Expositions de Gaultier: Dates à Montréal, Dallas et San Francisco.
- Montreal Museum of Fine Arts/Musée des Beaux-Arts
17 June 2011 - 2 October 2011
1380 Sherbrooke Street West, Montreal H36279, Canada
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- Dallas Museum of Art
9 November 2011 - 12 February 2012
- M.H. de Young Museum, San Francisco
24 March 2012 - 12 August 2012
The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: from the Sidewalk to the Catwalk
Art Newspaper - Jun 1, 2011
Style File Montreal Gazette
MONTREAL. Cindy Sherman wore one of his provocatively pointy corsets in a 1983 self-portrait and Madonna wore another for her “Blonde Ambition” tour in 1990.
Now Jean Paul Gaultier’s flamboyant theatricality is taking to a new stage at the Montreal Museum of Fine Art, in an exhibition built around his 35-year career as the one-time enfant terrible of French fashion.
Nathalie Bondil, the museum’s director, and Thierry Loriot, the show’s curator, are planning a multi-media extravaganza featuring 130 mannequins, 30 of them animated, plus videos, photos, sketches and archive material, in a mise-en-scène orchestrated by the Quebecois stage director Denis Marleau.
Bondil, who created the museum’s Yves Saint Laurent retrospective in 2008, approached Gaultier to do the show in 2009, intrigued by the way he took punk street culture and turned it into high art.
Bondil wanted the show to reverse the process, “to democratise fashion, especially haute couture, and bring it to the general public,” Loriot said.
A top male model for ten years in a previous career, Loriot has brought an insider’s knowledge, and address book, to the curator’s role.
“Gaultier has an exceptional imagination,” said Loriot. “The secret of his success is that he is revolutionary and traditional at the same time.” The exhibition spotlights the designer’s multiple collaborations and sources of inspiration, starting with the Jean Renoir films that he watched as a child, and the 1970s London of Vivienne Westwood, Malcolm McLaren and punk.
Bondil says Gaultier’s stylistic vision mirrors contemporary society and the show’s roster of references reads like a Who’s Who of celebrity culture: the photography of Sherman, Bettina Rheims and Richard Avedon; the New York pop of Andy Warhol and Madonna; the dance of Béjart and Preljocaj; and the cinema of Pedro Almodóvar.
But it will also show Gaultier’s commoner touch: “He was the first to use ‘street casting’, using real people as models.
He wants his customers to identify with who’s on the catwalk,” Loriot said. Funded by the museum, the show has been organised in collaboration with Gaultier and his fashion house, which opened its archives to provide material.
The show is due to travel to the Dallas Museum of Art (9 November-12 February 2012) and the M.H. de Young Museum, San Francisco (24 March-12 August 2012).
Source: Art Newspaper.