Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists 25 Years

May 27, 2018 – Sept. 30, 2018
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Viktor&Rolf by Inez & Vinoodh, 2015
On the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Dutch luxury fashion house Viktor&Rolf, the Kunsthal organizes a large exhibition in collaboration with the Dutch designers and Canadian curator Thierry-Maxime Loriot. The exhibition ‘Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists 25 Years’ shows Viktor&Rolf’s radical conception of ‘wearable art’ and explores the elements that make their designs unique in the contemporary fashion world.

"With exquisite craftmanship and dreamy silhouettes, sometimes made from tinkling bells or red carpet, the fashion artists Viktor&Rolf – a real Dutch national treasure – have been creating wearable art for the past twenty-five years in the most unique and singular style," said Thierry-Maxime Loriot, curator of the exhibition. 

From Sunday May 27, the spectacular and avant-garde creations of the fashion artists will be on display at the Kunsthal. Since forming their creative partnership in December 1992, Viktor Horsting (1969) and Rolf Snoeren (1969) have gained critical acclaim for their cerebral and witty approach to haute couture.

The exhibition will feature some of the most show-stopping and innovative works by the design duo. These will include over 45 haute couture pieces from the designers’ collections, stage costumes created for ballet and operas, presented alongside earlier designs from the Viktor&Rolf archives and international museums collections. Also on display will be a selection of their work-in-progress "Dolls": replicas of antique dolls dressed in the designers' most iconic looks. In addition special pieces like the costumes they created for Madonna in 2016 for her Miami Art Basel fundraising concert and new works from the latest collections, ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams’ and ‘Action Dolls’ will be displayed which have never been exhibited before. 

Of the upcoming exhibition, Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren jointly state, “After the success of our retrospective exhibition in Melbourne, we are proud that it will now be traveling to the Kunsthal Rotterdam. Apart from showing our work on the catwalk, we also enjoy presenting it as an exhibition. In this way everyone can see it, not just that handful of people attending the shows in Paris.”
“The Kunsthal and Viktor&Rolf are exactly the same age. It is therefore not surprising that the two coinciding 25th anniversaries have led to this unique collaboration that perfectly matches our programming”, said Emily Ansenk, Director Kunsthal. “This retrospective of the first 25 years of Viktor&Rolf stems from a great admiration for their experimental designs that are continuously exploring the boundaries between art and fashion. It offers us an extraordinary opportunity to experience the unconventional creativity of this innovative fashion duo.”
 
‘Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists 25 Years’ is based on the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne exhibition, developed in collaboration with Viktor&Rolf and guest curator Thierry-Maxime Loriot.
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen is dedicated partner of the exhibition, with thanks to the Han Nefkens Foundation.
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The House At The End Of The World, 2005, Chromogenic Print © David LaChapelle Studio