Pursuing the Fondation Louis Vuitton’s mission of showcasing exclusive holdings of the Collection to a broader international public, the Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo presents Class War, Militant, Gateway, (1986) within the framework of the ongoing “Hors-les-murs” program. The Collection features a considerable ensemble of works by Gilbert & George dating from 1971 to 2019 that has been completed within pieces from their latest series.
A manifesto for a modern epic poem, Class War, Militant, Gateway was their first monumental piece, illustrating the individual’s adventure, from affiliation with a community to the emergence of a personal conscience and self-affirmation. As in most of their works, the images are arranged in a grid of black frames to form a frieze dominated by red, white, and blue.
The artists’ famous photo montages are rigorously composed according to precise rules: first black-and-white, then colorized, and their configuration in grid has often been compared to stained glass. The use of computer graphics, that they started in 2004, enabled them to produce increasingly sophisticated allegorical compositions.
Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo
Louis Vuitton Omotesando Bldg.
7F 5 7 5 Jingumae,
Shibuya ku, Tokyo 150 0001
Phone: +81 3 3515 0855 / 0120 00 1854
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