"Opening the Senses", vol. 4 / When Fashion and Art Meet

Fulfilling its mission to bring the joy of discovering new ways of seeing and appreciating art to as wide a public as possible, Louvre - DNP Museum Lab has embarked on a new series of events entitled, "Opening the Senses", through which we hope to offer visitors the experience of the stimulation and broadening of perception that comes through the experience of works of art.

"Opening the Senses", vol. 4
A side event to the Ninth Presentation, combining a visit to the exhibition and a talk show.
Talk show featuring:
Mikio SAKABE (founder of the MIKIO SAKABE label)
Tarô HORIUCHI (founder of the TARO HORIUCHI label)
Moderated by: Mariko NISHITANI (fashion journalist)
When Fashion and Art Meet

Currently awaiting discovery as part of the Presentation "El niño azul, Goya and Spanish Painting in the Louvre" at the Louvre - DNP Museum Lab in Tokyo's Gotanda district is The Boy in Blue, a portrait of a child painted by Spanish grand master Goya. The painting was one of the favourite works belonging to Yves Saint Laurent and his partner Pierre Bergé. Along with the many other artworks in their private collection, The Boy in Blue is said to have inspired the creations of the great French couturier.
For the fourth instalment of its "Opening the Senses" programme, in order to consider the relationship between fashion and art, Museum Lab proposes a discussion on the theme "When Fashion and Art Meet", featuring two fashion designers with a highly artistic approach for their contemporary take on the subject.
The first guest is Mikio Sakabe (founder of the MIKIO SAKABE label), who has no qualms in taking an unconventional stance in his own fashion shows by enlisting other artists, such as the girl band Denpa-gumi.inc or the artists' collective Chim↑Pom.
The second guest is Tarô Horiuchi, whose eponymous clothing brand features sleek, elegant lines. With his artistic upbringing, it was quite natural for him to take an aesthetic view of art and architecture.
Both of these young designers have studied in Europe, bringing them into direct contact with creativity rooted in Western history and civilisation. This experience has helped to shape the style of these two individuals, who are increasingly in the public eye.
We have asked fashion editor Mariko Nishitani, former editor of the magazine High Fashion and editorial director for the exhibition "Feel and Think: a new era of Tokyo Fashion", organised last year at the Tokyo Opera City Art Gallery, to moderate the talk show in an attempt to understand the place of art in the work of these young fashion designers.
(In Japanese only.)

Presenters' Profiles
After graduating as top student in 2006 from the fashion department of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, he began his career with an official participation at the Paris Fashion Week (autumn-winter 2007) where he presented his first collection in the form of an art installation. More recently he presented his spring/summer collection in the Yoyogi National Gymnasium with the collaboration of the artists' collective Chim↑pom, while showcasing his subsequent autumn-winter collection 2011 in the Roppongi store of video rental giant Tsutaya alongside the girl band Denpa-gumi.inc, the idols of Akihabara. His autumn-winter 2012 collection, presented at the Belle Salle Shibuya First, includes menswear for the first time. Sakabe embodies new contemporary Tokyo style for the rest of the world.
Born in Tokyo in 1982, he left Japan for England at the age of fifteen. After studying photography at Kingston University in London, he decided to change direction and enrolled at the faculty of fashion design. In 2003, he was admitted to the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, and went on to graduate as top student in 2007. The same year he won the Diesel Award in the International Support Talent (ITS) competition in Italy, and went on to present his capsule collection in Diesel stores around the world. He took part in the exhibition "New Creators met together in Europe" at the 21_21 DESIGN Sight (Tokyo Midtown), as part of Japan Fashion Week 2007. In 2008 he left for France, returning to Japan in 2009, where he founded his own label TARO HORIUCHI. His work is not limited to clothing, as he also designs jewellery, furniture and art pieces.
Joined the Bunka Publishing Bureau in 1974, assigned to the Paris office between 1980 and 1982. She worked for various magazines owned by the group, including So-en and High Fashion, where she became deputy editor. When High Fashion ceased to appear as a paper publication, she was in charge of its online version from 2010 until June 2012. She is the author of Fashion ha Katarihajimeta [Fashion has started to talk] (Film Art-sha) and Feel and Think: a new era of Tokyo Fashion (Ibunsha).

Ninth presentation Louvre - DNP Museum Lab / El niño azul, Goya and Spanish Painting in the Louvre
El niño azul (The Boy in Blue)
Francisco de Goya y Lucientes
Luis María de Cistué y Martínez
Oil on canvas; H. 118 cm; W. 86 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris (RF 2009-5)
© Photo DNP / Philippe Fuzeau
A little boy dressed in blue is holding a dog on a leash. Hitherto rarely shown in public,The Boy in Blue painted by Goya in 1791 may now be viewed at leisure ever since it became part of the Louvre's collections in 2009.
The model, Luis María de Cistué, godson of the king and queen, and future hero of the Spanish Peninsular War, is depicted here at the age of two years and eight months in a simple composition that acts as a foil to the blue and pink hues of the garment and sash, as well as to the softly suffused background lighting.
After long being handed down from generation to generation within the Cistué family, the work was purchased by American industrialist John D. Rockefeller Jr. in 1928. In the early 1980s, it became the property of fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Bergé. After the former's death in 2009 it was donated to the Musée du Louvre.
This is the first time that the painting is exhibited outside of the Louvre since it entered the museum's collections. The Ninth presentation, entitled El niño azul, Goya and Spanish Painting in the Louvre, offers a variety of approaches to encountering the work. Visitors are first drawn into the intimate world of the model and the collectors who owned the portrait, before joining a museum laboratory where they can observe the painting and scientifically analyse Goya's choices and his brushwork on the canvas. The tour continues with an area that conjures up the Louvre's collection of Spanish paintings where The Boy in Blue is usually to be found, introducing the great masters of Spanish painting, from Greco to Goya and Murillo, and showing how the Louvre's collection has been built up over time. At the end of the circuit, visitors are invited to give their own interpretations of Goya's work.
Ever since it left the artist's studio, The Boy in Blue has never ceased to be viewed and admired in different ways by different individuals. By discovering various ways of looking at the same picture, visitors will no doubt in turn be able to forge their own special relationship with the work.

  Practical information
  Date Saturday, September 1st, 2012
Talk show from 2.30 p.m. to 4 p.m. (doors open at 2 p.m.) and special visit of the Louvre-DNP Museum Lab Ninth Presentation (from 4 p.m. until doors close at 6 p.m.)
Louvre - DNP Museum Lab Hall
DNP Gotanda Building, 1 F
3-5-20 Nishi Gotanda, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo
Six-minute walk from Gotanda Station
JR Yamanote Line (West Exit) / Toei Asakusa Subway Line (Exit A2) / Tokyu Ikegami Line
Seven-minute walk from Fudomae Station on the Tokyu Meguro Line
Location map
  Capacity Seating is limited to one hundred people. (Reservations will be closed when capacity is reached.) Free admission but advance reservation required.
* Please be advised that, during busy times, you may be required to wait before entering the exhibition area or experimenting with the multimedia displays. Thank you for your understanding.

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