Historically, Louis Vuitton trunks have been home to any number of artistic and cultural ephemera. An errant lipstick, souvenirs from a faraway land, bespoke perfumes, telephone numbers of important dignitaries scrawled on paper napkins and laid to rest in a side compartment. This year, at the Grand Palais Éphémère for Paris+ par Art Basel 2023, the paradigmatic Louis Vuitton trunk will hold more than just collections of souvenirs and sumptuous clothing: from October 20-22nd, the iconic Maison’s life-sized trunk-inspired booth will showcase an exhibition of curated collaborations and works by world renowned artists among the likes of Damien Hirst, Takashi Murakami, and Stephen Sprouse.
With an exterior inspired by the Copper Malle Courrier by Pharrell Williams and an interior featuring the ever-recognizable malletage motif featured on Louis Vuitton trunks since the brand’s inception in 1854, the booth will house bags and canvas by Murakamu, trunks by Hirst, and a Monogram Alma bag by Sprouse. Alongside the items will be paintings by Richard Prince, and a special AI data painting by Refik Anadol. Also at the booth will be a portrait of the young Louis Vuitton done by Yan Pei-Ming, alongside seven new Yayoi Kusama works, each entitled “Every Day I Pray for Love.” The Maison will also reveal five new additions to its Artycapucines Collection at this year’s event: those by Ewa Juszkiewicz, Liza Lou, Tursic & Mille, Ziping Wang, and Billie Zangewa.
Following the Maison’s presence at the inaugural Paris+ par Art Basel, Louis Vuitton has become a Global Associate Partner of Art Basel, and will add the show as a stop on it's Contemporary Art “flânerie” – or stroll route – on the Louis Vuitton City Guide app.