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Opening Reception: Friday, January 25 from 7-9 PM


The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), a global leader in art and design education, presents Copenhagen-based fashion designer Henrik Vibskov in his first artist residency in the United States. Through a collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and the IN>TIME performance festival, Vibskov will install as part of the residency “Henrik Vibskov : 0000 : State on State,” a multimedia exhibition including fashion, film and a massive paper installation at SAIC’s Sullivan Galleries, on view from February 7 through February 14, 2019.  

For the exhibition “Henrik Vibskov : 0000 : State on State,” Vibskov presents his most current experiments in clothing and performance. He will show four voluminous and sculptural costumes made out of printed-paper textile that were created for a video-performance he is shooting in his studio for the exhibition; and he will construct a massive paper installation over three days on site with SAIC students.

In conjunction with “Henrik Vibskov : 0000 : State on State,” SAIC presents a companion exhibition in the Sullivan Galleries featuring short dance films by Norwegian choreographer Ingri Fiksdal, including “STATE,” and an installation by fashion designer Fredrik Floen, who also has collaborated with Fiksdal.

“As one of today’s most dynamic artists, Henrik Vibskov seamlessly breaks down the boundaries between artistic disciplines to create work that blurs fantasy and reality and transforms runways and stages in addition to creating larger-than-life sculptures and producing genre-bending music and videos,” said Trevor Martin, SAIC’s executive director of exhibitions. “We are honored to host Henrik, his collaborator Ingri Fiksdal and fashion designer Frederic Floen to bring programming and performances which echo the interdisciplinary ethos of SAIC.”

About the Artist

Henrik Vibskov has produced more than thirty men’s, and recently also women’s, collections since he graduated from Central Saint Martins, University of the Arts London, in 2001. “The Great Chain Of Sleepers” (Tokyo, Paris, Copenhagen), “The Five O´clock Leg Alignment” (Paris, Copenhagen), and “The Kitchen Of The Non Existent” (Prague, Copenhagen) are just a few runway titles Vibskov has produced lately, each title referring to a different but equally mesmerizing world and set of logic. He has been a member of the Chambre Syndicale de la Mode Masculine since 2003, and is the only Scandinavian designer on the official show schedule of the Paris Men’s Fashion Week.

Vibskov has exhibited at 21st Museum of Contemporary Art Kanazawa, Japan; The Museum of Art and Design in New York; Art Cologne represented by Gallery Ruttskowski68; MoMA PS1 in New York; Palais de Tokyo in Paris; ICA in London; Zeeuws Museum in Holland; Kiyomizu-Dera Temple in Kyoto, Japan; NAI Nederlands Architectur Institut in Rotterdam, Holland; and The Textile Museum, Washington, USA, to name a few. He has produced several large-scale solo exhibitions including at TEMPO at Stockholm Stadsteater, Sweden; Daelim Museum, Seoul, South Korea; “Neck Plus Ultra” at Galeries Lafayette in Paris and Gammel Strand in Copenhagen; and a major retrospective at Design Museum Helsinki in Finland.

Prizes include Cologne Thrumber Award, Cologne Germany 2017 and the 2011 Söderberg Prize, the highest design prize in the world. Her Majesty Queen Margrethe II of Denmark awarded Vibskov the Thorvald Bindesbøll Medal in 2016. He plays drums with his project Mountain Yorokobu, is signed to Fake Diamond Records, and also plays with Hess is More, Michael Simpson and Trentemøller, touring with them for more than 6 years. He has published four books, and his monograph will be published in 2012 by Gestalten.

About Sullivan Galleries

The Sullivan Galleries represent 32,000 square feet of exhibition space–the only single contemporary gallery site of its size in the Chicago Loop. Located in the Sullivan Center at 33 South State Street, the historic site of Louis Sullivan’s masterpiece Carson Pirie Scott & Co. building, the galleries feature exhibitions, performances, lectures, and screenings by SAIC students, faculty, and guest artists. Recently relocated to 33 South State Street, the Betty Rymer Gallery features a range of exhibitions of work by SAIC students, faculty, and international artists. The Sullivan Galleries brings to Chicago audiences the work of acclaimed and emerging artists, while providing the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and the public opportunities for direct involvement and exchange with the discourses of art today. With shows and projects often led by faculty or student curators, it is a teaching gallery that engages the exhibition process as a pedagogical model and mode of research.

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