Hermes @ Saatchi

There have been at least four Hermes exhibitions since I started Gallery Girl (less than four years ago). You would think that the prestigious French fashion house, famed for it’s luxury accessories, would have tired of displaying their wares in an art environment in London. However, less than a year after their display at the Saatchi Gallery last May, they have returned to Chelsea for yet another extravagant display of their finery.

Unlike last year’s exhibition, which focused on illustrating the high level of craftsmanship that contributes to the Hermes wares and included craftsmen and women who work for the brand, this year’s show was a little different. The exhibition is titled ‘Hermes Wanderland’ and transports the viewer to another world – one that seems to have been highly influenced by the surrealists.

The display, which has been set in Paris and embodies the spirit of the ‘flaneur’ consists of eleven rooms and has 4,000 Hermes items on show. The exhibition is inconsistent, but in a good way. Each room is different, meaning that the viewer is constantly in a state of enforced ‘wander.’ One minute you find yourself in a bright and light room, then you find yourself walking through a white wardrobe and you land not in Narnia, but in a space of complete darkness.

The exhibition is not aimed just at women. In fact, the handbags and scarves that Hermes is most famous for appear to have taken a backseat in favour of walking sticks, pocket watches and umbrellas. These are displayed in such settings as isolated bars and cafes, as well as shop windows that have been filled with giant elephants, porcelain and china.

The show is a delight and must be enjoyed before it wanders elsewhere!

Hermes Wanderland is on display at Saatchi Gallery until 2 May and will then be relocated to Paris and Milan

Posted by

Lizzy Vartanian Collier is a London-based writer and curator. She is the founder of Gallery Girl - a London-based curatorial platform and website dedicated to modern and contemporary art from across the globe. Her work is primarily focused on supporting emerging female artists from the Middle East and the Caucasus. She has written for Canvas Magazine, Harper's Bazaar Arabia, Ibraaz, Jdeed Magazine, Suitcase and Vice Arabia among other publications. Her exhibitions in London and Armenia have been featured in Vogue Arabia, The Art Newspaper, The Art Gorgeous and numerous other news outlets. Gallery Girl has also spoken in the UK, UAE and Belgium about the contemporary art scene in the MENA region, and is planning further events in London and Amman.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s