First launched in 2013, the Capucines bag has quickly become one of Louis Vuitton’s most beloved designs. Then in 2019 came the launch of the Artycapucines Collection, an inspired effort to collaborate with leading international artists. By providing them with a canvas, the collection brought the artists’ unique visions to life.
In its latest chapter of the Artycapucines Collection, Louis Vuitton joins hands with six more renowned contemporary artists from around the world.
Zeng Fanzhi: A blend of traditions through rich texture
Born in Wuhan in 1964, Zeng Fanzhi studied at Hubei Academy of Fine Arts. His work is now in the permanent collections of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris, and the National Art Museum of China, Beijing.
Zeng’s work is a unique synthesis of Chinese and Western traditions. Expressed through strong, richly textured brushwork, his paintings have often been concerned with studies on tactility, isolation and abstraction.
Zeng’s Capucines is based on a dramatic reinterpretation of a self-portrait by Vincent Van Gogh which he originally created in 2017. The complex design faithfully renders the artist’s highly worked brushstrokes and layering of paint in threads of 42 different colours, and over 700,000 embroidery stitches.
Gregor Hildebrant: Monochrome as a window to the past
Hildebrant uses vinyl records, along with audio and video tapes to create minimalist yet romantic collages, paintings, sculptures, and installations. His signature black-and-white monochrome aesthetic often invokes collective and personal memories with the viewers.
His penchant for music soon led him to establish his own record label, Grzegorki Records, in 2018. Hildebrant’s work is included in collections at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, and Yuz Museum, Shanghai.
The design for Hildebrant’s Capucines showcases his love of vinyl records and his trademark “rip-off” technique that uses magnetic dust from old recording tape to create striking black-and-white images.
Donna Huanca: Art and corporeality
With the deep interest in the possibilities of the body and skin as artistic media, Donna Huanca’s work encompasses what she calls ‘visceral experiences’. Her art installations often feature performers painted and dressed in armour-like garments, camouflaged by her large-scale, colourful and strikingly ‘alive’ paintings. Huanca uses this concept to explore empathy, perception, identity and fragmentation.
Huanca’s Capucines design is based on Cara de Fuego and MuyalJol, two paintings that look into interaction with the female body. Her work can be found worldwide, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Collection in New York, and Rubell Museum, Miami.
Vik Muniz: Another man’s treasure
Muniz often uses found materials, including chocolate, toys, magazines, scrap metal, soil, and pigments in his sculptures, photography and drawings, to recreate images from art history and popular culture. For his 2008 project, Pictures of Garbage, he produced large-scale versions of Picasso’s Ironing Woman and Jean-François Millet’s The Sower with household waste collected from Rio de Janeiro’s main dump.
Inspired by his 2019 series Quasi Tutto — delicate arrangements of small, fragile cut-out paper objects – Vik Muniz’s Capucines charms with its playfulness, beautiful textural layering, and exuberant trompe-l’œil effects.
Born in São Paulo in 1961, Muniz now lives in Brooklyn and Rio de Janeiro. His body of work can be found in the permanent collections of notable art institutions such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museu de Arte Moderna, São Paulo; and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.
Paola Pivi: A fun, playful twist to everyday things
Paola Pivi’s diverse and enigmatic oeuvre challenges audiences to see and consider the world anew. From espresso coffee cups to helicopters, and mattresses to grassy slopes, Pivi makes small alterations to commonly understood things and uses them in novel and playful ways, often through anthropomorphic gestures. You’d find life-sized and miniature polar bears practicing yoga and sprouting multicoloured feathers; zebras perched on snowy mountain peaks; and a leopard taking a graceful stroll among dozens of cappuccinos.
Pivi’s Capucines design is inspired by her 2007 work One Cup of Cappuccino Then I Go, with a striking leopard richly embroidered onto smooth leather, and overprinted to create a fur-like look and touch against the delicate gold-coloured lambskin for the cappuccinos.
Pivi now lives in Anchorage, Alaska. Her work has been shown at renowned international institutions including the Centre Pompidou, Paris; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Tate Modern, London; and MOMA PS1, New York.
Huang Yuxing: Bright, bold and bewitching
Huang Yuxing is a painter whose striking work brings together meticulous technique with bright, bold colours and fantastical visions. Based on the traditional Chinese gongbi painting, Huang dabbles in fluorescent hues (which he calls the “colours of our generation”) to create dazzling landscapes and abstract still-lifes, in which the brushstrokes themselves become the central character.
Based on a specially reworked version of his 2019 painting The Colossus Hidden Deep in the Hills, Huang’s Capucines design features a stylised landscape, with his signature oval shape, printed onto white-grey leather and embroidery to depict rainbow-like mountains.
Huang graduated from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, China in 2000. He has exhibited widely in China and internationally; adding solo shows in London, Paris, Brussels, Hong Kong, Taipei, Beijing, and Shanghai to his stripe.
The Louis Vuitton Artycapucines Collection is set to be released in stores worldwide at the end of October 2021. Each bag is available in just 200 pieces.
(All images: Louis Vuitton)
This story first appeared on Lifestyle Asia KL.