September 12, 2012

Louis Vuitton
in Venice


At the occasion of the 13th International Architecture Exhibition in Venice, Louis Vuitton is presenting the exhibition "Nicholas Hawksmoor: Methodical Imaginings". The event, which runs until November 25, 2012, adds a new chapter to Louis Vuitton’s longstanding connection with the world of art and architecture.

The exhibition is being held in the Venice Pavilion, which was restored recently with the support from Louis Vuitton. Nicholas Hawksmoor (1661-1736) was a distinctively original architect who marked the English baroque period. His imaginative buildings were inspired by numerous cultures, from English gothic to Roman antiquity, French classicism and Italian baroque.

Considered as one of Britain’s greatest architects, Nicholas Hawksmoor built numerous churches in England at the beginning of the 18th century, including the great towers which flank the front of Westminster Abbey. This work figures at the center of the exhibition.

Hawksmoor’s work, which has not been widely documented, is brilliantly showcased in photographs by renowned architectural photographer Hélène Binet. Her black and white photographs underscore the beauty of the architect’s work, with special attention to scales and materials. This contemporary vision of the architecture resonates perfectly with Louis Vuitton’s own approach to architecture.

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