March 13, 2014 – July 20, 2014
Vanitas: Fashion and Art examines the theme of vanitas as expressed in avant garde ready-to-wear and haute couture as well as in contemporary paintings, sculptures, industrial design and new media. As a meditation on the ephemerality of earthly pleasures and worldly accomplishments, vanitas artworks incorporate allusive imagery to suggest life’s transience and more explicit representations of momento mori. Fashion, with its accelerated cycle of obsolescence, explicit manifestation of status and material success, and potential for a narcissistic self-regard, is therefore an especially apt medium for vanitas.
The exhibition will include works by contemporary designers and artists. The installation will also highlight rare examples of the Bass Museum’s remarkable collection of historic frames by incorporating them spatially in the installation to create a dynamic and interactive engagement of artworks and viewer.
Guest Curator of the exhibition: Harold Koda, Curator-in-Charge of the Costume Institute of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Iris van Herpen
Ensemble, fall/winter 2011-12
Collection of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Purchase, Friends of the Costume Institute Gifts, 2012