Places of interest09 September 2019

Nice: The creations of Yves Saint Laurent at the Musée des Arts Asiatiques [Video]

The exhibition "Asia dreamed by Yves Saint Laurent" brings together thirty-five models, inspired by India, China and Japan, as well as sketches, jewelry, and photographs. Open until 6th October 2019.

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This presentation is an adaptation, for the departmental museum of Asian Arts of Nice, of the first thematic temporary exhibition of the museum Yves Saint Laurent Paris, which opened its doors in autumn 2017 in the former fashion house of the creator.
The outfits of the couturier interact with the costumes and traditional jewels coming from the collections of the departmental museum of Asian Arts.
From this confrontation, there are ways to understand the designer's sources of inspiration and his path to a totally original work.

Imaginary journeys

Thanks to his "imaginary journeys" or "immovable", Yves Saint Laurent has delivered, through his collections, a dreamlike vision of distant lands. The designer immersed himself in the heart of local customs, explored folklore, abandoned the clichés to offer a sublime representation of the traditions of clothing. Among its "exoticism", Asia occupies a special place that marks all its work.

India, China and Japan

Yves Saint Laurent offers a literal and imaginary vision of Asia. Throughout his career, he has seen traditional Indian, Chinese and Japanese costumes to bring creations to life. From his first collections, he reinterprets the sumptuous coats of the sovereigns of India. Thereafter, imperial China inspired the collection of autumn-winter 1977, for which he gives a theatrical image and transforms the country. In the same year, the fashion designer highlights Asian influences through a new fragrance. Opium arouses a wind of scandal which gives it a worldwide success. Fascinated by Japan, and especially by the kabuki theater, he revisited the kimono.

Asian Arts Museum in Nice

The Alpes Maritimes General Council commissioned the famous Japanese architect Kenzo Tange, to design a building for a museum, a venue for meetings and exchanges between Asian arts and western culture.

Standing in the artificial lake in Parc Phoenix, in a building of white marble and glass, the Asian Arts Museum evokes the spirit of the main civilizations of Asia, India, Southeast Asia, China and Japan through both classical and contemporary works. Temporary exhibitions, as well as performances and other activities, like the famous ‘tea ceremony’ illustrate the Museum’s creativity.

405 Promenade des Anglais - 06200 NICE

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