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Dries Van Noten Has Created an Art Exhibition in Tokyo
The event followed the exhibition with the same name which was held at Paris’ Musée des Arts Déc...
News 08 May 2019

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Image via Wallpaper – A dispute between Achilles and Agamemnon, by Gérard De Lairesse. Photography: Kiruke Watanabe
Known for his prints and bold colours, fashion designer Dries Van Noten has added another talent to his repertoire – art curation. The Antwerp-based designer held a special exhibition titled “Interpretations” last weekend at Tokyo’s Hara Museum to celebrate 10 years in Aoyama.
This special event followed the exhibition with the same name Dries van Noten – Inspirations, which was held at Paris’ Musée des Arts Décoratifs in 2014. The show included a number of his favorite paintings, photographs, films and costumes spanning many periods, places and styles.
The Japanese exhibition featured interpretations of two 17th century Gerard de Lairesse paintings bought by Van Noten over ten years ago, taken from his personal collection. Van Noten purchased the two Lairesse canvases, titled “A dispute between Achilles and Agamemnon” and “Paris and Apollo kill Achilles, hitting him with an arrow in his heel,” at auction in Belgium. Following the purchase in 2009 these three-metre-high masterpieces were transferred from the designer’s Antwerp headquarters to his Tokyo flagship.


The two Tokyo-based artists, Yuumi Domoto and Mika Ninagawa, who were previously commissioned to interpret the two Lairesse works, had their paintings hung in the Dries Van Noten boutique on the first floor along with two pieces by Daisuke Ohba. To celebrate the tenth anniversary in Aoyama, Van Noten has asked three new Tokyo-based artists,  to once again interpret the two Lairesse paintings. The artists with the lucky honor are Masaho Anotani, Naho Ishii and Ataru Sato,


Naho Ishii re-imagined the famous artwork in a pair of blood-coloured pieces focusing on the epic side of a Greek odyssey. While Ataru Sato created the sequel to the story of Achilles in four pieces using different mediums. Finally, Masaho Anotani offered a look at life and death, as well as two sides of the same coin in two paintings.
The “Interpretations” exhibition was designed to showcase the original canvases and the interpretations from 2009 and 2019. After the exhibition, the pieces will be displayed at the Dries Van Noten Tokyo store.

Text by Peigi Mackillop
Images via Dries Van Noten’s Instagram

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