1912-2012: CHRONICLES OF A CREATIVE ITINERARY
The exhibition 1912-2012: Chronicles of a Creative Itinerary is created to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Galeries Lafayette's monumental 'Cupola' -the icon their store at Boulevard Hausmann in Paris is famous for. It tells the story of one hundred years of creative engagement to culture and shopping by highlighting several remarkable happenings that took place under the iconic dome, erected in 1912 by the architect Ferdinand Chanut and the glass artist Jacques Gruber.
By delving deeply into the archives of Galeries Lafayette, the story of the changes experienced by this famous department store is pieced together. In retrospect we could define several chapters that represent periods of 'business strategy', that have influenced the identity and activities of Galeries Lafayette in the past. The chronology of this story is clearly connected to the chronology of the history of France.
Hundred years of fashion, sourced from an extensive archive of Galeries Lafayettes catalogue covers.
A selection of magazine ads and billboards. Messages that define the character and intent of Galeries Lafayette throughout the years.
Selection of archival material showing hidden treasures and the stories they tell.
A miniature ghost of the 'Grand Escalier' which is deeply inscribed in the memories of the stores history.
Ads and press articles vis-a-vis the articles they appeared next to. Displaying 'new' and 'news'.
The history of the department store related to the history of France with its socio-economic changes, and the history of art, fashion and design.
Various reports and documentaries about how Galeries Lafayette has been, and still is, a backdrop for historical events.
The place to view and read about impressive collaborations with artists and designers.
Team: Rebecca Bego, Boudewien van den Berg, Paul Cournet, Fausto Fantinuoli, Maria Finders, Alice Grégoire, Ippolito Pestellini Laparelli, Rem Koolhaas, Courtney Song, Elisabeth Stoney, Lucia Venturini, James Westcott