Louis Vuitton’s Traveling Exhibition Comes to Singapore

“200 Trunks 200 Visionaries” celebrates our modern age and the man who turned luggage into a luxury good.

Artworks on display inside the main gallery space. (All photos courtesy of Louis Vuitton)

Visitors to Marina Bay this April will be treated to a special Louis Vuitton showcase housed inside a purpose-built structure outside the brand’s store at Marina Bay Sands. Initially created to mark the bicentennial of Louis Vuitton’s birthday last August, “200 Trunks 200 Visionaries: The Exhibition” takes its cues from the designer’s work in the 1850s, when he was appointed as the personal trunk-maker to French Empress Eugénie de Montijo. Flat-topped, stackable, and clad in waterproof canvas, his creations were revolutionary at a time when the market only had leather trunks with curved lids to prevent leakage. Nearly two centuries on, cases adorned with the checkerboard Damier motif developed by Louis’ son, Georges Vuitton, have become an enduring symbol of the French fashion house.

The jukebox trunk by British DJ Benji B.

Singapore is the first international stop on the exhibition’s global tour after its debut at the Louis Vuitton family house in Asnières, France. For the showcase, 200 high-profile figures and global brands have personalized the emblematic trunks with their own designs. Expect to see contributions by American architect Peter Marino, Korean boyband BTS, British stage designer Es Devlin, Marc Jacobs, French paralympic swimmer Théo Curin, and even Lego; each were given a blank canvas roughly matching the dimensions of the original Louis Vuitton trunk.

The experience takes you through a briefing room paneled in LED screens, and then a main warehouse-like gallery that fuses art and technology, juxtaposing original pieces with electronic “magic trunks” and a robot-trunk named Monsieur Louis. There’s also an interactive space centered on a trunk by BTS, with each of its seven members contributing one side. These have been reproduced on the walls to allow viewers to add their own personal touch. Not to be missed is the audio “speakeasy” featuring a 200-track jukebox trunk by British DJ and producer Benji B.

“200 Trunks 200 Visionaries: The Exhibition” will be held from April 4–27, 2022, and entry is free, though visitors must register ahead of time. Opening hours run from 6–10 p.m. on April 4 and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. thereafter. Registration can be done via ap.louisvuitton.com starting this Friday (April 1).

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