The artistic adventure Mobile Art CHANEL Contemporary Art Container by Zaha Hadid has been discontinued after Hong Kong, Tokyo and New York. The image that such an event would have conveyed in the next cities would no longer have been in the spirit of the times.An unprecedented travelling aesthetic experience, Mobile Art was greeted with great enthusiasm and curiosity the world over during 2008. The delight expressed by the 100,000 visitors was shared by the positive acclaim of the international press in its extensive coverage of this event.A new form of exhibition conceived as a sensorial voyage, Mobile Art gave the quilted bag, icon of CHANEL's heritage, its own means of expression by confronting it with contemporary creation. Some 20 works inspired by the quilted bag were exhibited in the heart of a mobile pavilion specially created by the renowned architect Zaha Hadid at the request of Karl Lagerfeld. Together, the collision of these original and unusual points of view renewed the vision of the CHANEL universe.A utopia created by a total work of art, Mobile Art will remain a great achievement and a global success, reaffirming with force CHANEL's attachment to creativity and to the avant-garde.
Two feature films dedicated to her life will be coming out this year: “Coco before Chanel”, a movie by Anne Fontaine staring Audrey Tautou, and “Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky”, directed by Jan Kounen with Anna Mouglalis as Mademoiselle Chanel during her relationship with one of the most influential composers of the XXth century.Photo: Mademoiselle Chanel in Biarritz, France © TopFoto / Roger-Viollet
The inspiration for the Spring-Summer 2009 Ready-to-Wear campaign
A Danish painter from the early 20th Century, Vilhelm Hammershoi, is the inspiration for the Spring-Summer 2009 campaign. Karl Lagerfeld has a passion for the low-key interiors of this artist who was keen to swathe everyday life in stillness and silence. All his recurring motifs: empty apartments, urban scenes and portraits systematically call to mind a closed world where melancholy and emptiness, common themes that can be found throughout his work, reign. This world focuses all its attention on a single window with no curtains or catches, usually in the background of the picture, the only source of light reduced to just a few rays of hazy, filtered sunshine.
Similarities can be seen with photography of the time, taken in black and white and then colored in. When asked in an interview about his neutral color choices, his dull pallet of shades of grey and brown, Vilhelm Hammershoi said “I’m utterly convinced that a painting has the best effect in terms of its color the fewer colors there are.”
Hammershoi never allowed himself to be influenced by the artistic revolutions of his time. He carefully kept his distance, limiting himself to a small number of subjects and found his inspiration in 17th century Dutch painting.
What’s more, it is only recently that we are rediscovering the modernity of his paintings, contemporaries of the birth of photography and cinema. The similarity between photography and painting gives Hammershoi’s work an ambivalent character and an astonishingly modern feel.
This new Chanel boutique is located between two Las Vegas palaces: the Hotel Wynn and the Hotel Encore. With its gold and beige interior, it is an homage to Mademoiselle Chanel's 31 rue Cambon apartment.
The American architect Peter Marino avoided the kitch clichés of Las Vegas by following a certain rigor and a simple geometry inspired by the 30's, perpetuating the elegant style of Chanel. The boutique also includes an area entirely dedicated to exotic leather handbags. For the opening, the window installation was based on Paris-Moscou, the latest Métiers d'Art collection.