The next major summer event from the Grimaldi Forum Monaco
will be dedicated to the work and imagination of Christian Louboutin, a footwear designer and key figure in the fashion industry who has drawn much of his inspiration from the Principality.
Christian Louboutin, LExhibition[niste], chapter II redesigned by its curator Olivier Gabet (Director of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs), will give the public a new perspective following the first exhibition at the Palais de la Porte Dorée in Paris in 2020.
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.
Far from a classic retrospective, the exhibition path was designed as a joyful odyssey through three decades of abundant creativity infused with curiosity for all cultures and arts.
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.
While the shoes will take pride of place, with a selection of unique pieces, the designer especially wanted to pay tribute to those who inspire him and make him dream.
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.
With this subject, previously unseen in its programming, the Grimaldi Forum offers a celebration of art through the wise and joyful eyes of contemporary designer Christian Louboutin.