exhibitions
Leave a Comment

Yves Saint Laurent takes over Paris

Coming to six parisian institutions from January 29th, YVES SAINT LAURENT AUX MUSÉES celebrates the 60th anniversary of the first Yves Saint Laurent runway show. On January 29, 1962, the 26-year-old designer presented his inaugural collection under his own name, starting a successful career that lasted forty years.

Conceived and made possible by the Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, YVES SAINT LAURENT AUX MUSÉES will foster a dialogue between a selection of garments, including some of the couturier’s most iconic designs, and the permanent collections of six prominent Parisian museums: the Centre Pompidou, the Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris, the Musée du Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay, the Musée national Picasso-Paris and the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris.

At the Centre Pompidou – France’s National Museum of Modern Art, we will see Yves Saint Laurent as an artist rooted in his time and deeply in tune with the most noteworthy artistic movements of the 20th century. Picasso, the unequivocal leading figure of the century, holds a special place in the couturier’s work, as it is also apparent in the vis à vis on view at the Musée national Picasso-Paris. Drawing uncanny correlations in between artistic disciplines and schools of thought, Yves Saint Laurent savvily alternated rhythms and colours, lights and textures, as seen in the associations featured at the Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris. At the Musée du Louvre, visitors will discover the couturier’s fascination with light and his passion for gold, the color of the sun, present in sumptuous decadence in the decorative arts of the Galerie d’Apollon. This aesthetic investigation cannot be fully understood without acknowledging the role played by Marcel Proust in the great couturier’s imagination. Saint Laurent’s Proustian passion, as well as the way in which he challenged gender codes by mixing women’s and men’s apparel, will be explored at the Musée d’Orsay.


Galerie d’Apollon, musée du Louvre, Paris
© 2020, Musée du Louvre / Antoine Mongodin.

Important archive materials from the fashion house, carefully preserved over the years by Pierre Bergé and Yves Saint Laurent, will be presented at the Musée Yves Saint Laurent Paris, as an extension of the masterpieces exhibited in the permanent galleries of the project’s partner museums in Paris.

Largely unknown, these archive materials will help understand how couture garments come to be. They will illustrate the daily work developed within the couture house, provide insight into Saint Laurent’s creative process and pay tribute to his numerous invaluable collaborators.

“The selection is not exhaustive: it could have included other names and other works. First and foremost, it highlights the inventiveness of Yves Saint Laurent’s pluralistic and multi-faceted gaze. Each pairing was conceived in close collaboration with the various directors and curators of the partner museums, since the way they look at the work of Yves Saint Laurent echoes the way they look at their own collections” says Mouna Mekouar.

Conceived as a sort of archipelago, the exhibition will offer new forms of dialogue and encourage visitors to create their own itineraries from one museum to another, leading them into less familiar or new aesthetic terrain. YVES SAINT LAURENT AUX MUSÉES seeks to go beyond the traditional framework of an exhibition and how it is experienced, by opening the exhibition to elements that would otherwise go unnoticed, by playing on multiple affinities, unsuspected connections. The exhibition offers, as a result, a new perspective on the work of Yves Saint Laurent.


Portrait de Yves Saint Laurent, 1971. PH.Jeanloup Sieff
© Estate of Jeanloup Sieff
© Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI, Dist. RMN- Grand Palais / image Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI

// In arrivo in sei istituzioni culturali parigine dal 29 Gennaio, YVES SAINT LAURENT AUX MUSÉES celebra i 60 anni dalla prima sfilata dello stilista. Il 29 gennaio 1962 infatti, il 26enne presentò la sua prima collezione con il suo nome, iniziando una carriera di successo che dura da più di 40 anni.

Concepita e resa possibile dalla Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, YVES SAINT LAURENT AUX MUSÉES promuove il dialogo tra abiti selezionati, inclusi alcuni dei capi più iconici dello stilista, e le collezioni permanenti di sei importanti musei di Parigi: il Centre Pompidou, il Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris, il Musée du Louvre, il Musée d’Orsay, il Musée national Picasso-Paris e il Musée Yves Saint Laurent.

Al centre Pompidou, vedremo Yves Saint Laurent presentato come artista legato ai suoi tempi e profondamente intonato ai movimenti artistici più importanti del 20esimo secolo. Picasso, l’inequivocabile personaggio del secolo, occupa un posto speciale nel lavoro del couturier, come appare nell’incontro in mostra al Musée national Picasso-Paris.  Ritraendo inspiegabili legami tra le discipline artistiche e le scuole di pensiero, Saint Laurent alternava ritmi e colori, luci e texture, come potremo assistere al Musée D’Art Moderne de Paris. Al Musée du Louvre invece, i visitatori scopriranno l’attrazione dello stilista per la luce e la sua passione per l’oro, tangibile in tutta la sua sontuosa decadenza nelle decorazioni della Galleria d’Apollon. 

Tutta questa ricerca estetica non può essere fino in fondo compresa senza riconoscere il ruolo chiave che Marcel Proust ha avuto nell’immaginazione di Saint Laurent. La passione per Proust, così come il modo con cui lo stilista ha sfidato i codici di genere mescolando gli abiti da donna e da uomo, sarà oggetto della mostra al Musée D’Orsay.

Notevoli materiali d’archivio della casa di moda, preservati negli anni da Pierre Bergé e Yves Saint Laurent, saranno in mostra al Musée Yves Saint Laurent, un’aggiunta ai masterpiece già esposti nelle gallerie permanenti dei musei partner del progetto. Sconosciuti ai più, questo materiale d’archivio aiuterà il pubblico a capire come nascono gli abiti d’alta moda. In mostra il lavoro che ogni giorno si svolge all’interno di una casa di moda, fornendo dettagli sul processo creativo che era tipico di Saint Laurent e rendendo omaggio ai suoi numerosi e inestimabili collaboratori. 

Concepita come un arcipelago, la mostra offre al pubblico la possibilità di crearsi i propri itinerari individuali da un museo all’altro, aprendo loro un terreno non così familiare.

YVES SAINT LAURENT AUX MUSÉES cerca di andare oltre la tradizionale struttura di un’esposizione e di come viene percepita, aprendo la stessa a elementi che altrimenti passerebbero inosservati, giocando su molteplici affinità e insospettabili connessioni. La mostra offre in definitiva una nuova prospettiva sul lavoro di Yves Saint Laurent. 


Pablo Picasso, Portrait de Nusch Eluard
Automne 1937
© Succession Picasso – Gestion droits d’auteur
Eluard Nusch (1906-1946)
Localisation : Paris, musée national Picasso – Paris
Photo © RMN-Grand Palais (Musée national Picasso-Paris) / Adrien Didierjean

Share your opinion!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s