MUSEUM TREATMENT: The National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne is to showcase the creations of Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren. A new exhibition titled “Viktor & Rolf: Fashion Artists” is set to open to the public on Oct. 21, exploring the notion of wearable art.
It will include more than 35 couture pieces, as well as earlier designs from the Dutch duo’s archive along with pieces from international museums and institutions. Also on display will be a selection of antique dolls dressed in their designs.
The exhibition has been developed in collaboration with Thierry-Maxime Loriot, the curator behind the blockbuster traveling retrospective “The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk” and “A Different History of Fashion,” a retrospective dedicated to Peter Lindbergh to launch at the Kunsthal Rotterdam in September.
“It’s not a retrospective but a contemporary installation featuring Viktor & Rolf’s creations,”Loriot told WWD, noting that the designers created pieces specifically for the exhibit.
It will mark the first major exhibition on the duo in Australia, renowned for their unconventional catwalk presentations. It comes after an exhibition of their work on dolls at the Barbican Art Gallery in London in 2008. For the “Russian Doll” show in 1999, the designers dressed model Maggie Rizer in 10 layers of clothes, merging fashion with performance art. Many of their shows featured live performances by actors and singers, including Tilda Swinton, Rufus Wainwright and Tori Amos.
“Their boundary-pushing designs challenge the way fashion is developed, presented and disseminated with masterful craftsmanship, intellectual rigor and an ironic sense of humor,” said the National Gallery of Victoria’s director Tony Ellwood.
The exhibit is to run until February, with plans to export it outside Australia.