RIVER DANCE: Hermès found a terrific location for the Paris leg of its roving “Wanderland” exhibition dedicated to flânerie, or the act of wandering the city streets and drinking in the details of everyday life. The French house perched a rectangular tent on the riverbank roads known as Les Berges that are now closed to traffic and open for leisure and fitness — or just sitting in a café and watching the world go by.
Hosting a press preview on Thursday morning, Pierre-Alexis Dumas, artistic director of Hermès, described the exhibition as an invitation to discover flânerie, a distinctly Parisian philosophy and practice with roots in the 19th century.
Indeed, the fantastical displays are designed to disorient and command attention to fine — and often funny — details. Consider the French bulldog sporting an Hermès dinner plate in lieu of a collar in front of a thumping venue signed “Hot Dog Club” — or café tables inset with quirky objects that give clues about the person who sat there.
“Wanderland” debuted at the Saatchi Gallery in London last April and attracted some 112,000 visitors, according to Hermès. It is headed to Dubai next January and slated to make stops in China and Korea in 2016, and Japan in 2017.
Titled “Dans l’œil du flâneur” for the Paris leg, which runs through Oct. 5, the exhibition was created by Bruno Gaudichon, curator of La Piscine-Musée d’Art et d’Industrie in Roubaix, while the set designer was Hubert le Gall.