MONTE CARLO, Monaco – The show Christian Louboutin, L’Exhibition[niste], which spotlights the renowned French footwear designer and his creations, returns in a new version at the Grimaldi Forum Monaco, opening July 9 and continuing through August 28.
Curator Olivier Gabet, director of the Musee des Arts Decoratifs, has redesigned the exhibit. Now dubbed Christian Louboutin, L’Exhibition[niste], chapter II, it will give the public a new perspective following the first exhibition at the Palais de la Porte Doree in Paris in 2020.
The display being prepared for Monaco will encompass 2,000 square meters (about 21,500 square feet) and will feature previously unseen works tied to the designer’s Monegasque inspirations as well as new collaborations, including a unique project being developed with British artist Allen Jones.
At the heart of the exhibition, the Musee Imaginaire room will bring together items from Louboutin’s personal collection and historic and artistic works borrowed from public and private collections, including from Monegasque museums. It will explore various themes in the designer’s work such as his love of dance and the legacy of the Ballets Russes, his passion for African art and Asia, the pop influence of Andy Warhol, the photographic genius of Helmut Newton, and his fascination with oceanography.
While the shoes will take pride of place, the designer especially wanted to pay tribute to those who inspire him and make him dream.
The exhibition will present exclusive Louboutin collaborations, such as the stained glass created by the Maison du Vitrail, a silver Sevillian palanquin, and a cabaret sculpted in Bhutan.
Visitors will also discover the designer’s various projects with artists such as the photography of director David Lynch, the video work of Lisa Reihana, the leather sculptures of English designers Whitaker Malem, the choreography of Blanca Li, and the work of artist Imran Qureshi, as well as an immersive space dedicated to sculptor and painter Allen Jones created especially with him for this exhibition.
Christian Louboutin, L’Exhibition[niste], chapter II is made possible with the support of Monaco’s Government, CMB Monaco, Mytheresa and Sotheby’s.