Of Tears and Thorns


The baroque beads of Jean-Michel Othoniel are the first piece to greet the visitor at Christian Lacroix’ major show at the Musée Réattu in Arles. The show itself, curated by the couturier, mixes Lacroix’ personal selection among the museum’s collection of Réattu, Picasso and modern photography with his own sketches, clothing, carpeting (featuring a carpet depicting an room-sized bouquet of carnations) and contemporary art. The choice is eclectic and personal, rich in texture, colour and symbolism. Lacroix has definitely entered an era in which he is demand as much for his art historian’s eye as for his creative capacities. Othoniel’s enormous necklace, hanging from the branches of an acacia tree in the courtyard, becomes a nature/culture hybrid with an almost religious quality, of larger-than-life thorns and glass tears.

An apt entrée, en matières…



~ by lisacwhite on June 15, 2008.

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