Looking to the future, we are treated to the exciting prospect of a series of cultural events that are about to take place. Interesting exhibitions that challenge contemporary conventions and expand our cultural horizons.
These impending occasions offer the opportunity to engage with new forms of creativity and knowledge.
Gabrielle Chanel. Fashion Manifesto – V&A, London
September 16, 2023 – February 25, 2024
After the Palais Galliera, in Paris, it is the turn of the Victoria & Albert Museum to host this retrospective dedicated to Gabrielle Chanel. This is the first British exhibition devoted entirely to the work of the French couturier, and to mark the occasion, the V&A will present some rare creations from its own collection. In total, more than 180 looks will be brought together, as well as jewelry, accessories, cosmetics and perfumes. They all illustrate the evolution of Mademoiselle Chanel’s iconic style and her journey up to her last collection in 1971.
Fashion and Sport – Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris
September 20 – April 7, 2024
As Paris prepares to host the 2024 Olympic Games, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs has decided to explore the close and increasingly frequent ties between the worlds of fashion and sport. Clothing, accessories, photographs, paintings, posters, and videos will be displayed in the museum to demonstrate the link between these two worlds, from antiquity to the present day. The exhibition will feature 19th century tennis dresses, the iconic Tour de France yellow jersey, as well as more recent collections such as sneakers and logo wear, and collaborations between sport and haute couture.
Diva – V&A Museum, London
Through April 7, 2024
From the opera goddesses of the Victorian era to the global megastars of today, Diva celebrates the power and creativity of iconic artists, exploring and redefining what it means to be a diva and how this has been subverted or embraced over time in opera, on stage, in popular music or in film musicals. Featuring fashion, photography, design, costume, music and live performances from the Victoria & Albert Museum’s own collection, as well as loans from around the world, the exhibition explores how female artists have intervened in society and driven change through their voices and art.
Picasso: Matter and Body – Guggenheim Bilbao
September 29 – January 14, 2024
After four months at the Picasso Museum in Malaga, the exhibition Matter & Body travels to the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao. The exhibition focuses on the plurality of Picasso’s treatment and interpretation of the body. It focuses on sculpture, the medium through which the artist explored and challenged notions of the three-dimensional representation of the human body. Picasso’s sculptural work may not be as well-known as his paintings and drawings, but it was no less important to the artist. As the exhibition will show, Picasso used a variety of materials, including wood, iron, plaster, and cement.