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Worn as an everyday garment by some and considered by others to be contrived or uncomfortable, the definition of the sari has multiple subjectivities. Conventionally an unstitched drape wrapped around the body, which can be draped in multiple ways, its unfixed form has enabled it to morph and be absorbent of cultural influences.
In recent years the sari has been reinvented. The urban youth who previously associated the sari with formal wear can now be found wearing saris and sneakers on their commutes to work. Designers are experimenting with hybrid forms such as sari gowns and dresses, pre-draped saris and innovative materials such as steel.
Today the sari manifests as a garment subject to transformation, an expression of identity and resistance, and a crafted object with layers of cultural meanings. This exhibition positions the sari as a designed object from these three perspectives.
Across nearly every medium Disney has touched, since the earliest days of animation, through innovations in live-action filmmaking, pioneering efforts in television, location-based entertainment and retail, and even gaming—one creative aspect of Disney has been seldom-recognized, but ever-present: that of costume design.
This exhibition explores nearly six decades of films produced by The Walt Disney Studios, Walt Disney Television, and Disney Theatrical Group, in an effort share with guests the level of craftsmanship and artistry required to produce every costume presented across stage and screen. Incorporating 79 costumes from 32 films, and representing 24 different designers worn by 71 different actors, Heroes & Villains: The Art of the Disney Costume exhibition will prove to be truly unique and magical experience for guests of all ages.
Throughout the history of film, costume jewelry and accessories have been relied upon to help bring characters to life. Details such as these are often overlooked by an audience, but are, in fact, exactly what make Disney characters unique and timeless. In this exhibition we will take a look at the beautifully designed crowns, tiaras, watches, rings, bracelets, and more that have helped support some of our favorite moments in history of The Walt Disney Company.
Aiming to reignite respect for our essential and complex biosphere, Our Time on Earth explores different ways of existing on Earth, particularly in the face of the climate crisis. Featuring 12 new collaborative commissions that include: A Biological Future for Fashion by BIOFABRICATE supported by Parley for the Oceans; The World Beneath Our Feet by Holition with George Monbiot; and the Sonic Waterfall by Silent Studios with Damon Albarn.
A journey through immersive, interactive installations and digital works, the exhibition is an exploration of radical ideas for the way we live. Where technology brings us closer to nature, and indigenous insight reconnects us to our roots. Enter the story of our future, with perspectives spanning art, science, activism and more.
This timely and unique exhibition encourages visitors to take an active role and leave feeling empowered to make positive change.
Supermodel and global fashion icon Claudia Schiffer takes visitors on a personal journey through the fashion industry of the 1990’s. A story told in her own voice with contributions from legendary fashion photographers, designers, editors and supermodels, whose energy and vision – like Claudia’s – captivated and shaped the decade.
CAPTIVATE! was successfully presented for the first time in the Kunstpalast in Düsseldorf/Germany.
The international touring of the exhibition is a cooperation project between the Kunstpalast and Expona.
Two-channel video installation, 33 mins
A long-form immersive poem in five parts, via sounds and colors, where the audience can congregate for introspection and self-reflection. Seeking Stillness is inspired by Carlo Rovelli’s “thermal time hypothesis,” the Rothko Chapel, and by the transcendental experience of the artist’s long winter runs. Some claim that art galleries are the new cathedrals: a place visited to unwind in the era of hyperconnectivity. From this exceptionally visceral experience emanates a pursuit of solace, a meditative and therapeutic moment.
The sea and seafaring have always been one of fashion’s greatest sources of inspiration. Through clothing, films, photos and interviews, the exhibition sheds light on how fashion to this day has hailed, borrowed and stolen from the maritime style and culture. The exhibition features a selection of young designers as well as a large number of the biggest names on the international fashion scene. The touring of the exhibition is a cooperation project between the M/S Maritime Museum in Denmark and Expona.
The Nature of Color reveals the many roles of color in the natural world, across human cultures, and in our personal lives.
Explore the science of color, how colors make us feel, the history of color production, and how plants and animals use color to help them survive and reproduce.
Presented as a large sewing workshop, this exhibition offers an opportunity to explore jeans, to discover their inside and outside, to understand their success, and to analyse what is at stake in today’s world.
Where do jeans come from?
Before being a garment, jeans are a fabric. Its story is as much the story of a fabric as it is the story of the words that designate it and that have traveled from Europe to America. Besides, our jeans are not made of jeans but of denim! This exhibition offers an entry in matter(s), where visitors will encounter a wall of buttocks, James Dean, doll clothes in denim, and a burst of jeans.
Jeans, a universal story
Dive into the wonderful adventure of jeans, from the Far West to the present day, with a selection of American jeans collectibles from the end of the 19th century to 1945 and a large audio-visual projection that associates jeans with the history of the 20th and 21st centuries through music, protest movements, and film icons.
Jeans, a technical garment
The industrial and technical world: we enter the world of clothing. From the cotton harvest to the finished product, all the steps in the manufacture of jeans are explained in detail and the fabric library allows you to explore the diversity of denim varieties.
Jeans and excess…
Over-consumption of water and pesticides in cotton farming, workers’ working conditions, over-production, and fast fashion … in an immersive projection space, a shock film sheds a disturbing light on the production and consumption of jeans.
What alternatives can enable us to buy ‘clean jeans’?
Culture and choice of fibres, dyeing techniques, production methods, ways of consumption… Presentation of initiatives, research, and innovations that exist to reduce the social and environmental impact of jeans.
Jeans and fashion
In this collective playground, you discover the world of fashion by choosing an outfit and by taking part in a real fashion show on the big screen. Pieces by couturiers and young designers reveal today’s denim trends.
The exhibition ‘Islam, it’s also our history!’ is a civilization exhibition which gives an insight into the legacy left by the Muslim civilization on European soil after 13 centuries of presence. It is therefore not an exhibition about the Islamic religion. Nor is it limited only to the presence of Islam in Europe today, even if, of course, this is included.
To help understand this Muslim presence on the European continent, we have grouped evidence of its impact into three legacies which cover very different historical periods and geographical zones even if, of course, overlaps and intersections sometimes occur.
The Arab legacy
The Muslim conquest of Spain which began in 711 led to eight centuries of Islamic presence in Western Europe. Its imprint in every sector of learning was to be deep and long-lasting.
The Ottoman legacy
From the 14th century onwards, the Ottoman conquest of the Balkans divided Europe into a Christian Europe in which there were virtually no Muslims, and an Ottoman Europe dominated by Muslim rule but mainly populated by Christians.
The colonial legacy
In the 19th century and the early 20th century, the Ottoman Empire was shrinking on all sides, replaced by the European powers. But it would soon be the turn of the latter to be forced to step aside faced with the desire for independence of the indigenous populations. The decolonization of these people groups that were often Muslim would also leave its mark on Europe as well.
A section dedicated to the contemporary period has also been added to these three legacies.