Recollection Quartett Exhibition
For the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin, MoMu, the Fashion Museum in Antwerp and Mercedes-Benz, invited Belgian art director Frederik
Heyman and 4 fashion designers with exceptional signatures and outspoke styles – Bernhard Willhelm, Peter Pilotto, Henrik Vibskov and Mikio
Sakabe - to create 4 installations.
At the heart of each installation stands a Mercedes Benz Young Classics. From these cars from the 1960s, 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, 4 cars were
selected that today have an undisputed cult status: W115, S123, R107 and C126. Not only the intrinsic qualities of the cars themselves, but also
the widely diverse people happy to be amongst their proud owners have shaped how we think about these vehicles. Today our memories of these
cars merge with our continually changing perception of luxury, craftsmanship, and functionality, and form exquisite material for fashion designers.
Fashion only exists by the grace of our perpetual reinvention of the past, our rethinking of bygone style and fashion trends and our translation of
these for the women and men of today. In their designs, we asked the designers to reflect on how the Young Classics can still inspire us today and to interpret the widely varying connotations associated with these cars into a contemporary context.
For each Young Classics, photographer and artist Frederik Heyman created a unique decor and used it only once in a photographic illustration.
The design of tableaux and their photographic reproduction are central to Heyman’s oeuvre. Humour and a surrealist visual vocabulary are an
intrinsic part of his artistic signature. His decors are built completely by hand, in collaboration with a team of sculptors and artists. In the final
results, the handcraft, the construction and consequently also quality craftsmanship are always clearly traceable. Fashion designers Bernhard
Willhelm, Peter Pilotto, Henrik Vibskov and Mikio Sakabe have added their own visions to the installations with each 3 new looks.
Recollection Quartett, Mercedes-Benz Young Classics Revisited by Frederik Heyman
From 19th to 23rd of January 2011, 12h to 20h except Friday the 21st from 12h to 17h at Bühnenservice – Stiftung Oper Berlin Zinnowitzer Straße, Ecke Nordbahnhof, 10115 Berlin