Dorned with Vezzoli’s signature of an embroidered glittering tear, the show will display portraits, embroideries and needleworks of Hollywood legends, first ladies, fashion icons and pop culture celebrities intended to reflect the drama of the female divided identities, and show the anguish between living a public and private life.
In a space reminiscent of the Hall of Mirrors in the Palace de Versailles, the exhibition will include a new series of artworks inspired by Oum Kulthom, one of the most admired female Arab singers, as well as four videos starring the likes of Bianca Jagger and Lauren Bacall, and a bronze sculpture of Sophia Loren. The exhibition has been created in partnership with Hans-Ulrich Obrist (co-director of Exhibitions and Programmes and Director of International Projects at the Serpentine Gallery, London) Rem Koolhaas (founder of architecture firm OMA), and the artist. The show will be accompanied by an illustrated catalogue with produced by Kaleidoscope Press.
Rem Koolhaas founded OMA in 1975 together with Elia and Zoe Zenghelis and Madelon Vriesendorp. He graduated from the Architectural Association in London and in 1978 published Delirious New York: A Retroactive Manifesto for Manhattan. In 1995, his book S,M,L,XL summarized the work of OMA in "a novel about architecture." He heads the work of both OMA and AMO, the research branch of OMA, operating in areas beyond the realm of architecture such as media, politics, renewable energy and fashion. Koolhaas has won several international awards including the Pritzker Architecture Prize in 2000 and the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 2010 Venice Biennale. Koolhaas is a professor at Harvard University where he conducts the Project on the City.
Hans Ulrich Obrist is Co-director of the Serpentine Gallery, London. Prior to this, he was the Curator of the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville, Paris. In 2012, he has co-curated Jonas Mekas, Thomas Schütte Faces and Figures, Yoko Ono TO THE LIGHT, Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei Pavilion and the Memory Marathon at the Serpentine Gallery, London; To the Moon via the Beach, LUMA Foundation, Arles; Lina Bo Bardi, Casa de Vidro, Sao Paulo; A call for unrealized projects, DAAD and e-flux, Berlin. Obrist’s recent publications include A Brief History of Curating, Project Japan: Metabolism Talks with Rem Koolhaas, Ai Wei Wei Speaks, along with new volumes of his Conversation Series.
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