'Isabelle de Borchgrave: Fashioning Art from Paper' opens on Oct. 15, 2017

Paper and Fashion in a National Restrospective: Isabelle de Borchgrave: Fashioning Art from Paper  Opens on Oct. 15 at the Dixon Gallery and Gardens in Memphis, Tennessee                           

Isabelle de Borchgrave: Fashioning Art from Paper is a mid-career examination of one of the most creative figures working in Europe today. Belgian contemporary artist Isabelle de Borchgrave is a painter by training, and she uses paper to recreate historic fashions to dazzling effect. De Borchgrave’s collections have been shown internationally  for two decades, and now they will be on view in North America with a U.S. début in Memphis, Tennessee.

This exhibition celebrates de Borchgrave’s most iconic bodies of work, including Les Ballets Russes, Papiers à la Mode, The World of Mariano Fortuny, The Kaftans, and Splendor of the Medici, all of which illuminate 500 years of fashion history:

• On view for the first time in the U.S., Les Ballets Russes features de Borchgrave’s interpretations of the costumes designed by Léon Bakst, Giorgio de Chirico, Pablo Picasso, and others.

• With Papiers à la Mode, de Borchgrave re-imagined iconic garments from world history, including dresses worn by Madame de Pompadour, Marie-Antoinette, Elizabeth I, and Empress Eugenie.

The World of Mariano Fortuny includes interpretations of the great master painter and designer’s iconic Grecian-styled dresses and tunics from the early 20th century, while Kaftans highlights Silk Road textiles.

• The works in de Borchgrave’s Splendor of the Medici series capture the astounding luxuriousness that characterizes this extraordinary era of intellectual, scientific, literary, and artistic accomplishments.               

In addition, organizing partner Frick Art & Historical Center commissioned de Borchgrave to create a gown inspired by a special work in their collection: Peter Paul Rubens, Portrait of Charlotte-Marguerite de Montmorency, Princess of Condé, ca. 1610. Both the dress and the original Rubens portrait will be on view in this exhibition.

Lastly, in celebration of her connection with Memphis, Isabelle de Borchgrave created an Elvis jumpsuit in paper; it will be on view at the Dixon on opening day in October, and after the exhibition closes, it will continue to be on display in the permanent collection.

The exhibition is organized by Dixon Gallery and Gardens with the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Society of the Four Arts, Frick Art & Historical Center, and Artis-Naples, the Baker Museum. Dennita Sewell, Curator of Fashion Design at Phoenix Art Museum, and Isabelle de Borchgrave will participate in a conversation about the featured artist’s artistic journey at the opening lecture on Sunday, October 15 at 2:00 p.m. in the Winegardner Auditorium. Isabelle de Borchgrave: Fashioning Art from Paper will be on view through January 7, 2018 at the Dixon.

The exhibition catalogue will be available for purchase at the museum’s gift shop, 20twelve at the Dixon.

Image credit: Isabelle de Borchgrave, detail of Costume of the Princess of Condé, Charlotte Marguerite de Montmorency (1594-1650), 2017. Inspired by a portrait by Peter Paul Rubens, ca. 1609. Mixed media: paper, cut, folded, and molded with acrylic paint, ink, metallic powder, and adhesive; mounted on mannequin. Frick Art & Historical Center, Pittsburgh. Photograph by Travis Hutchison.

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Posted by Chantal Drake at 9:40 AM
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10/8/2017 at 03:14 AM by Margaret Buchignani

This exhibit will be fabulous, and probably one-of-a-kind~~ big thanks to everyone responsible for bringing not only the artistic pieces, but the artist herself to the Dixon. Are we fortunate or what!!


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