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Conservatorium Hotel Amsterdam
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Conservatorium Hotel Amsterdam

Travel The three founding hotels of The Set are located in the cultural heart of their vibrant cities. They have for decades a racted people who drive change and creativity and are places where established and emerging ideas come together to shape the future. Matching the spirit and pace of contemporary life, The Set hotels are explicitly designed to enable new discoveries and to capture the hearts and minds of guests in the process. These are places people love, want to return to and to tell others about. Simply put, they are the modern grand hotels of our time.     Over 100 years ago, architect Daniel Knuttel turned to a mix of neo-Gothic and Art Nouveau principles to visually celebrate the importance of the Conservatorium building. Today, Italian architect Piero Lissoni uses a contemporary design language to complement and continue this narrative. Inside and out, a strong design aesthetic is fundamental to the Conservatorium. It actually tells its story. The building’s original function as a savings bank is apparent in the playful details so embraced by the Art Nouveau movement. There are stone pigs carved into the staircase to symbolise piggy banks; spider webs on the tiles in the shopping arcade allude to spiders trapping ies to consume later; and the tiles also portray bees, which, metaphorically, save stocks of honey for the wintertime. These elements demonstrate an attention to design detail that remains today. Italian architect and design maestro Piero Lissoni was responsible for evolving this rich design history into a contemporary space. The way he merged the 19th century edi ce by encasing its interior courtyard in glass demonstrates a seamless, innate understanding of old and new, public and private. Lissoni’s style is rich, muted and stylishly pared-back. While his vision contrasts to the decorative nature of the original 19th century edice, it brings a new mood – and a new function – to this historic landmark building.     The Conservatorium regularly collaborates with the Conservatorium van Amsterdam music school and together they started the Expression of Art Award series. Each year, students from the jazz department are invited to play at the hotel. A jury is present to announce the winner, who is awarded with a monetary fund to encourage them in their musical career. The hotel’s cultural commitment goes beyond music. It has an ever-changing roster of contemporary artists displaying their work in the hotel lobby. These artists range from emerging talent to globally established names such as Banksy and Scholten & Baijings. Local artists also decorate the Artist in Residence Suites upstairs with works. These pieces are rotated frequently and are shown alongside publications giving details. They are accompanied by a series of lectures and workshops. The permanent art collection in the hotel has been curated by architect Piero Lissoni, and includes everything from reproductions of historic Dutch masterpieces to brand new commissions inspired by the Conservatorium’s cultural and musical history.   The Conservatorium has an illustrious, century-long past where society has always gathered together. This is especially apparent today in its elegant bar and restaurants. The restaurant Taiko rede nes contemporary Asian cuisine with authentic dishes made of local, seasonal products. Taiko takes its name from the Japanese for ‘drum’, and is located in the percussion room of the old music school. For something more casual, there is the Brasserie where platters full of healthy dishes greet customers as they arrive and afternoon tea is served every day. Lastly, the Tunes Bar serves cocktails, which are best enjoyed during the weekend when the in-house DJ brings the room alive.   The Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre marries innovative Western practices with ancient Eastern traditions. It boasts seven treatment rooms, including a double treatment suite, and o ers some of the nest signature spa treatments in Amsterdam. There is a private Hammam for purifying scrubs and massages. Akasha also features Amsterdam’s only Watsu pool for tailored hydro-treatments and guided meditation, as well as a large gym featuring Life Fitness equipment and private studios for yoga, pilates and more.     Located on Museumplein – Amsterdam’s historic cultural hub – the Conservatorium is surrounded by legendary artworks, ne examples of the applied arts and classical and jazz music in a set of world-famous institutions. Paintings by the Netherland’s greatest master can be found at the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum has a team of historic Dutch masterpieces by Rembrandt, Vermeer and Frans Hals. Contemporary art is shown close by at the Stedelijk Museum and Moco Museum and opposite is the Concertgebouw, which has one of Europe’s best music programmes. This community of culture is within footsteps of the Conservatorium.     Are you planning your next trip but want maximum flexibility? With The Set Flex you can book now, but change your dates and/or destination up to two times, up to the end of 2021. Have you booked your stay at the Conservatorium Hotel, but decide to go to Paris or London after all, with The Set Flex you can change the destination and the dates easily. Furthermore, you will get 25% discount on our best available rate and you can enjoy at the relaxing environment of the Akasha Holistic Wellbeing at each of our beautifully composed properties.   We love treats - who doesn't? Book your stay with us directly or via your preferred travel advisor and we'll treat you to a €30 hotel credit (or €60 for suite bookings) to enjoy in our restaurants or spa, a guaranteed upgrade, a guaranteed early check-in and a guaranteed late check-out until 3 pm. The best offer you will find, guaranteed. T&Cs apply.   For more information and booking please visit their website: conservatoriumhotel.com The three founding hotels of The Set are located in the cultural heart of their vibrant cities. They have for decades a racted people who drive change and creativity and are places where established and emerging ideas come together to shape the future. Matching the spirit and pace of contemporary life, The Set hotels are explicitly designed to enable new discoveries and to capture the hearts and minds of guests in the process. These are places people love, want to return to and to tell others about. Simply put, they are the modern grand hotels of our time.     Over 100 years ago, architect Daniel Knuttel turned to a mix of neo-Gothic and Art Nouveau principles to visually celebrate the importance of the Conservatorium building. Today, Italian architect Piero Lissoni uses a contemporary design language to complement and continue this narrative. Inside and out, a strong design aesthetic is fundamental to the Conservatorium. It actually tells its story. The building’s original function as a savings bank is apparent in the playful details so embraced by the Art Nouveau movement. There are stone pigs carved into the staircase to symbolise piggy banks; spider webs on the tiles in the shopping arcade allude to spiders trapping ies to consume later; and the tiles also portray bees, which, metaphorically, save stocks of honey for the wintertime. These elements demonstrate an attention to design detail that remains today. Italian architect and design maestro Piero Lissoni was responsible for evolving this rich design history into a contemporary space. The way he merged the 19th century edi ce by encasing its interior courtyard in glass demonstrates a seamless, innate understanding of old and new, public and private. Lissoni’s style is rich, muted and stylishly pared-back. While his vision contrasts to the decorative nature of the original 19th century edice, it brings a new mood – and a new function – to this historic landmark building.     The Conservatorium regularly collaborates with the Conservatorium van Amsterdam music school and together they started the Expression of Art Award series. Each year, students from the jazz department are invited to play at the hotel. A jury is present to announce the winner, who is awarded with a monetary fund to encourage them in their musical career. The hotel’s cultural commitment goes beyond music. It has an ever-changing roster of contemporary artists displaying their work in the hotel lobby. These artists range from emerging talent to globally established names such as Banksy and Scholten & Baijings. Local artists also decorate the Artist in Residence Suites upstairs with works. These pieces are rotated frequently and are shown alongside publications giving details. They are accompanied by a series of lectures and workshops. The permanent art collection in the hotel has been curated by architect Piero Lissoni, and includes everything from reproductions of historic Dutch masterpieces to brand new commissions inspired by the Conservatorium’s cultural and musical history.   The Conservatorium has an illustrious, century-long past where society has always gathered together. This is especially apparent today in its elegant bar and restaurants. The restaurant Taiko rede nes contemporary Asian cuisine with authentic dishes made of local, seasonal products. Taiko takes its name from the Japanese for ‘drum’, and is located in the percussion room of the old music school. For something more casual, there is the Brasserie where platters full of healthy dishes greet customers as they arrive and afternoon tea is served every day. Lastly, the Tunes Bar serves cocktails, which are best enjoyed during the weekend when the in-house DJ brings the room alive.   The Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre marries innovative Western practices with ancient Eastern traditions. It boasts seven treatment rooms, including a double treatment suite, and o ers some of the nest signature spa treatments in Amsterdam. There is a private Hammam for purifying scrubs and massages. Akasha also features Amsterdam’s only Watsu pool for tailored hydro-treatments and guided meditation, as well as a large gym featuring Life Fitness equipment and private studios for yoga, pilates and more.     Located on Museumplein – Amsterdam’s historic cultural hub – the Conservatorium is surrounded by legendary artworks, ne examples of the applied arts and classical and jazz music in a set of world-famous institutions. Paintings by the Netherland’s greatest master can be found at the Van Gogh Museum and the Rijksmuseum has a team of historic Dutch masterpieces by Rembrandt, Vermeer and Frans Hals. Contemporary art is shown close by at the Stedelijk Museum and Moco Museum and opposite is the Concertgebouw, which has one of Europe’s best music programmes. This community of culture is within footsteps of the Conservatorium.     Are you planning your next trip but want maximum flexibility? With The Set Flex you can book now, but change your dates and/or destination up to two times, up to the end of 2021. Have you booked your stay at the Conservatorium Hotel, but decide to go to Paris or London after all, with The Set Flex you can change the destination and the dates easily. Furthermore, you will get 25% discount on our best available rate and you can enjoy at the relaxing environment of the Akasha Holistic Wellbeing at each of our beautifully composed properties.   We love treats - who doesn't? Book your stay with us directly or via your preferred travel advisor and we'll treat you to a €30 hotel credit (or €60 for suite bookings) to enjoy in our restaurants or spa, a guaranteed upgrade, a guaranteed early check-in and a guaranteed late check-out until 3 pm. The best offer you will find, guaranteed. T&Cs apply.   For more information and booking please visit their website: conservatoriumhotel.com

Merijn Kavelaars presents My Dogma
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Merijn Kavelaars presents My Dogma

Art New solo exhibition in Art Chapel in Amsterdam, 10-13 September 2020     Amsterdam, 9 September 2020 – Analogue art combined with video mapping. These are the ingredients for My Dogma, the new solo exhibition by Merijn Kavelaars that is on show in the Art Chapel in Amsterdam from 10 September.  His studio, an empty church that should remain untouched, is the starting point of the exhibition. Confrontation and intuition spur him to free himself from the limitation of the church and to reinvent himself as an artist. From his dogma – intuition, challenge and liberation – he brings his practice to a higher level.     The church as his canvas: Early 2020, Kavelaars temporarily occupies a 900 m2 Catholic church in Amsterdam-Noord. For the artist, who is used to not limiting himself to the canvas, this workspace is both a blessing and a curse. The walls are invitingly white, a perfect blank canvas for his large-scale murals and paintings. Sparsely decorated as it may be, the church is a monument, which makes it forbidden for Kavelaars to make any alterations to the space. The impressive interior thus remains the same and the walls must remain untouched.     A new visual language:   The monumental church, presenting as many opportunities as it does limitations, may be one of the largest artistic challenges Kavelaars has faced. “This building symbolises a dogmatic way of thinking – despite the possibilities it presents me as an artist, it is a rigid place that hangs on to conventions. Within this limitation, my work shows that I am diametrically opposed to that. I show my dogma – intuition, challenge and liberation,” says Merijn Kavelaars.  The church makes him rethink his art practice. Here he 'discovers' digital media, develops new ways of working, and starts a new chapter in his visual language.     Live painting:   Looking for a way to paint the church, Kavelaars turns to a digital approach. He decides to create stop-motion animations that are projected onto the walls and ornaments by creative studio Mr. Beam. Together they blend an analogue approach with new media without losing sight of the autonomous process. In dozens of shots, the artist captures the development of an artwork. The church is taken over by doodles that follow the architecture of the space. Kavelaars then makes room for his expressive, more autonomous work – he challenges his own figurative doodles with harsh black strokes of paint. He erases his doodled universe and replaces it with bold colours and elements that result in 12 entirely new works.     My Dogma in Art Chapel:   During the exhibition, the 12 works that are on show, were all assembled in the same way. Each of the works has been turned into a stop-motion animation and projected onto the church walls. The projections are documented in a video that is shown during the exhibition.     In order to follow the current rules regarding Covid-19, visitors are asked to sign up and reserve a timeslot via: www.kavelaars.com       MERIJN KAVELAARS – 'MY DOGMA', 10-13 September 2020. Afterwards, the exhibition will be available online. Press presentation: 9 September 2020 Location: Art Chapel, Pr. Irenestraat 21, 1077 WT Amsterdam Website: www.kavelaars.com New solo exhibition in Art Chapel in Amsterdam, 10-13 September 2020     Amsterdam, 9 September 2020 – Analogue art combined with video mapping. These are the ingredients for My Dogma, the new solo exhibition by Merijn Kavelaars that is on show in the Art Chapel in Amsterdam from 10 September.  His studio, an empty church that should remain untouched, is the starting point of the exhibition. Confrontation and intuition spur him to free himself from the limitation of the church and to reinvent himself as an artist. From his dogma – intuition, challenge and liberation – he brings his practice to a higher level.     The church as his canvas: Early 2020, Kavelaars temporarily occupies a 900 m2 Catholic church in Amsterdam-Noord. For the artist, who is used to not limiting himself to the canvas, this workspace is both a blessing and a curse. The walls are invitingly white, a perfect blank canvas for his large-scale murals and paintings. Sparsely decorated as it may be, the church is a monument, which makes it forbidden for Kavelaars to make any alterations to the space. The impressive interior thus remains the same and the walls must remain untouched.     A new visual language:   The monumental church, presenting as many opportunities as it does limitations, may be one of the largest artistic challenges Kavelaars has faced. “This building symbolises a dogmatic way of thinking – despite the possibilities it presents me as an artist, it is a rigid place that hangs on to conventions. Within this limitation, my work shows that I am diametrically opposed to that. I show my dogma – intuition, challenge and liberation,” says Merijn Kavelaars.  The church makes him rethink his art practice. Here he 'discovers' digital media, develops new ways of working, and starts a new chapter in his visual language.     Live painting:   Looking for a way to paint the church, Kavelaars turns to a digital approach. He decides to create stop-motion animations that are projected onto the walls and ornaments by creative studio Mr. Beam. Together they blend an analogue approach with new media without losing sight of the autonomous process. In dozens of shots, the artist captures the development of an artwork. The church is taken over by doodles that follow the architecture of the space. Kavelaars then makes room for his expressive, more autonomous work – he challenges his own figurative doodles with harsh black strokes of paint. He erases his doodled universe and replaces it with bold colours and elements that result in 12 entirely new works.     My Dogma in Art Chapel:   During the exhibition, the 12 works that are on show, were all assembled in the same way. Each of the works has been turned into a stop-motion animation and projected onto the church walls. The projections are documented in a video that is shown during the exhibition.     In order to follow the current rules regarding Covid-19, visitors are asked to sign up and reserve a timeslot via: www.kavelaars.com       MERIJN KAVELAARS – 'MY DOGMA', 10-13 September 2020. Afterwards, the exhibition will be available online. Press presentation: 9 September 2020 Location: Art Chapel, Pr. Irenestraat 21, 1077 WT Amsterdam Website: www.kavelaars.com

Garage Amsterdam presents 8th Ply group exhibition
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Garage Amsterdam presents 8th Ply group exhibition

Art Seven layers of maple wood, or 7-ply, is the core construction of the skateboard deck and the bedrock of this globally popular sport/lifestyle. In a year when skateboarding was destined to debut as an official Olympic sport for the first time in history, 8th Ply is here to put a focus on another layer of this popular activity. Continuing their successful collaboration Sasha Bogojev and Mark Chalmers team up again for 8th Ply. Curated by Sasha Bogojev and presented by e Garage Amsterdam, 8th Ply is a group exhibition featuring artists whose lives were, and are, signi cantly marked by their connection with skateboarding.     Working in a variety of mediums, applying different techniques, and using a diverse range of aesthetics to express their creativity, the presentation aims to provide a glimpse at the uniqueness, imagination, and resourcefulness of the people closely connected to skateboarding. And while skateboarding itself is now a big part of popular culture and is getting heavily branded as a mainstream sport, 8th Ply serves as a metaphor for the cardinal ingredient that turns a wooden plank into a form of identi cation.     “From my perspective, 8th Ply represents the channeling of human energy and emotion into the artifact of the skateboard. e combination of board and rider together allows each to become greater than the sum of their parts. My work across the globe bears witness to the inspiring magic that occurs when skateboarders—particularly among SOC—are allowed to move beyond the local and contribute their viewpoints, actions, and activism to the global language of skateboarding culture. Each rider carries a di erent thread of humanity which, when woven into the broader fabric of skateboarding, emboldens the next generation to see skateboarding as an outlet for their voice.     As a young Black teenager, I witnessed rsthand how overt and covert racism negatively a ected the lives of people of color, and I sought ways to disrupt its e ects. Once discovering skateboarding, I found a new space of freedom and self-ex- pression, as part of a multi-gendered, multiracial collective dedicated to pushing through life’s challenges atop 7-Plys of Hardrock-maple. e diversity within our coalition o ered a blueprint, which demonstrated that when harnessed correct- ly, skateboarding culture might o er the possibility to challenge power, build community, and create social change.” - Dr. Ne alie Williams, Artist. Scholar. Diplomat. Activist. Skateboarder.     8th Ply features work by Ed Templeton, James Jarvis, Jean Jullien, Adam Neate, Boris Tellegen, Parra, Josh Jeferson, Andrew Schoultz, and Jeffrey Cheung.     Garage Amsterdam was created in 2004 by Mark Chalmers, a creative director and founder of the interna- tionally lauded Creative Social. Mark also runs the international studio Chalming.Co where he is working with artists and art to build global brands through culture. Brands such as Nike, Dior, Google and Patagonia. Fascinated by the power of grassroots networks, Chalmers started e Garage Amsterdam, as a place where artists could stay while in Amsterdam, create and exhibit work and connect with other artists. Since 1631 and now a UNESCO World Heritage site the space has born witness from Calvanism through Rem- brandt, and as a former brewery, restation, church and squat, continues its cultural theme embracing artists working with museums, causes and contemporary shows.     Adam Neate - British artist whose works on recycled cardboard le in the street for anyone to collect made a big push towards transferring street art into galleries. rough his studio practice has been exploring with Dimensional Painting in which he mixes unordinary mediums and techniques to elevate his gure-based works above the at surface. e artist has been actively skateboarding for decades and had an exhibition comprising of 100 hand- illustrated skateboard decks with Clown Skateboards in the UK.   Andrew Schoultz - LA-based artist equally popular for his large-scale intricate murals, and his densely layered pain- tings that are transforming the illustrative elements into a visual language of its own. Created as an intuitive response to various social, political, and economical issues, the works’ visual chaoticness follows their thematic complexity. Over the years his love for skateboarding and art has been intertwining through the di erent projects including painting the In nity Plaza skate park in Miami, the Community Skatepark in Las Vegas, or the infamous Tampa skatepark.   Boris Tellegen - Dutch visual artist who started his artistic career in the 1980s under pseudonym DELTA, treating his tag/name as a sculpture and being one of the pioneers of dimensional gra ti. rough his practice, he is regularly mixing the in uences of his education in industrial design with a constructivist approach, while working with every- thing from architecture, painting, sculpture, and installation. Over the years he collaborated or worked on many skate- boarding-related projects, including designing a Supreme logo or working on a line of apparel with Pop Trading Co.   Ed Templeton - American professional skateboarder, contemporary artist, and photographer., founder of the iconic skateboard company, Toy Machine, based in Huntington Beach, California. roughout his life, he’s been intertwining his passion for street photography, drawing, and painting, regularly exhibiting these works together as well as using them as key elements in the visual identity of his skateboard company. With a focus on suburban America, youth culture, and the neglected, Toy Machine made a critical change opening the skateboarding world towards diversity and inclusion.   James Jarvis - British illustrator and toy designer whose illustrations transcended the boundaries of the visual art form, elevating him to a visual philosopher title. rough his expressive, intuitive, quirky simplistic illustrations, Jarvis is observing the world, o en using his skateboarding sensibility to tackle everything from most mundane, to existential issues. Over the years he worked on countless skateboard-related projects, including collaborating with companies such as Krooked, Nike SB, etc.   Jean Jullien - French graphic designer and illustrator, who in recent years re-focused his creative practice from making witty commentary on everyday life towards painting a visual diary of his life. Portraying everything from family mo- ments, rural France, beachside life, to sur ng, the work has been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world. In 2016 he designed a line of skateboards for Almost Skateboards and has collaborated with e Skateroom on a special project.   Jeffrey Cheung - Bay Area artist whose playful and intimate visuals have been showcased widely around the globe and led him to launching Unity, a printing press and skateboard company that supports queer, trans, and people of color (QTPOC). While painting and illustration have been arguably his recognized route for self-expression, he is active in the world of skateboarding and music, always putting the focus on keeping the doors open for people who have been unable to express their honest selves.   Josh Jefferson - Visual artist actively producing work since the late 1990s with a focus on material experimentation and visual simplicity. Born and raised in Santa Cruz, California, the artist grew up surrounded by skateboarding and sur ng culture which strongly informed his aesthetics and approach to creative expression. Boun- cing between playing Free Jazz and Free Improv and painting, his ongoing studio practice is focused on abstracted conceptualizing of the human face.   Parra - Dutch visual artist from Amsterdam who’s been working with design, drawing, painting, animation, and sculp- ture, and has been showing his work at galleries worldwide as well as collaborating with countless major brands. A few years back he launched the unique Tired Skateboards brand, focused on the veterans among skateboarders, and has recently collaborated with Nike on designing the national uniforms for Olympic Games for skateboarding teams from the USA, France, and Brazil. Seven layers of maple wood, or 7-ply, is the core construction of the skateboard deck and the bedrock of this globally popular sport/lifestyle. In a year when skateboarding was destined to debut as an official Olympic sport for the first time in history, 8th Ply is here to put a focus on another layer of this popular activity. Continuing their successful collaboration Sasha Bogojev and Mark Chalmers team up again for 8th Ply. Curated by Sasha Bogojev and presented by e Garage Amsterdam, 8th Ply is a group exhibition featuring artists whose lives were, and are, signi cantly marked by their connection with skateboarding.     Working in a variety of mediums, applying different techniques, and using a diverse range of aesthetics to express their creativity, the presentation aims to provide a glimpse at the uniqueness, imagination, and resourcefulness of the people closely connected to skateboarding. And while skateboarding itself is now a big part of popular culture and is getting heavily branded as a mainstream sport, 8th Ply serves as a metaphor for the cardinal ingredient that turns a wooden plank into a form of identi cation.     “From my perspective, 8th Ply represents the channeling of human energy and emotion into the artifact of the skateboard. e combination of board and rider together allows each to become greater than the sum of their parts. My work across the globe bears witness to the inspiring magic that occurs when skateboarders—particularly among SOC—are allowed to move beyond the local and contribute their viewpoints, actions, and activism to the global language of skateboarding culture. Each rider carries a di erent thread of humanity which, when woven into the broader fabric of skateboarding, emboldens the next generation to see skateboarding as an outlet for their voice.     As a young Black teenager, I witnessed rsthand how overt and covert racism negatively a ected the lives of people of color, and I sought ways to disrupt its e ects. Once discovering skateboarding, I found a new space of freedom and self-ex- pression, as part of a multi-gendered, multiracial collective dedicated to pushing through life’s challenges atop 7-Plys of Hardrock-maple. e diversity within our coalition o ered a blueprint, which demonstrated that when harnessed correct- ly, skateboarding culture might o er the possibility to challenge power, build community, and create social change.” - Dr. Ne alie Williams, Artist. Scholar. Diplomat. Activist. Skateboarder.     8th Ply features work by Ed Templeton, James Jarvis, Jean Jullien, Adam Neate, Boris Tellegen, Parra, Josh Jeferson, Andrew Schoultz, and Jeffrey Cheung.     Garage Amsterdam was created in 2004 by Mark Chalmers, a creative director and founder of the interna- tionally lauded Creative Social. Mark also runs the international studio Chalming.Co where he is working with artists and art to build global brands through culture. Brands such as Nike, Dior, Google and Patagonia. Fascinated by the power of grassroots networks, Chalmers started e Garage Amsterdam, as a place where artists could stay while in Amsterdam, create and exhibit work and connect with other artists. Since 1631 and now a UNESCO World Heritage site the space has born witness from Calvanism through Rem- brandt, and as a former brewery, restation, church and squat, continues its cultural theme embracing artists working with museums, causes and contemporary shows.     Adam Neate - British artist whose works on recycled cardboard le in the street for anyone to collect made a big push towards transferring street art into galleries. rough his studio practice has been exploring with Dimensional Painting in which he mixes unordinary mediums and techniques to elevate his gure-based works above the at surface. e artist has been actively skateboarding for decades and had an exhibition comprising of 100 hand- illustrated skateboard decks with Clown Skateboards in the UK.   Andrew Schoultz - LA-based artist equally popular for his large-scale intricate murals, and his densely layered pain- tings that are transforming the illustrative elements into a visual language of its own. Created as an intuitive response to various social, political, and economical issues, the works’ visual chaoticness follows their thematic complexity. Over the years his love for skateboarding and art has been intertwining through the di erent projects including painting the In nity Plaza skate park in Miami, the Community Skatepark in Las Vegas, or the infamous Tampa skatepark.   Boris Tellegen - Dutch visual artist who started his artistic career in the 1980s under pseudonym DELTA, treating his tag/name as a sculpture and being one of the pioneers of dimensional gra ti. rough his practice, he is regularly mixing the in uences of his education in industrial design with a constructivist approach, while working with every- thing from architecture, painting, sculpture, and installation. Over the years he collaborated or worked on many skate- boarding-related projects, including designing a Supreme logo or working on a line of apparel with Pop Trading Co.   Ed Templeton - American professional skateboarder, contemporary artist, and photographer., founder of the iconic skateboard company, Toy Machine, based in Huntington Beach, California. roughout his life, he’s been intertwining his passion for street photography, drawing, and painting, regularly exhibiting these works together as well as using them as key elements in the visual identity of his skateboard company. With a focus on suburban America, youth culture, and the neglected, Toy Machine made a critical change opening the skateboarding world towards diversity and inclusion.   James Jarvis - British illustrator and toy designer whose illustrations transcended the boundaries of the visual art form, elevating him to a visual philosopher title. rough his expressive, intuitive, quirky simplistic illustrations, Jarvis is observing the world, o en using his skateboarding sensibility to tackle everything from most mundane, to existential issues. Over the years he worked on countless skateboard-related projects, including collaborating with companies such as Krooked, Nike SB, etc.   Jean Jullien - French graphic designer and illustrator, who in recent years re-focused his creative practice from making witty commentary on everyday life towards painting a visual diary of his life. Portraying everything from family mo- ments, rural France, beachside life, to sur ng, the work has been exhibited in galleries and museums around the world. In 2016 he designed a line of skateboards for Almost Skateboards and has collaborated with e Skateroom on a special project.   Jeffrey Cheung - Bay Area artist whose playful and intimate visuals have been showcased widely around the globe and led him to launching Unity, a printing press and skateboard company that supports queer, trans, and people of color (QTPOC). While painting and illustration have been arguably his recognized route for self-expression, he is active in the world of skateboarding and music, always putting the focus on keeping the doors open for people who have been unable to express their honest selves.   Josh Jefferson - Visual artist actively producing work since the late 1990s with a focus on material experimentation and visual simplicity. Born and raised in Santa Cruz, California, the artist grew up surrounded by skateboarding and sur ng culture which strongly informed his aesthetics and approach to creative expression. Boun- cing between playing Free Jazz and Free Improv and painting, his ongoing studio practice is focused on abstracted conceptualizing of the human face.   Parra - Dutch visual artist from Amsterdam who’s been working with design, drawing, painting, animation, and sculp- ture, and has been showing his work at galleries worldwide as well as collaborating with countless major brands. A few years back he launched the unique Tired Skateboards brand, focused on the veterans among skateboarders, and has recently collaborated with Nike on designing the national uniforms for Olympic Games for skateboarding teams from the USA, France, and Brazil.

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Nxt Museum, the first new media art museum in the Netherlands, opens its doors
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Nxt Museum, the first new media art museum in the Netherlands, opens its doors

Art From last week, visitors can immerse themselves in the futuristic world of Nxt Museum.The groundbreaking museum - which is the first in the Netherlands dedicated to New Media Art - opens its doors to the public with the inaugural exhibition ‘Shifting Proximities’.     Located in the up-and-coming North of Amsterdam, Nxt Museum presents eight large-scale, multi-sensory art installations, four of which have been commissioned by and are premiering at Nxt Museum. Each of the multi-disciplinary installations has been created in collaboration with local and international artists, designers, technologists, scientists and musicians, fusing creative ideas with pioneering academic research and technological innovation.     Merel van Helsdingen, Founder and Managing Director of the museum, said: “We’re excited beyond belief to be welcoming our first visitors today after three years in-the-making and some hurdles along the way. At Nxt Museum, we fuse innovative art and state-of-the-art technology to reflect on the present and look towards the future. I hope that our visitors will feel challenged, stimulated and inspired by these incredible artworks and will leave with new understandings of the world and their place within it.”     Shifting Proximities, curated by Bogomir Doringer with co-curator Jesse Damiani, examines how human experience and interaction are affected by social and technological change. Visitors are invited to engage and interact physically, emotionally and intellectually with the art — from experiencing the formation of a black hole, to learning how plants communicate with each other, and subjecting themselves to the flaws of facial recognition algorithms.     Curator Bogomir Doringer said: “We’re opening the museum in times of COVID-19, which has dramatically shifted the proximities between us and has changed life as we know it. In moments like these, we must come together and unite towards common goals. Shifting Proximities explores how technology helps us stay connected and protected, while confronting how it can be mobilised to control and exploit us. We place artists at the forefront of navigating these complex contradictions and, by relying on active audience participation, we aim to highlight the role and responsibility of us all in shaping the future.”     The works in the first exhibition are: ●  Connected (2020), a new commission by audio-visual artist Roelof Knol with sound by Marc Mahfoud ●  Topologies #1 (2020), a new commission by United Visual Artists (UVA) ●  Habitat (2020), a new work by artist Heleen Blanken with software developer NAIVI and sound artist Stijn van Beek ●  Distortions in Spacetime (2018-2020) by audiovisual pioneers Marshmallow Laser Feast ●  Econtinuum (2020), a new commission by ecological artist Thijs Biersteker in collaboration with plant neurobiologist Stefano Mancuso ●  Biometric Mirror (2018-2020) by sci-fi artist and body architect Lucy McRae and Dr Niels Wouters, an action researcher in human-computer interaction and digital ethics ●  Nxt Stage presents: Dimensional Sampling (2019-2020) by artist and coder Yuxi Cao (James) with sound artist Lau Hiu Kong (Lawrence) ●  Nxt Lab presents: a series of four videoworks by Algorithmic Justice League and Joy Buolamwini. Shaking up the tradition of wall texts, digital artist Benjamin Muzzin and sound designer Danny van der Lagt have been commissioned to create explanatory materials that use a combination of projections, moving-image and text to delve further into the rigorous research and collaborative creative process behind each of the art installations. The ‘transition rooms’, situated between the art installations, also offer visitors a place to relax, reflect and re-set as they move through the exhibition.     Shifting Proximities takes over the entirety of Nxt Museum’s 1,400 square metre exhibition space, includingNxt Lab – a dynamic space for education, research and development, and home to the artist residency programme – and Nxt Stage, a platform for innovative performances and audiovisual art. These two regularly- rotating spaces allow Nxt Museum to stay relevant and respond to urgent socio-political concerns. From last week, visitors can immerse themselves in the futuristic world of Nxt Museum.The groundbreaking museum - which is the first in the Netherlands dedicated to New Media Art - opens its doors to the public with the inaugural exhibition ‘Shifting Proximities’.     Located in the up-and-coming North of Amsterdam, Nxt Museum presents eight large-scale, multi-sensory art installations, four of which have been commissioned by and are premiering at Nxt Museum. Each of the multi-disciplinary installations has been created in collaboration with local and international artists, designers, technologists, scientists and musicians, fusing creative ideas with pioneering academic research and technological innovation.     Merel van Helsdingen, Founder and Managing Director of the museum, said: “We’re excited beyond belief to be welcoming our first visitors today after three years in-the-making and some hurdles along the way. At Nxt Museum, we fuse innovative art and state-of-the-art technology to reflect on the present and look towards the future. I hope that our visitors will feel challenged, stimulated and inspired by these incredible artworks and will leave with new understandings of the world and their place within it.”     Shifting Proximities, curated by Bogomir Doringer with co-curator Jesse Damiani, examines how human experience and interaction are affected by social and technological change. Visitors are invited to engage and interact physically, emotionally and intellectually with the art — from experiencing the formation of a black hole, to learning how plants communicate with each other, and subjecting themselves to the flaws of facial recognition algorithms.     Curator Bogomir Doringer said: “We’re opening the museum in times of COVID-19, which has dramatically shifted the proximities between us and has changed life as we know it. In moments like these, we must come together and unite towards common goals. Shifting Proximities explores how technology helps us stay connected and protected, while confronting how it can be mobilised to control and exploit us. We place artists at the forefront of navigating these complex contradictions and, by relying on active audience participation, we aim to highlight the role and responsibility of us all in shaping the future.”     The works in the first exhibition are: ●  Connected (2020), a new commission by audio-visual artist Roelof Knol with sound by Marc Mahfoud ●  Topologies #1 (2020), a new commission by United Visual Artists (UVA) ●  Habitat (2020), a new work by artist Heleen Blanken with software developer NAIVI and sound artist Stijn van Beek ●  Distortions in Spacetime (2018-2020) by audiovisual pioneers Marshmallow Laser Feast ●  Econtinuum (2020), a new commission by ecological artist Thijs Biersteker in collaboration with plant neurobiologist Stefano Mancuso ●  Biometric Mirror (2018-2020) by sci-fi artist and body architect Lucy McRae and Dr Niels Wouters, an action researcher in human-computer interaction and digital ethics ●  Nxt Stage presents: Dimensional Sampling (2019-2020) by artist and coder Yuxi Cao (James) with sound artist Lau Hiu Kong (Lawrence) ●  Nxt Lab presents: a series of four videoworks by Algorithmic Justice League and Joy Buolamwini. Shaking up the tradition of wall texts, digital artist Benjamin Muzzin and sound designer Danny van der Lagt have been commissioned to create explanatory materials that use a combination of projections, moving-image and text to delve further into the rigorous research and collaborative creative process behind each of the art installations. The ‘transition rooms’, situated between the art installations, also offer visitors a place to relax, reflect and re-set as they move through the exhibition.     Shifting Proximities takes over the entirety of Nxt Museum’s 1,400 square metre exhibition space, includingNxt Lab – a dynamic space for education, research and development, and home to the artist residency programme – and Nxt Stage, a platform for innovative performances and audiovisual art. These two regularly- rotating spaces allow Nxt Museum to stay relevant and respond to urgent socio-political concerns.

PRE-ORDER for our coming Fall & Winter issue is now available on BoutiqueMags.com
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PRE-ORDER for our coming Fall & Winter issue is now available on BoutiqueMags.com

Fashion We are excited to share a small preview of our coming Fall & Winter issue released in October. You can now pre-order it in the link in our bio. / Happy Birthday to one of our cover stars @josephinelangford photographed by @damon_baker and styled by @lisajarvis_stylist and editor-in-chief @timiletonja#NuméroNetherlands #PreOrder#NewIssue #ComingSoon      PRE-ORDER: https://boutiquemags.com/products/numero-netherlands-issue3?_pos=3&_sid=4125eab4b&_ss=r   We are excited to share a small preview of our coming Fall & Winter issue released in October. You can now pre-order it in the link in our bio. / Happy Birthday to one of our cover stars @josephinelangford photographed by @damon_baker and styled by @lisajarvis_stylist and editor-in-chief @timiletonja#NuméroNetherlands #PreOrder#NewIssue #ComingSoon      PRE-ORDER: https://boutiquemags.com/products/numero-netherlands-issue3?_pos=3&_sid=4125eab4b&_ss=r  

KOMONO X  ROYAL ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS ANTWERP  FASHION DEPARTMENT
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KOMONO X ROYAL ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS ANTWERP FASHION DEPARTMENT

Accessories After a successful first edition, KOMONO is proud to renew its partnership with the fashion department of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp. KOMONO worked together with three master students in the creation of a pair of sunglasses linked to the students’ personal work. The result is an outspoken collection that bolsters the fresh vision of tomorrow’s top designers.     KOMONO x Annemarie Saric:   Inspired by the concept cars of the late 70s and their aerodynamic qualities, Annemarie Saric’s futuristic-looking proposition features a shaped lens and intricate temple detailing. Formed by a cut-out and collage technique of vintage car parts, the glasses are characterized by their highly sculptural effect.     KOMONO x Karolina Widecka:   Investigating the duality between a fragile appearance and an extreme shape, Karolina Widecka proposes a capsule drenched in superstition and symbolism. Inspired by ex votos and Mexican religious art, the glasses function as a token of protection for its wearer with its ‘broken glass’ upper bar.     KOMONO x Florentina Leitner:   Florentina Leitner took to the 60s and its psychedelic art to create a pair of glasses that have been stretched and liquified to a vertigo or spiralling effect. Paying tribute to the art icons of those days such as Peggy Guggenheim, the capsule is a modern reinterpretation of the avant-garde eyewear of yesteryear.     The collection will be made available, starting from July 2nd, through komono.com, KOMONO flagship stores and selected retailers for a suggested retail price of 199 euros. On the initiative of the students, part of the proceedings of this sale will go to Survived and Punished, a US-based organization who supports survivors of domestic and sexual violence who have been incarcerated or targeted by law enforcement. They also created an exclusive colorway of the sunglasses for each student, limited to 1 piece only. These pieces will sold during a 24h auction on their @komono Instagram page on the 1st of July. These styles are limited to one piece per student and will not be sold through any other channels. The proceedings of the highest bid will be donated to Survived and Punished. After a successful first edition, KOMONO is proud to renew its partnership with the fashion department of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts Antwerp. KOMONO worked together with three master students in the creation of a pair of sunglasses linked to the students’ personal work. The result is an outspoken collection that bolsters the fresh vision of tomorrow’s top designers.     KOMONO x Annemarie Saric:   Inspired by the concept cars of the late 70s and their aerodynamic qualities, Annemarie Saric’s futuristic-looking proposition features a shaped lens and intricate temple detailing. Formed by a cut-out and collage technique of vintage car parts, the glasses are characterized by their highly sculptural effect.     KOMONO x Karolina Widecka:   Investigating the duality between a fragile appearance and an extreme shape, Karolina Widecka proposes a capsule drenched in superstition and symbolism. Inspired by ex votos and Mexican religious art, the glasses function as a token of protection for its wearer with its ‘broken glass’ upper bar.     KOMONO x Florentina Leitner:   Florentina Leitner took to the 60s and its psychedelic art to create a pair of glasses that have been stretched and liquified to a vertigo or spiralling effect. Paying tribute to the art icons of those days such as Peggy Guggenheim, the capsule is a modern reinterpretation of the avant-garde eyewear of yesteryear.     The collection will be made available, starting from July 2nd, through komono.com, KOMONO flagship stores and selected retailers for a suggested retail price of 199 euros. On the initiative of the students, part of the proceedings of this sale will go to Survived and Punished, a US-based organization who supports survivors of domestic and sexual violence who have been incarcerated or targeted by law enforcement. They also created an exclusive colorway of the sunglasses for each student, limited to 1 piece only. These pieces will sold during a 24h auction on their @komono Instagram page on the 1st of July. These styles are limited to one piece per student and will not be sold through any other channels. The proceedings of the highest bid will be donated to Survived and Punished.

SmithDavidson Gallery in Amsterdam exhibits with Zhuang Hong Yi
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SmithDavidson Gallery in Amsterdam exhibits with Zhuang Hong Yi

Art After Miami and Mexico City, SmithDavidson Gallery in Amsterdam presents a new solo exhibition of Zhuang Hong Yi from July 3rd until September 5th, 2020. The gallery celebrates 10 years of collaboration with the Chinese artist. The exhibition 'In Bloom' shows a colorful selection of floral landscapes and collage paintings with prominent use of origami rice paper.     Zhuang Hong Yi is currently one of the most celebrated international Chinese artists. He experiments with medium, technique, scale and above all with color. His work is sometimes bold and expressive, at other times delicate and impressionistic. The artist mostly works three dimensional and always layered with color and meaning. The optical illusions in his illuminating use of paint make the canvas shimmer like a rising sun, while the changing colors in the 'Flowerbed' series are reminiscent of the changing of the seasons.     All elements of nature appear in the intriguing and sculptural works of Zhuang Hong Yi combined with Eastern and Western influences. The flower motif, a significant image in Chinese culture, dominates his paintings. Utilizing hand-cut and folded pieces of painted rice paper, the works  represent traditional Chinese aesthetics.     Zhuang Hong Yi (Sichuan, 1962) started his artistic education at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in Chongqing and finished at Minerva Art Academy in Groningen. Since 1992 he has lived and worked between the Netherlands and Beijing. The artist has exhibited in museums and galleries all over the world. In the Netherlands at Kunsthal Rotterdam (1999), Groninger Museum (2001 and 2007) and Museum de Zwarte Tulp in Lisse (2019). In 2013 his work was selected for the Venice Biennale.      Smith Davidson Gallery, founded in 1969 and with three locations in Amsterdam, Miami and Mexico City, has represented Zhuang Hong Yi for the past ten years. David Smith and Gabriëlle Davidson presented the artist at leading art fairs such as Art Miami, Expo Chicago, PAN Amsterdam, TEFAF Maastricht and Zona Maco in Mexico City. In 2021 a solo exhibition in Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art in Saint Petersburg is planned. The autonomous work of Hong Yi is held in numerous esteemed public and private collections worldwide.     www.smith-davidson.com After Miami and Mexico City, SmithDavidson Gallery in Amsterdam presents a new solo exhibition of Zhuang Hong Yi from July 3rd until September 5th, 2020. The gallery celebrates 10 years of collaboration with the Chinese artist. The exhibition 'In Bloom' shows a colorful selection of floral landscapes and collage paintings with prominent use of origami rice paper.     Zhuang Hong Yi is currently one of the most celebrated international Chinese artists. He experiments with medium, technique, scale and above all with color. His work is sometimes bold and expressive, at other times delicate and impressionistic. The artist mostly works three dimensional and always layered with color and meaning. The optical illusions in his illuminating use of paint make the canvas shimmer like a rising sun, while the changing colors in the 'Flowerbed' series are reminiscent of the changing of the seasons.     All elements of nature appear in the intriguing and sculptural works of Zhuang Hong Yi combined with Eastern and Western influences. The flower motif, a significant image in Chinese culture, dominates his paintings. Utilizing hand-cut and folded pieces of painted rice paper, the works  represent traditional Chinese aesthetics.     Zhuang Hong Yi (Sichuan, 1962) started his artistic education at the Sichuan Fine Arts Institute in Chongqing and finished at Minerva Art Academy in Groningen. Since 1992 he has lived and worked between the Netherlands and Beijing. The artist has exhibited in museums and galleries all over the world. In the Netherlands at Kunsthal Rotterdam (1999), Groninger Museum (2001 and 2007) and Museum de Zwarte Tulp in Lisse (2019). In 2013 his work was selected for the Venice Biennale.      Smith Davidson Gallery, founded in 1969 and with three locations in Amsterdam, Miami and Mexico City, has represented Zhuang Hong Yi for the past ten years. David Smith and Gabriëlle Davidson presented the artist at leading art fairs such as Art Miami, Expo Chicago, PAN Amsterdam, TEFAF Maastricht and Zona Maco in Mexico City. In 2021 a solo exhibition in Erarta Museum of Contemporary Art in Saint Petersburg is planned. The autonomous work of Hong Yi is held in numerous esteemed public and private collections worldwide.     www.smith-davidson.com

GUCCI launches Off The Grid
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GUCCI launches Off The Grid

Fashion Gucci announces the launch of Gucci Off The Grid, the first collection from Gucci Circular Lines, designed by Creative Director Alessandro Michele, an initiative created to support the House’s vision for circular production.    Designed for those mindful of their environmental impact, Gucci Off The Grid uses recycled, organic, bio-based and sustainably sourced materials, including ECONYL®, a regenerated nylon made from nylon offcuts and pre- and post-consumer waste.   Human beings crave a connection with the outside world and are rightly fascinated by the power and majesty of nature, and highly value the joy there is in being able to live in a natural environment. The desire to explore this way of life, and the natural world in general, is something we can consider an instinctive human desire; and journeys are valuable in being able to fulfil this need. A journey is a way of engaging and nourishing the imagination, and it is for this reason that Gucci embraces the idea of the journey as a means of self-discovery and self-expression.     Along with the launch of the collection, which comprises genderless luggage, accessories, footwear and ready-to-wear, Gucci is releasing a global campaign conceived by Alessandro Michele and shot by photographer and director Harmony Korine. Featuring a cast of city dwellers who have taken up residence in a rustic treehouse, constructed in the heart of a towering concrete and glass modern metropolis. The striking contrast between the small-scale, crudely assembled wooden structure, with its greenery and unfinished planks, and the slick, soaring skyscrapers that dwarf it, makes for whimsical images where our metropolitan explorers look like they are making a modest stand for the future of humankind. Of course, the treehouse and the simple way of life it represents becomes a powerful metaphor for the desire to escape conventional life and enjoy the experience of living more Off The Grid.     Alessandro Michele says: “The collection is the result of teamwork; everybody brought something to it. And in the campaign, too, there is this idea of dialogue among people building something new. I imagined that we could build a treehouse in a city centre, all together, like kids playing in the park. Because all of us need to build this house or to find out that our planet exists, even where it seems it’s not there, or it’s far away.”     The eclectic group of treehouse people starring in the campaign, which was shot in Los Angeles prior to recent events, includes: Jane Fonda, Academy Award-winning actress, producer, author and activist; guitarist, singer-songwriter, record producer and actor Miyavi; David de Rothschild, environmentalist and explorer; GRAMMY Award-winning rapper, singer and songwriter Lil Nas X; and King Princess, singer, songwriter, instrumentalist and music producer.     The campaign will break on the Gucci ArtWalls worldwide from June 15th in the following locations: Milan’s Largo la Foppa, in the district of Corso Garibaldi; just off East London’s famous Brick Lane; Shanghai’s Fengsheng Li, Jingan district; and Lafayette Street, in Manhattan’s SoHo neighbourhood; Hong Kong’s D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong; and Yongkang Street, Da’an District, Taipei.     A special section on the Gucci App will allow users to challenge themselves to a themed quiz, responding to questions about the collection and its circular production process. Taking inspiration from the campaign’s concept, players can build their own city tree house virtually by correctly answering questions, and eventually unlock dedicated wallpaper to share on social media.     Sustainability – at all levels – involves fostering respect: respect for the people we share our planet with as well as for the environment. If we lighten our environmental footprint we can explore the world with greater freedom – the freedom to follow our dreams, with curiosity, openness and joy.   #GucciOffTheGrid     The collection’s main material is 100% regenerated nylon created from recycled ECONYL® yarn. This yarn comes from nylon from pre- and post-consumer waste, including abandoned fishing nets and carpets — transforming plastics that harm marine life and old materials that will likely end up in landfills into a new high-quality thread. Gucci was the first luxury brand to use ECONYL® regenerated nylon thread for its products, beginning in 2016. Other components of Gucci Off The Grid are made from recycled materials and more sustainable alternatives such as metal-free tanned leather, recycled polyester thread and linings, recycled brass, recycled gold and palladium hardware coating, and solvent-free adhesives. To support a continued cycle, the ECONYL® offcuts are recovered from Gucci Off the Grid’s manufacturing and then recycled to create new ECONYL® materials as part of the “GUCCI-ECONYL® PRE CONSUMER FABRIC TAKE BACK PROGRAM”. Leather scraps from the collection are also recovered and upcycled as part of the Gucci-Up programme.   Regarding greenhouse gas emissions, Gucci’s core approach to sustainability here is first to avoid and reduce the impacts in its own operations and across the entire supply chain, and then, as a last measure, to protect and conserve nature though offsetting. To this end, the House has incorporated more sustainable alternatives related to the sourcing of raw materials, the manufacturing and production processes, and distribution and sales, in order to lower greenhouse gas emissions, and has offset the remaining emissions through Gucci’s annual carbon neutral commitment, which supports REDD+ projects that protect forests and biodiversity in vital places around the world to help the conservation of our planet.   The Gucci Off The Grid collection comes with dedicated FSC-certified packaging, which includes a card displaying a Gucci logo that features information about the products and the story behind the Gucci Off The Grid sustainability project.     Creative Director: Alessandro Michele Art Director: Christopher Simmonds Photographer/Director: Harmony Korine Talents: Jane Fonda, Lil Nas X, King Princess, Miyavi, David de Rothschild  Make Up: Thomas de Kluyver Hair Stylist: Alex Brownsell Gucci announces the launch of Gucci Off The Grid, the first collection from Gucci Circular Lines, designed by Creative Director Alessandro Michele, an initiative created to support the House’s vision for circular production.    Designed for those mindful of their environmental impact, Gucci Off The Grid uses recycled, organic, bio-based and sustainably sourced materials, including ECONYL®, a regenerated nylon made from nylon offcuts and pre- and post-consumer waste.   Human beings crave a connection with the outside world and are rightly fascinated by the power and majesty of nature, and highly value the joy there is in being able to live in a natural environment. The desire to explore this way of life, and the natural world in general, is something we can consider an instinctive human desire; and journeys are valuable in being able to fulfil this need. A journey is a way of engaging and nourishing the imagination, and it is for this reason that Gucci embraces the idea of the journey as a means of self-discovery and self-expression.     Along with the launch of the collection, which comprises genderless luggage, accessories, footwear and ready-to-wear, Gucci is releasing a global campaign conceived by Alessandro Michele and shot by photographer and director Harmony Korine. Featuring a cast of city dwellers who have taken up residence in a rustic treehouse, constructed in the heart of a towering concrete and glass modern metropolis. The striking contrast between the small-scale, crudely assembled wooden structure, with its greenery and unfinished planks, and the slick, soaring skyscrapers that dwarf it, makes for whimsical images where our metropolitan explorers look like they are making a modest stand for the future of humankind. Of course, the treehouse and the simple way of life it represents becomes a powerful metaphor for the desire to escape conventional life and enjoy the experience of living more Off The Grid.     Alessandro Michele says: “The collection is the result of teamwork; everybody brought something to it. And in the campaign, too, there is this idea of dialogue among people building something new. I imagined that we could build a treehouse in a city centre, all together, like kids playing in the park. Because all of us need to build this house or to find out that our planet exists, even where it seems it’s not there, or it’s far away.”     The eclectic group of treehouse people starring in the campaign, which was shot in Los Angeles prior to recent events, includes: Jane Fonda, Academy Award-winning actress, producer, author and activist; guitarist, singer-songwriter, record producer and actor Miyavi; David de Rothschild, environmentalist and explorer; GRAMMY Award-winning rapper, singer and songwriter Lil Nas X; and King Princess, singer, songwriter, instrumentalist and music producer.     The campaign will break on the Gucci ArtWalls worldwide from June 15th in the following locations: Milan’s Largo la Foppa, in the district of Corso Garibaldi; just off East London’s famous Brick Lane; Shanghai’s Fengsheng Li, Jingan district; and Lafayette Street, in Manhattan’s SoHo neighbourhood; Hong Kong’s D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong; and Yongkang Street, Da’an District, Taipei.     A special section on the Gucci App will allow users to challenge themselves to a themed quiz, responding to questions about the collection and its circular production process. Taking inspiration from the campaign’s concept, players can build their own city tree house virtually by correctly answering questions, and eventually unlock dedicated wallpaper to share on social media.     Sustainability – at all levels – involves fostering respect: respect for the people we share our planet with as well as for the environment. If we lighten our environmental footprint we can explore the world with greater freedom – the freedom to follow our dreams, with curiosity, openness and joy.   #GucciOffTheGrid     The collection’s main material is 100% regenerated nylon created from recycled ECONYL® yarn. This yarn comes from nylon from pre- and post-consumer waste, including abandoned fishing nets and carpets — transforming plastics that harm marine life and old materials that will likely end up in landfills into a new high-quality thread. Gucci was the first luxury brand to use ECONYL® regenerated nylon thread for its products, beginning in 2016. Other components of Gucci Off The Grid are made from recycled materials and more sustainable alternatives such as metal-free tanned leather, recycled polyester thread and linings, recycled brass, recycled gold and palladium hardware coating, and solvent-free adhesives. To support a continued cycle, the ECONYL® offcuts are recovered from Gucci Off the Grid’s manufacturing and then recycled to create new ECONYL® materials as part of the “GUCCI-ECONYL® PRE CONSUMER FABRIC TAKE BACK PROGRAM”. Leather scraps from the collection are also recovered and upcycled as part of the Gucci-Up programme.   Regarding greenhouse gas emissions, Gucci’s core approach to sustainability here is first to avoid and reduce the impacts in its own operations and across the entire supply chain, and then, as a last measure, to protect and conserve nature though offsetting. To this end, the House has incorporated more sustainable alternatives related to the sourcing of raw materials, the manufacturing and production processes, and distribution and sales, in order to lower greenhouse gas emissions, and has offset the remaining emissions through Gucci’s annual carbon neutral commitment, which supports REDD+ projects that protect forests and biodiversity in vital places around the world to help the conservation of our planet.   The Gucci Off The Grid collection comes with dedicated FSC-certified packaging, which includes a card displaying a Gucci logo that features information about the products and the story behind the Gucci Off The Grid sustainability project.     Creative Director: Alessandro Michele Art Director: Christopher Simmonds Photographer/Director: Harmony Korine Talents: Jane Fonda, Lil Nas X, King Princess, Miyavi, David de Rothschild  Make Up: Thomas de Kluyver Hair Stylist: Alex Brownsell

Christian Louboutin L’Exhibition in Paris extended until 3rd January
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Christian Louboutin L’Exhibition in Paris extended until 3rd January

Exhibition The Palais de la Porte Dorée is delighted to announce the reopening to the public of Christian Louboutin L’Exhibition from June, 16th and extended to January, 3rd 2021.     Designed as an invitation to discover Christian Louboutin’s rich universe, the unprecedented exhibition explores every facet of his multi-referential work, in an institution that has played an important role in inspiring his vocation. From the beginning, Christian Louboutin infused his designs with a great wealth of motifs andcolours inspired by his love of art and dierentcultures. Flamboyant, daring, open to the world, generous and at times caustic, the designer’s creativity is informed by a passion for travel and references from the worlds of pop culture, theatre, dance, literature and cinema. In revealing Christian Louboutin’s inspirations and creative processes, the exhibition showcases the designer’s vision through a selection of the most precious works from his personal collection and loans from public collections. A large selection of shoes are on display, some of which have never been exhibited before.     These historic and artistic pieces are shown alongside a number of exclusive collaborations which pay tribute to Christian Louboutin’s admiration for craftsman’s know how. Some examples include stained glass panels created by the Maison du Vitrail, a Sevillian silver palanquin and a cabaret sculpted in Bhutan. The exhibition also unveils collaborations, never seen before, with artists who are important to him: the director and photographer David Lynch, the New Zealand multimedia artist Lisa Reihana, the British designer duo Whitaker Malem, the Spanish choreo- grapher Blanca Li, and the Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi, amongst others.     Born in the 12th district of Paris, close to the Palais de la Porte Dorée, Christian Louboutin was fascinated from an early age by the architectural beauty and ornamental richness of the institution, which was one of the earliest in uencesfeeding his love of art and applied arts. He borrowed a whole repertoire of forms and motifsfrom the Palais for his first designs, including the Maquereau shoe  made of metallic leather anddirectly inspired by the iridescence of the shin the Palais de la Porte Dorée’s tropical aquarium. It was also at the Palais, a masterpiece of Art deco, that Christian Louboutin, then a young adolescent, noticed a sign forbidding visitors to wear high heeled shoes. This sign subsequently inspired the iconic Pigalle shoe which has been reinvented over the course of the seasons.     Photos : © Marc Domage     To make your visit safe, we are implementing the following measures: Mandatory online reservation with time slots on the Palais de la Porte Dorée website. Mandatory use of the mask throughout your visit. The access is limited to few people at a time in the exhibition spaces. Markings on the ground allowing the respect of safety distances. Provision of hydroalcoholic gel at your arrival at the Palais de la Porte Dorée and the entrance of all exhibition spaces. Maintaining a distance of 1 meter from other visitors. Respect social distancing and sanitary gestures.     PALAIS DE LA PORTE DORÉE- MUSÉE NATIONAL DE L’HISTOIRE DE L’IMMIGRATION- AQUARIUM TROPICAL 293, avenue Daumesnil – 75012 Paris Métro - Tramway - Bus et 201 - Porte Dorée www.palais-portedoree.fr The Palais de la Porte Dorée is delighted to announce the reopening to the public of Christian Louboutin L’Exhibition from June, 16th and extended to January, 3rd 2021.     Designed as an invitation to discover Christian Louboutin’s rich universe, the unprecedented exhibition explores every facet of his multi-referential work, in an institution that has played an important role in inspiring his vocation. From the beginning, Christian Louboutin infused his designs with a great wealth of motifs andcolours inspired by his love of art and dierentcultures. Flamboyant, daring, open to the world, generous and at times caustic, the designer’s creativity is informed by a passion for travel and references from the worlds of pop culture, theatre, dance, literature and cinema. In revealing Christian Louboutin’s inspirations and creative processes, the exhibition showcases the designer’s vision through a selection of the most precious works from his personal collection and loans from public collections. A large selection of shoes are on display, some of which have never been exhibited before.     These historic and artistic pieces are shown alongside a number of exclusive collaborations which pay tribute to Christian Louboutin’s admiration for craftsman’s know how. Some examples include stained glass panels created by the Maison du Vitrail, a Sevillian silver palanquin and a cabaret sculpted in Bhutan. The exhibition also unveils collaborations, never seen before, with artists who are important to him: the director and photographer David Lynch, the New Zealand multimedia artist Lisa Reihana, the British designer duo Whitaker Malem, the Spanish choreo- grapher Blanca Li, and the Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi, amongst others.     Born in the 12th district of Paris, close to the Palais de la Porte Dorée, Christian Louboutin was fascinated from an early age by the architectural beauty and ornamental richness of the institution, which was one of the earliest in uencesfeeding his love of art and applied arts. He borrowed a whole repertoire of forms and motifsfrom the Palais for his first designs, including the Maquereau shoe  made of metallic leather anddirectly inspired by the iridescence of the shin the Palais de la Porte Dorée’s tropical aquarium. It was also at the Palais, a masterpiece of Art deco, that Christian Louboutin, then a young adolescent, noticed a sign forbidding visitors to wear high heeled shoes. This sign subsequently inspired the iconic Pigalle shoe which has been reinvented over the course of the seasons.     Photos : © Marc Domage     To make your visit safe, we are implementing the following measures: Mandatory online reservation with time slots on the Palais de la Porte Dorée website. Mandatory use of the mask throughout your visit. The access is limited to few people at a time in the exhibition spaces. Markings on the ground allowing the respect of safety distances. Provision of hydroalcoholic gel at your arrival at the Palais de la Porte Dorée and the entrance of all exhibition spaces. Maintaining a distance of 1 meter from other visitors. Respect social distancing and sanitary gestures.     PALAIS DE LA PORTE DORÉE- MUSÉE NATIONAL DE L’HISTOIRE DE L’IMMIGRATION- AQUARIUM TROPICAL 293, avenue Daumesnil – 75012 Paris Métro - Tramway - Bus et 201 - Porte Dorée www.palais-portedoree.fr

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Trixie Mattel exclusively by Marcus Cooper

Fashion We are excited to share our latest collaboration with @trixiemattel for Pride.    TEAM CREDITS: Photography by Marcus Cooper Fashion Editor: Lisa Jarvis Editor-in-Chief: Timotej Letonja Props: Enoch Choi       “Do you believe in fashion? The smoke and mirrors of cosmeceuticals? Do you believe in 30-year-old Caucasian men alone in his house surrounded by 11 1/2 inch fashion dolls? You came to the right place. Tyra Banks was discovered at the airport. I was discovered on the tarmac; face down, breasts exposed, but still serving. I went on to model in my home for no one for another ten years before getting my first gig at a Buffalo Wild Wings. To stay thin, I got my ribs removed- I guess next time I should chew the food. I love dolls, I love comedy, and fashion is only a stepping stone to my true passion- secret shopping. Next time you’re shoving a Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue into your purse at the Neiman Marcus look over your shoulder- gotcha.” ~ Trixie Mattel   #Pride #NuméroNetherlands#TrixieMattel We are excited to share our latest collaboration with @trixiemattel for Pride.    TEAM CREDITS: Photography by Marcus Cooper Fashion Editor: Lisa Jarvis Editor-in-Chief: Timotej Letonja Props: Enoch Choi       “Do you believe in fashion? The smoke and mirrors of cosmeceuticals? Do you believe in 30-year-old Caucasian men alone in his house surrounded by 11 1/2 inch fashion dolls? You came to the right place. Tyra Banks was discovered at the airport. I was discovered on the tarmac; face down, breasts exposed, but still serving. I went on to model in my home for no one for another ten years before getting my first gig at a Buffalo Wild Wings. To stay thin, I got my ribs removed- I guess next time I should chew the food. I love dolls, I love comedy, and fashion is only a stepping stone to my true passion- secret shopping. Next time you’re shoving a Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue into your purse at the Neiman Marcus look over your shoulder- gotcha.” ~ Trixie Mattel   #Pride #NuméroNetherlands#TrixieMattel

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