibly a series of chapel-like galleries connected by large expanses of glass, the Fondation Louis Vuitton pour la Création, along with the current Hong Kong exhibition suggests that Louis Vuitton's commitment to the arts is only growing stronger.
Louis Vuitton: A Passion For Creation
Hong Kong Museum Of Art
May 22 - August 9, 2009
Sunday - Friday 10am-6pm, Saturday 10am-8pm
Closed on Thursday (except public holidays)