Hyperobjects

Discover a pheonmenal exhibition celebrating the collaboration between Gucci and Icelandic musician Björk which recently opened in the Gucci Garden museum in Florence.

Gucci Garden has switched its conventional museum space and converted it into a living and breathing collaborative art space. With two new rooms, an installation from the collaboration between Gucci and Björk is now up for viewing at the venue. An extension to the Gucci Garden Galleria, the exhibition space is home to the permanent collection which was brought to life by Gucci Creative Director Alessandro Michele along with curator and critic Maria Luisa Frisa.

‘Hyperobjects’ is the result of a collaboration between Björk and Alessandro Michele for the artist’s music video ‘The Gate’. At the centre of the performance is the luminescent dress that was the paradigm of the video. Part of the enigma of the dress is the way it translates the lyrics of the song, making it lifelike.

Close to being amorphous, the exhibition space is open to letting all the focus to be centred on the glorious dress, which took 550 hours to complete, aside from the 320 hours for its embroidery alone. The dress is a complex combination first, five metres of finely pleated iridescent PVC, and second, 20 metres of pleated lurex organza, crêpe de chine and silk jersey. Aside from the centrepiece, other objects are linked to the imaginations of Björk’s two personas in the video.

A second gown crafted in organza and tulle is also showcased in the space, along with a selection of books connected to the imaginary world represented in the video and a range of accessories sported by Björk. These include two masks created by artist James Merry and footwear designed by Michele, such as iridescent leather ankle boots with removable platforms and ballerina flats in silver leather.

To complete the tribute, curator Maria Luisa Frisa selected a range of books, catalogues and magazines about Björk and Iceland to be sold in the Gucci Garden boutique.

“Hyperobjects” is now on exhibition at the Gucci Garden Galleria in Florence, open daily from 10 am to 11.30 pm.

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