The Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris will pay tribute to the late Virgil Abloh, artistic director of menswear at Louis Vuitton, with a two-week showing of his Coming of Age exhibition.
Unveiled at the Little Big Man Gallery in Los Angeles in 2019, the personal show traveled to Paris, Beijing, Milan, New York City, Munich, Tokyo, and Seoul. Coinciding with Abloh’s first campaign for the French leather goods house for spring 2019, it explored the themes of boyhood and youth through the works of artists such as Ed Templeton and Sandy Kim.
In its original format, the exhibition gave students, artists, and local communities access to a do-it-yourself “copy center” to build and create their own magazines with their favorite artworks. It has been expanded and reimagined for its two-week residency at the Frank Gehry-designed Fondation Louis Vuitton, which kicked off on Wednesday, April 13, and is set to end on April 27.
“A tribute to a hands-on creator, the exhibition encourages activities and participation, combining physical events with digital activations. Visitors become participants, alongside artists, photographers, musicians, directors, and animators,” Louis Vuitton said in a statement.
“Diverse but united, the participants serve as an illustration of Virgil Abloh’s mission and achievement to democratize the dream embodied by Louis Vuitton, rendering it a domain open to the aspirations of people from all walks of life, all ages, all genders, and all races,” the house added.
The exhibition is open to the public, free of charge, from Wednesday to April 27. The Fondation Louis Vuitton has hosted major modern art exhibitions including “The Morozov Collection, Icons of Modern Art,” which ended its run on April 3.
Abloh headed Vuitton’s menswear division from March 2018 until his death in November 2021 at the age of 41. The first large-scale retrospective of his work, “Figures of Speech,” made its debut at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago in 2019 and is coming to the Brooklyn Museum in July.
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