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Christian Dior & Chinese Artists Exhibition at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art

huan_jardin_giant_3Christian Dior, in partnership with Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, brought glamour’s and celebrities from across the world to the red carpet gala dinner to mark the opening of the “Christian Dior and Chinese Artists” exhibition. Christian Dior SA has tapped China’s top contemporary artists such as Zhang Xiaogang for its Beijing exhibition, the latest European luxury-goods maker to blend fashion and culture to promote their brand in the nation. The exhibition will be held at the Ullens Center for Contemporary Arts until January 15th, 2009.

20 Chinese commissioned artists were presented at this important event, which symbolized the opening of a dialogue between two different means of expression, contemporary art and fashion. They were Wang Du, Zhang Huan, Huang Rui, Li Songsong, Zhang Dali, Xu Zhongmin, Liu Jianhua, Lu Hao, Wang Qingsong, Yan Lei, Zhang Xiaogang, Wen Fang, Shi Jingsong, Wang Gongxin, Shi Xiaofan, Liu Wei, Rong Rong & Inri, Tim Yip, Qiu Zhijie and Ma Yangsong.

Over one hundred Dior Couture pieces were sent directly from Paris to exhibit at the UCCA, among which includes the “New Look” which is one of the most influential Couture piece in the history of fashion, designed by Mr. Christian Dior (1095 – 1957) in 1947. After years of variations, the exhibition combines contemporary Chinese art pieces inspired by Dior’s most prominent codes, such as Tailleur bar, Façade avenue Montaigne, Dior perfume, Lady Dior, and portrait of Mr. Christian Dior etc., with Couture pieces designed by Dior Couture ingenious Artistic Director, Mr. John Galliano.

380 honorable guests and top notch society luminaries attended the gala evening which marked the opening of the exhibition starting November 15th, 2008 in Beijing. Lead by Mr. Bernard Arnault, (Chairman and CEO of LVMH and Christian Dior), Guy and Myram Ullens, Mr. Sidney Toledano, (President and CEO Christian Dior Couture), Mr. Claude Martinez, (President and CEO Christian Dior Parfumes) and Mr. John Galliano (Artistic Director of Dior Couture), the exhibition opening was celebrated and witnessed with some of the most important guests and celebrities from across 18 countries.

Zhang Huan used incense ash from temples in China to invoke memories of Dior and convey the designer’s early hope of expanding his fashion house into an empire. The most astounding of Zhang’s works is “Giant No. 3,” a 10-meter long sculpture of a behemoth slouching on the floor, cobbled together with wood, cowhide and steel rivets. “Some say it’s a pregnant woman, some say it’s a slouching Buddha, a very tired person or a giant saint,” he said.

Another homage to the theme of Dior’s revival is Xu Zhongmin’s “Dior Revolution.” The installation has 60 male, female and skeletal figures on a fast-turning conveyor belt. The figures morph from skeletons into fully clothed humans before transforming back into their original form, an allusion to the samsara cycle of life, death and rebirth in Tibetan Buddhism that Xu practices. Next to the artist’s work are mannequins that trace the cycle of creation and rebirth of the Dior look: from the 1947 “flower woman” design to John Galliano’s Winter 2008 revival of the 1930’s bias-cut dress.

The world of Christian Dior Couture and Chinese Contemporary Art stepped hands in hands at this night of celebration, fashion and Chinese Contemporary Art to mark the beginning of The “Christian Dior and Chinese Artists” exhibition.

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November 24, 2008 - Posted by | Art Exhibitions, Artists, Fashion, News, photography, raw art gallery |

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