THE RETURN OF Christian Louboutin, L’Exhibition[niste]
The large-scale exhibition, Christian Louboutin, L’Exhibition[niste], returns this summer in a new form and will be presented by the Grimaldi Forum Monaco from July 9 to August 28, 2022. This second chapter will be devoted to the work and imagination of Christian Louboutin, the shoe designer and key figure in the world of fashion, who has drawn much inspiration from the Principality.
Christian Louboutin, L’Exhibition[niste], Chapter II has been redesigned by its curator, Olivier Gabet, Director of the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, and will offer the public a new perspective on his work. Across a spectacular 2,000 m2 set, it will unveil previously unseen pieces related to the designer’s Monegasque inspirations, as well as new collaborations.
Christian Louboutin forged a special relationship with Monaco in the 1990s. To this day, he continues to be inspired by the Principality’s extraordinary vibrancy, its unique history with artists and the entertainment world, the richness of the Musée Océanographique de Monaco and the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco’s collections. Several exceptional loans from these two museums will highlight Christian Louboutin’s passion for the performing arts.
While the spotlight will be on the shoes, through a selection of exceptional pieces that include some unique models, the designer also wanted to pay tribute to those who inspire and enchant him. The exhibition will present exclusive collaborations by Christian Louboutin with artists and fashion designers, as a custom-built 3D installation designed by British visual artist Allen Jones, a video by New Zealand artist Lisa Reihana, or an exceptional piece by designer Victoire de Castellane, the Artistic Director of Dior Jewelry.
Far from a traditional retrospective, the exhibition has been designed as a joyful odyssey across three decades of overflowing creativity. Indeed, it is imbued with a curiosity for all arts and cultures.