Shanghai K11 Art Mall and K11 Art Foundation introduce a ground-breaking Vivienne Westwood show titled “GET A LIFE”: a fusion of fashion and art, through the lens of activism. The exhibition, co-curated by K11 and Westwood and her team, at the 3,000-sqm chi K11 art museum, traverses six themes from cutting edge fashion to environmental advocacy, and invites contemporary Chinese artists to respond to the icon’s work and vision within the same space. This merging of subject matter and creative disciplines is pioneering for China. The exhibition is open to the public from 20 December 2016 – 28 February 2017. Vivienne Westwood has always used her collections and catwalk shows as a platform to campaign for positive activism. She has spent many years tirelessly speaking out about the effects of climate change and over consumption, and has mobilised international attention around ecological crusading. The exhibition, “GET A LIFE”, was curated to explore Westwood’s role as both an iconic designer and activist. On display are looks from Westwood’s latest campaigns as well as important archive collections including “Save The Rainforest” and “Mirror The World”.
As visitors journey through the six themes, they will come across Westwood’s various ecological philosophies presented through hand-drawn graphics, high profile campaigns such as Greenpeace “Save The Arctic”, which features a series of 60 star-studded photographs that were showcased in London’s Waterloo underground station in 2015, fashion film, photography, archive prints and illustrations. All will be displayed to showcase Vivienne Westwood’s ability to fuse fashion and social commentary, as well as K11’s commitment to bringing fashion and art to the public. The installation will thus pose questions and prompt debates: can fashion be the vehicle that changes our environment? How will Westwood’s inspiring journeys in design, art and activism, in turn, motivate China and the rest of the world?
In response to the theme, and furthering K11 Art Foundation’s commitment to incubating emerging talent in Greater China, the sixth theme will feature artwork of seven Chinese artists and an artist group, including Sun Xun, Wu Junyong, Zhang Ruyi, Yu Honglei, Wang Congyi, Nathan Zhou and Zhu Xi. Curator of the show is Song Zhenxi, who titled it “Monument of the Peach Blossom Valley” as a tribute to the eponymous Chinese poem, a dream-like recount of the chance discovery of a utopia untouched by humans. It echoes and underscores Westwood’s message of climate change, challenging viewers’ definition of people, nature and society. “GET A LIFE” is Shanghai K11’s second major cross-disciplinary exhibition this year and follows “Bagism” – which delved into the 400-year history of the bag and exhibited over 300 bags. Fifteen Chinese contemporary artists participated in “Bagism”, which was held between July and October 2016. It attracted over 100,000 visitors and hosted 275 guided educational tours for the public.
“Vivienne Westwood - GET A LIFE”
20 December 2016 to 28 February 2017
10am to 8pm from Friday to Tuesday (last entrance at 7:30pm)
10am to 6pm on Wednesday and Thursday (last entrance at 5pm)
chi K11 art museum
(B3, K11 Art Mall, Huaihai M Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai)