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Exploring Haute Couture – Viktor&Rolf at Kunsthalle München

Ellen von Unwerth
Suite Haute Couture, Paris, Town & Country, 2023
Late Stage Capitalism Waltz Haute Couture, S/S 2023

© Ellen von Unwerth

In the heart of Munich lies an artistic sanctuary that beckons both locals and visitors alike: Kunsthalle München. This esteemed exhibition space is a hub of creative expression, showcasing a diverse array of collections spanning various genres from painting and sculpture to design and fashion. Recently, we had the privilege of immersing ourselves in the captivating world of Viktor&Rolf’s “Fashion Statements”, a must-see exhibition at Kunsthalle München 2024. As a photographer and model, exhibitions like these make our hearts race with excitement!

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Unveiling Viktor&Rolf’s Unique Vision

Viktor&Rolf, the visionary Dutch fashion artists, have spent over three decades pushing the boundaries between haute couture and art. Renowned for their unconventional approach to design and technical prowess, they have garnered international acclaim for their bold creations that blur the lines between fashion and art.

Rolf Snoeren und Viktor Horsting (Viktor&Rolf)

Viktor&Rolf. Fashion Statements, 23.2.–6.10.2024
© BrauerPhotos / S.Brauer für Kunsthalle München

Key Facts: Understanding Haute Couture

Haute Couture is the zenith of luxury fashion, distinguished by bespoke garments meticulously crafted with exemplary skill and ingenuity. Governed by stringent criteria established by the Chambre Syndicale de la Haute Couture in Paris, haute couture pieces are meticulously handcrafted, employing only the most exquisite materials and showcasing original designs. With limited production runs and extravagant runway presentations during Paris Haute Couture Fashion Week, haute couture epitomizes sartorial elegance and exclusivity, affording discerning clientele a singular and esteemed fashion experience.

Andreas Gursky
V&R, 2011
Cutting Edge Couture Ready-to-wear, S/S 2010

© Andreas Gursky, Courtesy Sprüth Magers / VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2024

Exploring the Exhibition: A Multifaceted Journey

At Kunsthalle München, the “Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Statements” exhibition offers a rare glimpse into the duo’s remarkable journey. Curated by Thierry-Maxime Loriot in collaboration with the Kunsthalle, this retrospective delves deep into Viktor&Rolf’s creative universe, spanning nine thematic chapters that reflect their passions, obsessions, and unique vision.

From “Upside Down” to “On Stage,” each chapter unveils a different aspect of Viktor&Rolf’s multifaceted approach to fashion. Featuring over 100 of their most daring creations, the exhibition showcases the duo’s unparalleled craftsmanship and innovative spirit. From intricately crafted couture gowns to avant-garde ensembles, each piece tells a story of creativity and imagination.

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Personal Reflections: A Journey of Discovery

As we wandered through the exhibition halls, we were captivated by the sheer artistry on display. Each creation seemed to transcend traditional notions of fashion, inviting us to explore the boundaries between art and design. From the intricate detailing to the thought-provoking themes, Viktor&Rolf’s “Fashion Statements” left an indelible impression on us.

Delving into Viktor&Rolf’s Creative Process

Viktor&Rolf’s collections often begin with an abstract idea, weaving together elements of fantasy and reality. Their runway presentations are not mere showcases of fashion but immersive experiences that blur the lines between art and performance. Through their innovative designs and boundary-pushing concepts, they have redefined the notion of haute couture, creating pieces that challenge convention and inspire awe.

A Must-Visit Destination for Art and Fashion Enthusiasts

When in Munich, be sure to visit Kunsthalle München for Viktor&Rolf’s “Fashion Statements” exhibition. Delve into the world of haute couture and artistry as you explore the captivating creations of this visionary duo. With the exhibition running until early October, you have plenty of time to plan your visit and experience this extraordinary showcase of fashion and art.

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As we bid farewell to “Fashion Statements,” we eagerly anticipate the next exhibition at Kunsthalle München this year and cannot wait to write about it!

Also, don’t forget to check out our article about the previous exhibition at Kunsthalle München, featuring the captivating works of the Spanish artist Ignacio Zuloaga.

“Viktor&Rolf. Fashion Statements” – February 23rd – October 6th, 2024 – Kunsthalle München, Theatinerstr. 8, 80333 Munich – – Daily: 10 am to 8 pm – Tel. +49 89 224412