Christian Louboutin – The Exhibition[ist]
July 9 @ 10:00 am - August 28 @ 8:00 pm
Christian Louboutin – The Exhibition[ist], revisited by curator Olivier Gabet, Director of the Museum of Decorative Arts, will offer a brand new perspective following an earlier exhibition at the Palais de la Porte Dorée in Paris in 2020 from Saturday 9 July to Sunday 28 August 2022, from 10 am to 8 pm, and Tuesday and Thursday evenings until 10 pm in the Grimaldi Forum Monaco.
The set design being prepared for Monaco will encompass 2,000 m² and unveil previously unseen works tied to the designer’s Monegasque inspirations as well as new collaborations, including a unique project being developed with British artist Allen Jones.
At the heart of the exhibition, the “Musée Imaginaire” room will bring together items from Louboutin’s personal collection and historic and artistic works borrowed from public and private collections, including from Monegasque museums. It will explore various themes in the designer’s work such as his love of dance and the legacy of the Ballets Russes, his passion for African art and Asia, the pop influence of Warhol, the photographic genius of Helmut Newton, and his fascination with oceanography.
The exhibition will present exclusive collaborations by Louboutin such as the stained glass created by the Maison du Vitrail, a silver Sevillian palanquin, and a cabaret sculpted in Bhutan. Visitors will also discover the designer’s various projects with artists such as the photography of director David Lynch, the video work of Lisa Reihana, the leather sculptures of English designers Whitaker Malem, the choreography of Blanca Li, and the work of artist Imran Qureshi, as well as an immersive space dedicated to sculptor and painter Allen Jones created especially with him for this exhibition.