CULTURE CHANEL. CA’ PESARO INTERNATIONAL GALLERY OF MODERN ART, VENICE From September 17th 2016 until January 8th 2017, the Ca’ Pesaro International Gallery of Modern Art in Venice will hold the CULTURE CHANEL exhibition entitled The woman who reads.
Since its first chapter in 2007, the CULTURE CHANEL project has been put together a collection of individual exhibitions conceived and curated by Jean-Louis Froment. With this series, CULTURE CHANEL approaches the singular life story of Gabrielle Chaneland the House of CHANEL through each exhibition’s original theme. This itinerary, which spans the 20th century and continues to formulate modernity today, draws its content from the roots of the culture of her time.
The relationships Mademoiselle Chanel maintained throughout her life with some of the greatest creative minds of her time were crucial. Her friendships, conversations and exchanges went on to provide sustenance for her thoughts and her own creations. Thus, each successive exhibition sheds under a new light what constitutes the foundation of a language that is universal today. It is this formal vocabulary that has forged the style of CHANEL, this singular identity developed and continually enriched by this set of fundamentals.
This seventh chapter of CULTURE CHANEL evokes Gabrielle Chanel’s creative world from a totally new perspective: that of her relationship to books and reading. From Greek authors to modern poets, Gabrielle Chanel’s abundant library reveals the works that left an impression on her life and shaped her personality. In Venice, one of Gabrielle Chanel’s main sources of inspiration, the public will discover these works for the very first time. Around this central theme, the exhibition plays on analogies and visual correspondences, which highlight from a contemporary standpoint that relationship with books and writing, and in particular to poetry, that is echoed through the conception of her creations. Dedications, archives, photographs, paintings and drawings are nestled in and amongst a wardrobe of fashion creations that reveals, much like a library, the aesthetic vocabulary of Gabrielle Chanel, her taste for classicism and the baroque, and her love for Russia and the golds of Venice.
Art objects from her Paris apartment will be exhibited for the first time, along with jewellery pieces and perfumes. All in all, some 350 pieces sketch an intimate portrait of a creator revealed through her reading who knew how to transform her life into a legend.