Divia Harilela reports: Art Basel Hong Kong may be dominated by heavy hitters from the art world, but Gucci’s new multimedia exhibition, “A Magazine Curated by Alessandro Michele”, gives a fashionable perspective on the fair.
Open to the public and hosted at PMQ in Aberdeen Street, Central, this is the third exhibition Michele has created since he became Gucci’s creative director. While it’s described as a re-creation of an issue of A Magazine that Michele guest-edited in 2016 (and which featured 280 pages of exclusive content developed by the designer), the exhibition goes a step further by offering visitors an intimate look at Michele’s wildly artistic and unconventional inspirations, which have made him one of fashion’s least traditional designers.
“It’s a 3D version of elements found in the issue, but also features unpublished photographs and works that we didn’t originally include. More than that, the exhibition is an opportunity to bring the magazine to a new audience, while revealing Michele through a different lens that isn’t just about fashion. It offers a different insight into the man,” says Dan Thawley, curator and editor-in-chief of A Magazine.
The exhibition covers three rooms, and features specially created art pieces and visuals that have been inspired by a sentence taken from a manuscript written by 18th-century writer Fanny de Beauharnais which proposes the exhibition’s theme – “L’Aveugle Par Amour” or Blind For Love.
Contributors hail from the worlds of art, fashion, music and beyond, with notable pieces from the likes of Vogue contributing editor Grace Coddington, photographers Glen Luchford, Venetia Scott and Paolo di Paolo, and artists Unskilled Worker (with whom Michele has collaborated before). These sit alongside more literal inspirations, including original decorative textiles from designer Fortuny dating to between 1910 and 1930, Italian 19th century paintings decorated with … (read more)