Martin Margiela at Lafayette Anticipations

Lafayette Anticipations


VANITAS, 2019 Silicone et cheveux naturels teints / Silicone and natural dyed hair Courtesy de l’artiste et Zeno X Gallery, Anvers / Courtesy the artist and Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp Produit par Lafayette Anticipations / Produced by Lafayette Anticipations Photo : Pierre Antoine
From October 20, 2021 until January 2, 2022
For his first solo show, Lafayette Anticipations invites Martin Margiela to take possession of and transform every one of its spaces.
The show presents, for the first time in public, over twenty works: installations, sculptures, collages, paintings and films. It also puts forward a hypothesis: that Martin Margiela has always been an artist. Internationally renowned in the fashion world since the late 1980s, throughout his career as a designer, he deliberately upended the conventions of fashion one by one, through runway shows, materials and forms that became conceptual and aesthetic revolutions.
With bold conviction, he has pushed art beyond the boundaries usually devolved to it, constantly inventing new zones for experience by endlessly extending the limits of the work.
The exhibition at Lafayette Anticipations, which is designed as a total artwork, carries on Martin Margiela’s obsession with transformation. It is an exploration of existence. Turning habits upside-down, visitors enter through the emergency exit, then immerse themselves in a labyrinthine show where works appear and disappear at various vantage points along the way. 
In a typically iconoclastic way, Martin Margiela has worked with multiple media. His references five qual value to a Caravaggio painting as a box of hair dye. portrait of an artist who has never stopped questioning how we see things and how we pay attention.
The works on show, most of which were made in the Foundation’s studio, return to the artist’s obsessions. The body is very much in evidence: anatomies inspired by the academic tradition; hair and skin in almost abstract form, signs of the passing of time. Disappearance is an omnipresent theme. Martin Margiela has never been afraid of absence or disappearance. He believes the life of an object or a being never ends, but is in constant mutation, renewing any number of times. The very idea of an end is pure fantasy; incompletion is a fundamental state.
Going against the tide of dominant values, Martin Margiela celebrates the beauty to be found in the vulnerable, the fragile and the fleeting. By refocusing our perspectives, he transforms the banal and the trivial into opportunities for discovery, wonderment and surprise.
MOULD(S), 2020 Plâtre, bois et peinture acrylique / Plaster, wood, and acrylic paint Courtesy de l’artiste et Zeno X Gallery, Anvers / Courtesy the artist and Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp Produit par Lafayette Anticipations / Produced by Lafayette Anticipations Photo : Pierre Antoine
FILM DUST, 2017-2021 Huile sur toile de peintre et microbilles de verre / Oil on microbead-coated canvas Courtesy de l’artiste et Zeno X Gallery, Anvers / Courtesy the artist and Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp Produit par Lafayette Anticipations / Produced by Lafayette Anticipations Photo : Pierre Antoine
BODY PART colour, 2019 Pastel à l’huile sur écran de projection de récupération / Oil pastel on repurposed projector screen Courtesy de l’artiste et Zeno X Gallery, Anvers / Courtesy the artist and Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp Produit par Lafayette Anticipations / Produced by Lafayette Anticipations Photo : Pierre Antoine
Série TORSO, 2018-2021 Torso I, Torso III, noyau en bois et plâtre / Wood core and plaster Torso II, Noyau en bois, mousse polyuréthane et silicone / Wood core, polyurethane foam, and siliconeCourtes Courtesy de l’artiste et Zeno X Gallery, Anvers / Courtesy the artist and Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp Produit par Lafayette Anticipations / Produced by Lafayette Anticipations Photo : Pierre Antoine
DUST COVER, 2021 Skaï et bois / Skai and wood Courtesy de l’artiste et Zeno X Gallery, Anvers / Courtesy the artist and Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp Produit par Lafayette Anticipations / Produced by Lafayette Anticipations Photo : Pierre Antoine
INTERIOR, 2021 Pastel à l’huile sur velours contrecollé, caisse en bois et mousse polyuréthane / Oil pastel on velvet-laminated canvas, wooden box and polyurethane foam Courtesy de l’artiste et Zeno X Gallery, Anvers / Courtesy the artist and Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp Produit par Lafayette Anticipations / Produced by Lafayette Anticipations Photo : Pierre Antoine
SCROLLING IMAGE, 2021 Métal, néon, verre et impression sur papier / Steel, neon, glass, and print on paper Courtesy de l’artiste et Zeno X Gallery, Anvers / Courtesy the artist and Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp Produit par Lafayette Anticipations / Produced by Lafayette Anticipations Photo : Pierre Antoine
KIT, 2020 Silicone, noyau en mousse polyuréthane et métal / Silicone, polyurethane foam core, and steel Courtesy de l’artiste et Zeno X Gallery, Anvers / Courtesy the artist and Zeno X Gallery, Antwerp Produit par Lafayette Anticipations / Produced by Lafayette Anticipations Photo : Pierre Antoine
MONUMENT, 2021 Impression sur bâche PVC, canapé vintage en cuir et bande sonore / PVC tarpaulin print, vintage sofa, and audio loop / Courtesy the artist Produit par LafayeCourtesy de l’artistette Anticipations / Produced by Lafayette Anticipations Photo : Pierre Antoine
Exposition "Martin Margiela à lafayette Anticipation", Paris 2021.
Exposition "Martin Margiela à lafayette Anticipation", Paris 2021.
Exposition "Martin Margiela à lafayette Anticipation", Paris 2021.