“I don’t like the idea of being a celebrity. Anonymity is very important ». These are the words of Martin Margiela, mysterious and legendary figure of the fashion system, in the teaser of the latest documentary that sees him as the protagonist. An elusive icon and – perhaps also for this reason – acclaimed, the Belgian designer left fashion and his brand Maison Margiela in 2009, leaving all his supporters speechless. However, the designer is about to return to the scene as an artist: new creations, therefore, which however do not have nothing to do with the catwalks.
Martin Margiela’s debut in the world of contemporary art will take place during the FIAC art fair in Paris, one of the most renowned in the sector, to be held from 21 to 24 October in the spectacular location of the Grand Palais. However, his works will be on display at the Lafayette Anticipations on October 20, represented by the Zeno X gallery in Antwerp, with which the designer has placed his roots in this new creative dimension. In fact, in the last decade, Martin Margiela privately shifted his focus from avant-garde fashion to making art, announcing that he is ready to present his work to the public: “Very early in my life I became obsessed with fashion and developed my vision by presenting it in the most conceptual way possible” he said to Artnet in a note. “After many years, the human body as the only medium felt too tight and the system became suffocating.”
The artist then stated that he needed one “Broader spectrum” to express oneself creatively, in total freedom, rediscovering his own origins as an art school student. The Zeno X gallery will also present three sculptural pieces by Martin Margiela at the art fair, in parallel with his exhibition, with prices between 10,000 and 60,000 euros. At Lafayette Anticipations, on the other hand, more than 40 unpublished works of art will be brought together: a perfect prelude to the designer’s first solo exhibition, which will be inaugurated in Belgium in the spring of 2022.
In full, very confidential, Margiela style, no detail has yet been revealed, except there great variety of works, ranging from painting to installation, passing through cinema and sculpture. Although his adventure as a contemporary artist is relatively recent, Martin Margiela is not totally foreign to the museum world: during his career as a fashion designer, in fact, many of his projects have been exhibited in various museums such as the Haus der Kunst in Munich, the LACMA in Los Angeles and BOZAR in Brussels. Now, however, the time has come enjoy pure creation, without borders.