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Six Artists Give Their Take on Louis Vuitton’s Artycapucines Collection

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The Capucines bag was first launched in 2013. It quickly became one of Louis Vuitton’s most loved designs. In 2019, the Artycapucines Collection was launched. This innovative collaboration with international artists saw the creation of the Artycapucines Collection. The collection helped artists bring their unique visions to life by providing them with a canvas.

Louis Vuitton has joined six other renowned contemporary artists in the Artycapucines Collection’s latest chapter.

  • Zeng Fanzhi – A combination of tradition and rich texture

Zeng Fanzhi was born in Wuhan, 1964. He studied at the Hubei Academy of Fine Arts. His work can be found in the permanent collections of San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Musee d’Art Moderne de Paris and the National Art Museum of China Beijing.

Zeng’s art is a unique blend of Western and Chinese traditions. His paintings often focus on studies of tactility and isolation.

Zeng’s Capucines is inspired by a dramatic interpretation of Vincent Van Gogh’s self-portrait, which he first created in 2017. This complex design accurately depicts Van Gogh’s meticulous brushstrokes and layering paint in threads of 42 colours and more than 700,000 embroidery stitches.

  • Gregor Hildebrant: Monochrome is a window into the past

Hildebrant uses vinyl records along with audio and visual tapes to create minimalist, yet romantic collages and paintings. His black-and white monochrome aesthetic of the viewer often invokes personal and collective memories.

Grzegorki Records was his first record label. Hildebrant’s work is part of collections at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, and Yuz Museum in Shanghai.

Hildebrant’s Capucines design reflects his love for vinyl records and his “rip-off”, technique that uses magnetic dust taken from old tape to create striking black and white images.

  • Donna Huanca: Art, corporeality and art again

With a deep interest in the potential of the body as an artistic medium, Donna Huanca’s artwork encompasses what she refers to as ‘visceral experiences. Many of her art installations feature performers dressed in armour-like clothes, camouflaged with large-scale, vibrant, and strikingly alive’ paintings. This concept is used by Huanca to explore empathy and perception, identity, fragmentation.

Huanca’s Capucines design was inspired by MuyalJol and Cara de Fuego, which are two paintings that explore the interaction between the female body and its environment. Her work is found all over the world, including at Rubell Museum in Miami and New York’s Solomon R. Guggenheim Collection.

  • Vik Muniz: Another man’s treasure

Muniz uses found materials such as chocolate, toys and magazines to create images from popular culture and art history. Pictures of Garbage was his 2008 project. He produced large-scale versions of Picasso’s Ironing Woman (by Jean Francois Millet) and Jean-Francois Milet’s The Sower using household waste from Rio de Janeiro’s main landfill.

Vik Muniz’s 2019 series Quasi Tutto inspired him — delicate arrangements small, fragile cut out paper objects. Vik Muniz’s Capucines charms through its playfulness and beautiful textural layering.

Muniz was born in Sao Paulo, Brazil in 1961. He now lives in Brooklyn and Rio de Janeiro. His work is part of the permanent collections of renowned art institutions like the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Museu de Arte Moderna, Sao Paulo and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

  • Paola Piivi: A playful spin on everyday things

Paola Pivi’s varied and mysterious oeuvre challenges viewers to look at the world differently. Pivi uses common objects in small ways to make them more interesting and fun, sometimes using anthropomorphic gestures. There would be miniature and life-size polar bears doing yoga and spouting multicoloured feathers. zebras perched on snowy mountain peaks. A leopard enjoying a graceful walk amongst dozens of cappuccinos.

Pivi’s Capucines design was inspired by her 2007 piece One Cup of Cappuccino Then I Go. The striking leopard is embroidered on smooth leather and then overprinted to give it a fur-like appearance against the delicate, gold-coloured lambskin used for the cappuccinos.

Pivi currently resides in Anchorage, Alaska. Her work was shown at many renowned international institutions, including the Centre Pompidou in Paris. National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne. Tate Modern, London. MOMA PS1, New York.

  • Huang Yuxing: Bold, bright and bewitching

Huang Yuxing’s striking paintings combine meticulous technique with bold, vivid colours and imaginative visions. Huang uses traditional Chinese gongbi paintings to create stunning landscapes and abstract still lifes. He also uses fluorescent hues (which Huang calls the “colours our generation”).

Huang’s Capucines design is based on a reworked version his 2019 painting The Colossus Hidden Deep In the Hills. It features a stylised landscape with his oval shape printed onto white-grey leather. The embroidery depicts rainbow-like mountains.

Huang graduated in 2000 from Beijing’s Central Academy of Fine Arts. His exhibitions have been extensive in China as well as internationally. His solo shows include those in London, Paris and Brussels, Hong Kong, Taipei Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Brussels, Hong Kong, Taipei and Brussels.

Louis Vuitton Artycapucines Collection will be available in all major retailers worldwide by the end of 2021. Each bag comes just in 200 pieces.

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