The Gucci Exhibition You Can’t Miss

No Longer/Not Yet is a fascinating peek into creative director Alessandro Michele’s worldview

Mr Time by Rachel Feinstein, American sculptor
23 Oct 2015

Mr Time by Rachel Feinstein, American sculptor

Pills, wine, and a ticking clock on a figure in a top hat: Mr Time is a whimsical sculpture that addresses our mortality and what we do to hasten or delay that process. It was created from a drawing done by Feinstein’s son after he was diagnosed with diabetes.

Behind the scenes by Nigel Shafran, British photographer
23 Oct 2015

Behind the scenes by Nigel Shafran, British photographer

Acclaimed lensman Shafran documents the run-up to Gucci’s Fall/Winter 2015 women’s show. Focussing less on the fashion and more on the artisans and their craft, his photos form the backdrop for exhibits of the collection’s key accessories and the techniques used in the ready-to-wear, such as embellishments.

Portraits by Unskilled Worker, British artist
23 Oct 2015

Portraits by Unskilled Worker, British artist

A scarlet room filled with 35 paintings of every model (and every look) in Gucci’s Fall/Winter 2015 collection — plus portraits of Michele and a few other characters that this British Instagram sensation created. Unskilled Worker is Helen Downie, who started painting two years ago after she was cleared of breast cancer. She shot to fame when photographer Nick Knight worked with her. 

“Street style” by Glen Luchford, British photographer
23 Oct 2015

“Street style” by Glen Luchford, British photographer

Luchford, who has shot Gucci’s past three ad campaigns, takes the Fall/Winter collection to the streets. The photographs, outtakes from Gucci’s Fall/Winter campaign, are blown up into wall-sized murals in a room decorated with seats, much like a subway station waiting area. 

Gucci Tian by Alessandro Michele
23 Oct 2015

Gucci Tian by Alessandro Michele

Mirrored floors (watch your step!) in a room lined with 1800s-inspired Gucci Tian wallpaper anchor a room with a reproduction of the Renaissance-era The Boy in Red, one of Michele’s favourite paintings. Neon tubes around the portrait lend a playful contemporary touch.

Rumba 2, by Chinese multi-media artist Cao Fei
23 Oct 2015

Rumba 2, by Chinese multi-media artist Cao Fei

Inspired by the rapid urbanisation currently happening in  China, visitors are led into a spacious carpeted room where a film of robot vacuum cleaners sucking up debris and everything in their path is on a constant loop, juxtaposed with real robot vacuum cleaners moving around aimlessly. One features a rooster sitting on top, representing the natural world. 

Mindfile Storage Unit & The Origin of the Universe Is the Source of Light or Dark, by Li Shurui
23 Oct 2015

Mindfile Storage Unit & The Origin of the Universe Is the Source of Light or Dark, by Li Shurui

Li’s work taps into parts of the brain where memory and perception meet. In a darkened room, shades of grey and black are at play in fuzzy paintings.

First, the name: No Longer/Not Yet. What does it really mean? For Gucci creative director Alessandro Michele, it’s the concept of “newness”, of what’s contemporary in the social media age. It’s a continuation of the question, “What does contemporary mean?”, that he explored at his debut Fall 2015 show.

Seven artists, curated by Michele and Love magazine’s Katie Grand, attempt to address this in the exhibition which opened last Friday in Shanghai’s Minsheng Art Museum. Here’s a sneak peek.

No Longer/Not Yet runs from 17 October to 16 December at Minsheng Art Museum, Building F, 570, West Huaihai, Shanghai. 

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