Vik Muniz, ‘Peau D'ane Gown, 2013.  Installation view, Palais de Tokyo, Paris.  ART CAPSUL created by Stacy Engman exhibition, July 2013.  Haute Couture.’, ART CAPSUL
Vik Muniz, ‘Peau D'ane Gown, 2013.  Installation view, Palais de Tokyo, Paris.  ART CAPSUL created by Stacy Engman exhibition, July 2013.  Haute Couture.’, ART CAPSUL
Vik Muniz, ‘Peau D'ane Gown, 2013.  Installation view, Palais de Tokyo, Paris.  ART CAPSUL created by Stacy Engman exhibition, July 2013.  Haute Couture.’, ART CAPSUL
Vik Muniz, ‘Peau D'ane Gown, 2013.  Installation view, Palais de Tokyo, Paris.  ART CAPSUL created by Stacy Engman exhibition, July 2013.  Haute Couture.’, ART CAPSUL
Vik Muniz, ‘Peau D'ane Gown, 2013.  Installation view, Palais de Tokyo, Paris.  ART CAPSUL created by Stacy Engman exhibition, July 2013.  Haute Couture.’, ART CAPSUL
Vik Muniz, ‘Peau D'ane Gown, 2013.  Installation view, Palais de Tokyo, Paris.  ART CAPSUL created by Stacy Engman exhibition, July 2013.  Haute Couture.’, ART CAPSUL
Vik Muniz, ‘Peau D'ane Gown, 2013.  Installation view, Palais de Tokyo, Paris.  ART CAPSUL created by Stacy Engman exhibition, July 2013.  Haute Couture.’, ART CAPSUL
Vik Muniz, ‘Peau D'ane Gown, 2013.  Installation view, Palais de Tokyo, Paris.  ART CAPSUL created by Stacy Engman exhibition, July 2013.  Haute Couture.’, ART CAPSUL
Vik Muniz, ‘Peau D'ane Gown, 2013.  Installation view, Palais de Tokyo, Paris.  ART CAPSUL created by Stacy Engman exhibition, July 2013.  Haute Couture.’, ART CAPSUL

Muniz explored his most recent series Pictures of Magazines for ART CAPSUL. Continuing his exploration of unique image configuration by combining cutouts culled from fashion and news magazines, art historical paintings and iconic landscapes are re-created through his unique pastiche and assemblage approach. For the garment's shape, Muniz referenced the 1970 cult film "Donkey Skin" (Peau d'Ane), starring Catherine Deneuve- the much beloved story about a princess who conceives of impossibly beautiful gowns only to have them realized to her own astonishment. Muniz's floor-length gown depicts a high resolution print of his floral scene with hummingbirds onto duchess satin, with an applique technique that recounts his Pictures of Magazines series by layering cutouts of the same fabric on top of the gown's entire surface.

Brazilian-born artist Vik Muniz explores nontraditional materials in his artwork and has featured a range of compositions utilizing everything from chocolate syrup to diamonds and caviar- meticulously stylized by the artist to form unique compositions, which he then photographs as the final artwork. The compositions form a range of iconic imagery- with past works including recognizable scenes and faces from popular culture such as Elizabeth Taylor, to classic history paintings, such as Caravaggio's Narcissus.

About Vik Muniz

Photographer and mixed-media artist Vik Muniz is best known for repurposing everyday materials for intricate and heavily layered recreations of canonical artworks. Muniz works in a range of media, from trash to peanut butter and jelly, the latter used to recreate Andy Warhol’s famous Double Mona Lisa (1963) that was in turn an appropriation of Da Vinci’s original. Layered appropriation is a consistent theme in Muniz’s work: in 2008, he undertook a large-scale project in Brazil, photographing trash-pickers as figures from emblematic paintings, such as Jacques-Louis David’s Neoclassical Death of Marat, and then recreating the photographs in large-scale arrangements of trash. The project was documented in the 2010 film Waste Land in an attempt to raise awareness for urban poverty. Muniz explained the work as a “step away from the realm of fine art,” wanting instead to “change the lives of people with the same materials they deal with every day.”

Brazilian, b. 1961, São Paulo, Brazil, based in New York & Rio de Janeiro