Louis Vuitton unveiled today Stéphane Couturier’s first solo exhibition in Hong Kong: Mutation at Espace Louis Vuitton Hong Kong opening to the public tomorrow, Thursday 21 March. Curated by William Zhao, the exhibition will feature a survey of Couturier’s work with key photographs from the Melting Point, Landscaping and Urban Archeology series, alongside a new series of photographs and videos drawing out the architectural themes and details of the current construction of the Frank Gehry designed Louis Vuitton Foundation For Creation in Paris.
Stéphane Couturier’s photography embodies visually what Hong Kong embodies physically; momentum, growth, transformation and the modern logic of flux. Couturier has continuously viewed cities across the globe as living organisms. This is highlighted in the presentation of key works from the famous Melting Point series, where images embodying urban life and modernisation have been flattened and edited. These monumental images, some up to two metres wide, echo common city encounters where landscapes are filled simultaneously with construction and destruction. In Barcelone – Parallel no.1 (2008) Couturier ‘melted’ two photos of Avenue Parallel in Barcelona into one image. The disparate photos were taken 200m from each other and highlight the ever-changing face of the urban landscape; a concept that Couturier’s Hong Kong audience will readily associate with.
Couturier’s latest series of photographs and videos explore the boundaries of art, architecture and fashion on the Frank Gehry designed Louis Vuitton Foundation For Creation, through photographs and videos detailing the variation on the themes of architecture and likening its elements with the idea of jewellery. Located in the Bois de Boulogne, a large public park in Paris; it is scheduled to open in 2014, making this exhibition the first opportunity to view the architecture in progress through Couturier’s thought-provoking presentation.
Mutation, Stéphane Couturier, Espace Louis Vuitton, Louis Vuitton Mansion, 5 Canton Rd., Tsim Sha Tsui, Hong Kong, Hong Kong S.A.R., China. www.louisvuitton.com
Image courtesy artist and Louis Vuitton