The unveiling of the Dior spring-summer 2023 ready-to-wear collection is for Maria Grazia Chiurithe opportunity to create collective energy thanks to the contributions of various committed artists in such away that the public can feel involved and become protagonists themselves.
For the show, she thus gavecarte blancheto Eva Jospin – with whom she had already collaborated on theDior autumn-winter 2021-2022 haute couture show – to imagine a baroque grotto made of cardboard,a key element for the artist, an essential object of her research.
The Buttes Chaumont grotto in Paris, the Villa Borromeo Visconti Litta in Lombardy, and the frescoes of thePalazzina Cinese in Palermo provided Eva Jospin with inspiration for this inventive installation that recreatesthe real through artifice.
Grottos and caves are architecture carved into rock, changing over time, characterized by the progressionof nature, the metamorphosis of encrusted shells. Gallery, forest, cave: the artist’s universe explores interiority,mystery, with those energies that constitute a fundamental component of femininity. A three-dimensionalwork that then takes on a two-dimensional form on panels and canvases adorned with arches, ruins andvegetation-covered walls.
It is in this setting that the Dutch choreographers and dancers Imre and Marne van Opstal, a creativeduo uniting a sister and a brother, evolve, exploring the human condition, the limits and the possibilitiesof body and mind through a multi-layered and often surreal dance. For this show, which Maria GraziaChiuri describes as a collective collaboration born of the meeting of different projects and languages,they have imagined a performance reminiscent of the Renaissance, reinterpreting it in the sense, precisely,of a veritable rebirth. The dancers move in harmony with the collection: the sculptural bodies shift likestatues, brought to light by Maria Grazia Chiuri’s models. Plaster, marble, and stone are animated bymovements evoking a classical language but imbued with a resolutely contemporary impetus.