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Hors Les Murs

Courtesy of the artist and Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris Photo credits: © Kwa Yong Lee / Louis Vuitton

From 30.06.2023 to 08.10.2023
Espace Louis Vuitton Séoul
454 Apgujeong-ro, Gangnam-gu
Seoul 06015 Korea
T. +82 2 3432 1854
Monday to Sunday from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m.
12 a.m. - 7 p.m.

The Espace Louis Vuitton Seoul proudly invites you to discover the oeuvre of iconic American artist Cindy Sherman. The works specifically selected for this show all belong to the Collection and are presented within the framework of the Fondation Louis Vuitton “Hors-les-murs” programme.

A mysterious icon, Cindy Sherman undergoes a metamorphosis with each of her masked portraits. She might portray herself as a young Hollywood cinema star (Untitled Film Stills, 1977-1980), a historical figure in the work of an old master (History Portraits, 1989-1990), a clown (Clown, 2003-2004), or a man (Men, 2019-2020). Often turning her eyes to the viewer as she poses for her camera, Sherman invites us to join her in the quest for her identity. In a cross between reality and fantasy, her portraits interweave free expression and dreams, developing over the course of her career from the beauty and timelessness of black-and-white to the vibrancy of colour. From the beginning, she established a protocol that still remains unchanged today: she turns the camera on herself, showcasing her talents as an actress, costume designer, model, technician, lighting engineer, special effects coordinator, props person, photo retoucher and all-around artist.

Sherman constructs her own characters, deeply entrenched in one of her principal sources of inspiration, cinematographic aesthetics. Her diverse works explore a number of themes, including the cult of celebrity that so intrigued Warhol and the self-representation modes specific to the world of fashion. She also questions female and male archetypes – particularly through transvestism, social identity, and the redefinition of the self. Besides the cinema, a number of sources – art history, fantasy literature, transgender culture and her own imagination – enable her to deconstruct the diverse faces of femininity. 

Courtesy of the artist and Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris Photo credits: © Kwa Yong Lee / Louis Vuitton

In her most recent developments (Men), she creates new works using her own filtered Instagram selfies, eventually executing tapestries of her portraits. Her works question personal and collective memory and blur the lines between truth and deception. Nothing is static in Sherman’s vast human comedy. Her exhaustive, multi-faceted art has been fascinating viewers since the beginning of her career in the 1970s. The symbolic depth of her images, the diversity of her registers, her inscrutability, and the private, self-reliant nature of her production all contribute to her success. Sherman’s photographic approach stakes its claim in both the 20th and 21st centuries as the art of involving the viewer’s participation. After the great success of On Stage at the Espace Louis Vuitton Beijing, this exhibition pays tribute to a career that spans over five decades, presenting in Seoul a brand new and various selection from her first series to the most recent photo portraits.

Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman was born in 1954 in Glen Ridge, New Jersey, and lives and works in New York. Considered one of the most influential artists of her generation, she came to prominence in the late 1970s with a group of artists known as the Pictures Generation.

Her 2012 retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, traveled to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; and the Dallas Museum of Art. Additional recent exhibitions include Fosun Foundation, Shanghai; the inaugural exhibition at the Broad Museum, Los Angeles; Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, Australia; and Astrup Fearnley Museum, Oslo.

Sherman has participated in four Venice Biennales, co-curating a section at the 55th exhibition in 2013. Additionally, her work has been included in five iterations of the Whitney Biennial, two Biennales of Sydney, and the 1983 Documenta. She is the recipient of the 2020 Wolf Prize in Arts and has also been awarded the Praemium Imperiale, an American Academy of Arts and Letters Award, and a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.