The Kunsthal Rotterdam proudly presents a new fashion exhibition this Summer: ‘Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists 25 Years’. On the occasion of the twenty-fifth anniversary of the Dutch luxury fashion house Viktor&Rolf, the Kunsthal organizes a large exhibition in collaboration with the Dutch designers and Canadian curator Thierry-Maxime Loriot. The exhibition ‘Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists 25 Years’ shows Viktor&Rolf’s radical conception of ‘wearable art’ and explores the elements that make their designs unique in the contemporary fashion world.

Viktor&Rolf photographed in their atelier, Amsterdam, September 2016 photo © Team Peter Stigter

“With exquisite craftsmanship and dreamy silhouettes, sometimes made from tinkling bells or red carpet, the fashion artists Viktor&Rolf – a real Dutch national treasure – have been creating wearable art for the past twenty-five years in the most unique and singular style.”

-Thierry-Maxime Loriot, Curator 

From Sunday May 27, the spectacular and avant-garde creations of the fashion artists will be on display at the Kunsthal. Since forming their creative partnership in December 1992, Viktor Horsting (1969) and Rolf Snoeren (1969) have gained critical acclaim for their cerebral and witty approach to haute couture. The exhibition will feature some of the most show-stopping and innovative works by the design duo. These will include over 45 haute couture pieces from the designers’ collections, stage costumes created for ballet and operas, presented alongside earlier designs from the Viktor&Rolf archives and international museums collections. Also on display will be a selection of their work-in-progress “Dolls”: replicas of antique dolls dressed in the designers’ most iconic looks. In addition special pieces like the costumes they created for Madonna in 2016 for her Miami Art Basel fundraising concert and new works from the latest collections, ‘Boulevard of Broken Dreams’ and ‘Action Dolls’ will be displayed which have never been exhibited before.

Image: Viktor&Rolf by Inez & Vinoodh, 2015

“After the success of our retrospective exhibition in Melbourne, we are proud that it will now be travelling to the Kunsthal Rotterdam. Apart from showing our work on the catwalk, we also enjoy presenting it as an exhibition. In this way, everyone can see it, not just that handful of people attending the shows in Paris.”

-Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren

‘Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists 25 Years’ is based on the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne exhibition, developed in collaboration with Viktor&Rolf and guest curator Thierry-Maxime Loriot.

Installation view of Viktor&Rolf: Fashion Artists at the National Gallery of Victoria. Photo: Wayne Taylor

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