Editions de Parfums Frederic Malle
Etat Libre d'Orange
Ugo La Pietra
Jacques Le Corre
Charlie le MinduGianmarco Lorenzi
Maison Martin Margiela
Maitre Parfumeur et Gantier
Oriza L. Legrand
Jean-Baptiste Sibertin Blanc
Walter Van Beirendonck
Atelier Van Lieshout
Lucas Van Vugt
Susanne Hilpert Stuber
The exhibition features a selection of contemporary artist and designers who draw on the iconography of pleasure in their creative work, finding inspiration in erotic literature.
Nirvana. Strange Forms of Pleasure is Switzerland’s first international-level exhibition to be devoted to forms of
pleasure in contemporary creation, exploring design as well as fashion and contemporary art, and the first compre-
hensive study of the influence of erotica on design and fashion. By turns bold, luxurious and mysterious, the exhibi-
tion presents works by around eighty artists and designers, and over 200 objects and installations.
The exhibition features a selection of contemporary designers who draw on the iconography of pleasure in their creative work, finding inspiration in erotic and fetishist literature, along with the images, objects and clothing to which they frequently refer. Visitors will discover finely-crafted, sometimes rare and inaccessible items, made from materials usually associated with the worlds of luxury goods, craftsmanship and contemporary art.
The exhibition invites us to examine our own ideas and perceptions of pleasure. It forces us to observe how its forms of expression can cross the line from the private to the public sphere when they are the subject of fashion, design or art. Designers cover the body with close-fitting garments or sensual materials, adorning them with jewellery that is aesthetically as well as erotically pleasing, creating furniture with evocative forms, works of art in which beauty and perfection are spiced with the whiff of brimstone. Nirvana shows that society’s desire for sensual pleasure remains vigorous in our digital age.
The exhibition focuses on design, fashion, and also contemporary art, which helps to open our eyes: its aim is to examine our relationship with the forms and objects that give physical expression to our unconscious perceptions of sexuality and our private notions of pleasure. In the exhibits, taboos are subverted by the use of unexpected shapes and materials, and by an attention to detail that has much in common with what the fashion world would consider haute couture.
Celebrated and up-and-coming designers alike bring these multiple influences into the spotlight, placing in the public sphere what has hitherto remained private. All these designers force us to question our value judgements on erotic practices by presenting unexpectedly luxurious items, worked to the highest standards of craftsmanship in leather, glass and precious metals.
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Opening tuesday 28 October 2014 from 18.00
Musee de design et d'arts appliques contemporains - mudac
PL. Cathédrale 6 CH-1005 Lausanne
Open on every bank holidays, Mondays included
24 and 31.12.2014: 11.00-16.00
25.12.2014 and 01.01.2015: closed