“Figures of Speech” at the Brooklyn Museum until the 29th of January, 2023

[On the cover: Installation view, Virgil Abloh: “Figures of Speech”, Brooklyn Museum, 1st July, 2022 – 29th January, 2023. (Photo: Danny Perez, Brooklyn Museum)]

Since the beginning of his career, the visionary artist and designer Virgil Abloh, who passed away in 2021, revised and reshaped the perception of the role of fashion, art, and design in contemporary culture. The “Figures of Speech” exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum in New York, open until the 29th of January, 2023, is the first museum appointment dedicated to the designer’s work. Two decades of fashion are in the spotlight, including collaborations with artists Takashi Murakami and Arthur Jafa, and photographer Juergen Teller, clothes from his Off-White brand and pieces from the Louis Vuitton house of which he was the first artistic director of colour for the men’s collections. A sculpture-installation is also exhibited, emblematic of his background in architecture. Figures of Speech therefore traces the designer’s exploration of the communicative power of design. He uses his “black” talent to question the structures created by “whites” in fashion, art and architecture, reconstructing a new horizon filtered by his own cultural experience.