Louis Vuitton | Artycapucines
The 2023 edition of Louis Vuitton’s Artycapucines Collection celebrates five leading artists of the contemporary scene: Billie Zangewa, Ewa Juszkiewicz, Liza Tou, Tursic & Mille and Ziping Wang. As per tradition, artists have carte blanche in the creation and transposition of their aesthetic visions on the iconic Capucines bag.
Since its creation in 2019, the famous Capucines bag, whose name pays homage to the first Louis Vuitton store opened on Rue Neuve-des-Capucines in Paris in 1854, has been the ideal blank canvas for the twenty-nine contemporary artists who took part in the project to date. The last five works reveal the versatility of the collection, in which the talent and inventiveness of the artists merge with the ingenuity and savoir-faire of the Maison’s master craftsmen.
Billie Zangewa, born in Malawi and living in South Africa, chooses to use fragments of raw silk to create landscapes and portraits. Lei’s Artycapucines depicts the work The Swimming Lesson (2020), which features her son Mika as the protagonist, recreated through the combination of high definition trompe-l’oeil print, lively embroidery and deliberately hand stitching in sight. Long interested in female identity and the oppression of its role in the Western model, the Polish painter Ewa Juszkiewicz has chosen to transpose her typically sensational and surrealist work, Ginger Locks (2021) using a high definition print, emphasized by a string of golden pearls. American artist Liza Lou is famous for her use of beads in both large-scale sculptures, such as Kitchen (1995), and more intimate artworks; for her Artycapucines her, she gives life to a wonderful texture composed of refined bead work. The workmanship is first embossed on the soft leather and then printed in soft pastel tones, to then be wrapped around the Capucines bag like a second skin. The Serbian-French duo Tursic & Mille shows their interest in the overload of images to which contemporary society is exposed and chooses the path of recontextualization in the Capucines, reinventing the bag in a characteristic flower shape which is then used as a frame for a preciously embroidered and colored version of the painting Tenderness (2021), accompanied by a burnt cedar wood handle and the inlaid LV logo. The mini Artycapucines proposed by the Chinese artist Ziping Wang is the smallest bag in the collection; an enchanting creation made with fragments of leather and inlays with bright, bright colors and pop motifs which represents for the artist a manifesto on our “visually” saturated and self-reflective world.
The Artycapucines Collection includes 29 unique creations by renowned artists from around the world including Alex Israel, Beatriz Milhazes, Daniel Buren, Henry Taylor, Paola Pivi, Park Seo-Bo, Tschabalala Self, Ugo Rondinone, Urs Fischer, Vik Muniz and Zhao Zhao . Each bag is a further demonstration of how, for over a century, Louis Vuitton has continuously put its innovative spirit and artisanal savoir-faire at the service of artists and their creativity: from Gaston-Louis, nephew of Louis Vuitton, to the collaborations with legendary artists such as Sol LeWitt, Yayoi Kusama, Richard Prince and Takashi Murakami, until the inauguration of the Fondation Louis Vuitton designed by Frank Gehry in 2014.
The Artycapucines collection represents the maximum expression of artistic creativity, savoir-faire and craftsmanship , and at the same time confirms Capucines as synonymous with femininity.
All the bags from the Artycapucines 2023 Collection are kept in specially designed packages and will be available in a limited edition of 200 pieces.
Louis Vuitton | Artycapucines