Louis Vuitton will exhibit ArtyCapucines handbags designed by Korean artist Park Seo-bo at the Louis Vuitton Maison Seoul in Cheongdam-dong, in southern Seoul’s Gangnam District, from Tuesday to Nov. 24, the luxury fashion house said Monday.
Ninety-year-old Park is dubbed the maestro of dansaekhwa, or Korean monochrome painting.
Louis Vuitton has been collaborating with modern artists around the world to create limited-edition ArtyCapucines since 2019. Park is the first Korean artist to participate in the project.
Park’s ArtyCapucines are inspired by one of his most notable works, the myobeop (the Korean word for an excellent method) series. Since the mid-’90s, the beginning of the late-ecriture period, Park removed any traces of the human hand from his works. Instead, he has been using sticks, rulers and other tools to create furrow-like spaces at regular intervals while applying deeper, richer colors.
The new handbag collection specifically took inspiration from a 2016 piece from the myobeop series. In order to recreate the unique texture on handbags, the luxury fashion house applied brushwork effects on carp leather and employed a three-dimensional rubber injection process.
The pocket inside the bag has Park’s signature printed on it, recreating the back of an artwork by Park.
The handle consists of a metal frame and walnut wood. Beneath the bag are studs inspired by screws that Park has used for his artworks for a long time.
“The moment I saw ArtyCapucines that were wearing [my] artwork, I could feel the artisan spirit of Louis Vuitton right away,” said Park. “ArtyCapucines is an ideal example of how art can coexist with the general public in everyday life.”
The exhibition in Cheongdam-dong includes three works by Park from his myobeop series. It will also display this year’s ArtyCapucines designs by renowned artists such as Daniel Buren, Ugo Rondinone, Peter Marino, Kennedy Yanko and Amélie Bertrand.
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