Louis Vuitton has always been synonymous with the “art of travel” and now the Parisian house is offering those of us in the States a bon voyage in the form of an exhibition.
Free and open to the public now through Jan. 7, the Maison presents Volez, Voguez, Voyagez — Louis Vuitton at the former American Stock Exchange building in New York City. The show first made its debut in Paris at the Grand Palais in December 2015 and has since enjoyed successful stints in Tokyo and Seoul.
Curated by Olivier Saillard, the exhibit transports viewers from Louis Vuitton’s genesis in 1854 to the present. Guests can expect reams of suitcases, trinkets, skateboards (yes, skateboards) and Oscars gowns gleaned from the House.
“Louis Vuitton has always been at the forefront of creation and innovation today and over a century ago. Constantly taking inspiration from our past, we craft the trends of today. Olivier Saillard has immersed himself in the Louis Vuitton archives to decode its secrets,” Louis Vuitton CEO Michael Burke says.
Spanning three floors, the immersive installation is brimming with curious finds — both old and new. “The exhibition is a fresh vision of Vuitton’s past, present and future,” Saillard says. Honing in on the maison’s founder — who was merely 14 years old when he traveled to Paris to apprentice as a trunk maker — Saillard found himself enthralled with the tale of this driven boy turned iconic brand. An Impressionistic painting of the founder at the entrance of the show drives home this point.
Divided into ten chapters, the exhibit opens with the most symbolic object of the house: An antique trunk. Collaborations with artists Stephen Sprouse, Takashi Murakami and Jeff Koons pepper the space alongside personal letters and books.
Saillard adds, “The most ‘Miami’ piece of the exhibit is a huge trunk especially made for an art dealer to carry his paintings. For me, Miami is the place for contemporary art.”