Fashion | December 11, 2023 |

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YVES SAINT LAURENT – SHAPES & FORMS – Decors and works by Claudia Wieser
Musée Yves Saint Laurent, Paris
June 09, 2023 – January 14, 2024

With the exhibition YVES SAINT LAURENT – FORMS, the couturier’s modern and enduring vision is echoed once again. Through a fascinating spatial arrangement, the artist Claudia Wieser engenders a dialogue with textile pieces and graphic art from the museum’s collections. The exhibition presents some forty models by Yves Saint Laurent–both haute couture and ready-to-wear garments accessories and sketches, which resonate with the decors and works of the German artist.

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This original approach undeniably places the couturier’s genius in our times. Throughout his career, the legendary grand couturier Yves Saint Laurent never ceased reinventing forms. Already in 1958, when he was artistic director at Christian Dior, he affirmed his modernist approach with his “Trapeze”. “ I believe that young people are the driving element behind this fashion; above all their yearning for things that have been somewhat forgotten: simplicity, naturalness and openness to change.”

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Yves Saint Laurent, interview by André Parinaud, 1959, Institut national de l’audiovisuel beginning in the 1960s, his creations reflected a streamlined cut, well-defined lines and rich colors. His works were influenced by the artistic trends of the time simple and geometric abstraction, constructivism and concrete art whose many movements mirror the multifaceted talent of Yves Saint Laurent.

A fashion revolutionary, the couturier designed minimalist dresses, often monochromatic compositions see mainly sprung from a single line: a bold, exacting gesture was the underpinning of his art. A colorist, he imagined pure yet exuberant abstract compositions born from the juxtaposition of flat surfaces in vibrant hues. Transposing pictorial material into textile, he thus balanced color, form, surface and line.

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An illusionist, he would juxtapose black and white to suggest movement in the garment through an optical illusion. By using flat, simple lines, shape prevailed over color. Finally, the couturier had fun by playing with geometries, assembling endless colored and boldly partitioned fragments as if from a prism.

Whether with curves or right angles, spheres or broken lines while paying particular attention to color and form the German artist Claudia Wieser stages for us a veritable ensemble of forms. Influenced by the intuitive and spiritual work of Wassily Kandinsky and Paul Klee, the artist explores modernist-inspired geometric constructions. Recognized for her immersive and contemplative installations, Wieser offers us a totally immersive experience. For the YVES SAINT LAURENT – FORMS project, Claudia Wieser presents several of her own works, some of which have never been exhibited before.

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