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Louis Vuitton Elevates its Art with Gehry-Designed Museum Opening

Posted by Mark J. Miller on October 24, 2014 11:14 AM

Louis Vuitton can't get enough of architect Frank Gehry. The 85-year-old just designed a bag for the company’s high-end “Six Iconoclasts, One Icon” collection. Now, the art center in Paris he designed for the luxury fashion brand's parent company will open to the public on October 27, following a VIP preview that saw LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault take the prime minister of France and other dignitaries on a private tour.

The Independent calls Gehry’s new Fondation Louis Vuitton in the Jardin d'Acclimatation, which will house LVMH’s massive art collection and sits on public land, as being “crazy and tender.” The paper goes on to note that this is “biggest privately funded arts project in Paris for decades.” The Guardian reports that the building took ten years to create, with 3,000 workers and mroe than 100 engineers, and is set to become the possession of Paris in 2062.Continue reading...

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Whitney Museum Move Inspires Flexible Logo Redesign

Posted by Mark J. Miller on May 22, 2013 11:36 AM

New York’s Whitney Museum of American Art is taking its collection of more than 19,000 items for a ride downtown in two years as it moves from its current location to a new Renzo Piano-designed building right at the southern end of the High Line. With the move, museum execs saw the opportunity to also change up the museum's 13-year-old blocky logo.

Maybe to avoid too much change at once (or so it can be sure to have all the new stationery in place before the new building’s opening), the Whitney unveiled its new logo and visual identity system this week. It consists of a very simple W that Amerstam-based design firm Experimental Jetset apparently sees a lot of symbolism in.Continue reading...

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Take a Virtual Tour of the Louis Vuitton - Marc Jacobs Exhibition in Paris

Posted by Shirley Brady on March 16, 2012 01:55 PM

Above, watch a guided tour through the "Louis Vuitton - Marc Jacobs" exhibition that opened during Paris Fashion Week and runs through September 16th.

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Need a Creative Snack? Get Dotty!

Posted by Michael Waltzer on January 4, 2012 03:07 PM

Need a bit of creative inspiration? Check out this collaborative art installation in Australian, the work of Japanese artist Yayoi Kasumana (who's fascinated with dots) and thousands of children, currently on show in Australia at the Gallery of Modern Art at the Queensland Art Gallery.

Titled "The Obliteration Room," it's up through March 11th. The space, designed to engage children and inspire their creativity, started out as an Australian domestic environment painted completely white to serve as canvas ... before being transformed by thousands of youngsters and other gallery visitors and colorful sticker dots into a wildly fun, dotty room.

Instead of the usual "hands off!" caution to kids visiting art spaces, they were the creators in charge of transforming the space, as you can see below.Continue reading...

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Smithsonian's New Brand Positioning: "Seriously Amazing"

Posted by Mark J. Miller on December 21, 2011 10:01 AM

The Smithsonian Institute is 165 years old and isn’t hurting for visitors: 30 million people come calling annually.

Even so, the organization's executive team was dismayed to learn that that “its recognition had dropped to 77 percent for 18-to-24-year-olds, and that 25 percent of respondents think that the Smithsonian is ‘elitist,’” the Washington Post reports. Too many people were thinking of the place as America’s attic, and a confusing one at that. As its Twitter bio reads, "We're not a museum. We're 19 of them! Plus 9 research centers & the National Zoo."

Time for a brand refresh. The Smithsonian set aside $1 million to come up with a branding campaign that G. Wayne Clough, the Secretary of the Smithsonian, hopes will show that the Institute's diverse programming and educational activities represents a “conversation, not a lecture,” the Post notes.Continue reading...

Guggenheim Puts A Piece Of Itself Into "Restoration Rocks" Jewels

Posted by Sara Zucker on October 9, 2009 12:54 PM

Anyone who has ever visited a tourist destination can recall a time when they took home something, legally or illegally, to remember their trip. For its 50th anniversary, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum has released a limited edition line of “Restoration Rocks” jewelry, specially made from lightweight concrete and Gunite remnants of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed building.

The collection, which consists of nine designs including earrings, pendants, bracelets, a ring, and cufflinks, was designed by California-based jewelry artist Cara Tilker, and will be distributed exclusively at the museum’s retail store and website, with prices starting at $80.Continue reading...

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