Martin Margiela became a legendary designer, treating the human body as something like a canvas for challenging, shiny clothes. He now cuts out the middleman and goes straight to the canvas itself, announcing that his artwork will now be presented exclusively by the Antwerp-based Zeno X Gallery.
After retiring as creative director of his family house in 2008, Maison founder Margiela focused on creating art and will present his first collection of works of art in a solo exhibition at Lafayette Anticipations during the International Contemporary Art Fair. next month, or FAIC, in Paris.
“After many years, the human body as my only environment felt too cramped and the system was suffocating,” Margiela said in a rare statement to Artnet. “I needed a wider range with complete freedom of creative expression and rediscovered my roots as a little boy in an art school, enjoying a pure creation without borders. Today I am proud to see my work recognized. “
The Belgian designer and artist has long been a mysterious figure in the fashion world, mostly escaping public view even during his tenure at Maison Margiela, which has been under the creative guidance of John Galliano since 2014. For all his influence, little photos even exist for him on the internet. “I knew I could give more if I felt protected,” Margiela said in the appropriate documentary title. Martin Margiela: In his own words, which was released last year. Of course, his tendency to “give more” will also apply to his art: the upcoming show, which will include more than 40 unprecedented works, will cover the media, from painting and sculpture to film and installation.