ON MAY 4, 2017, LOUIS VUITTON LAUNCHES THREE NEW TITLES WITHIN ITS TRAVEL BOOK COLLECTION ILLUSTRATED BY ARTISTS FROM ALL AROUND THE WORLD. COMIC BOOK ARTIST ESAD RIBIĆ DRAWS THE HAWAIIAN ISLANDS IN A VIGOROUS AND REALISTIC STYLE; WHILE NICOLAS DE CRÉCY DEPICTS MEXICO AS A BAROQUE, FEVERISH COUNTRY, FILLED WITH POETRY; AND FINALLY EBOY, PIONEERS OF PIXEL ART, GETS TO THE VERY SOUL OF TOKYO. EXHIBITIONS OF THE ORIGINAL DRAWINGS WILL COINCIDE WITH THE LAUNCH OF THESE BOOKS WORLDWIDE. NICOLAS DE CRÉCY’S ORIGINAL DRAWINGS FROM THE TRAVEL BOOK “MEXICO” WILL BE PRESENTED AT MEXICO CITY’S MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEXT AUTUMN.
The Louis Vuitton Travel Book collection is an invitation to real and virtual voyages, enriched by intellectual stimulation and poignant moments. In its pages, the illustrations of renowned artists and promising young talents tell the stories of the cities and countries they have visited, depicting each place’s varied architecture and special light, and recording the passing days and the lives of its people. Heirs of the Louis Vuitton Carnets de Voyage collection, which for nearly twenty years captured the urban adventures of a few illustrators and watercolourists, the Travel Books offer a new, contemporary vision of travel, exploring both remote wildernesses and cities that never sleep. Each artist explores a country previously unknown to them. They confront an unfamiliar place with a viewpoint sharpened by the surprise of the unknown or stimulated by the pleasure of rediscovery. This vision of a place as a blank, unlined page inspires incisive commentaries that may be narrative, affectionate, satirical or picturesque.
Going beyond the pictorial vocation of these travel journals, the collection highlights the rich aesthetic horizons of art. The creative worlds on show are highly diverse: during their travels, these artists from various corners of the world were free to choose their mode of expression and communicated their views of other places through drawing, painting, collage, contemporary art, illustration, cartoons or manga. Some of the original works born from the journeys, whether figurative or more allusive, have been acquired by Louis Vuitton and will join the collection of contemporary art being put together by the company, enriching it with the diversity of viewpoints represented. For each new title, a limited edition of 30 copies numbered and signed by the artist will be available in selected Louis Vuitton stores. From may 2017, you will discover all artists’ interviews on louisvuitton.com and Louis Vuitton social networks.
Credit: LOUIS VUITTON MALLETIER/ ESAD RIBIC, NICOLAS DE CRECY, EBOY