Losing Virgil Abloh last year was a real tragedy, but the Brooklyn Museum is ensuring the late visionary’s legacy lives on with a new investigative exhibit this summer.
Running from July 2022 to January 2023, the exhibition is based on the first Abloh retrospective held at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago in 2019. Retitled “Virgil Abloh: Figures of Speech”, it will be devoted to the work artist and genre designer, who died last November of a rare and aggressive form of cancer known as cardiac angiosarcoma.
Curated by Michael Darling and Antwaun Sargent, the exhibition will feature a mix of fashion, large-scale sculptures, immersive spaces, videos and sketches spanning nearly two decades of Abloh’s career. The variety of different mediums is in itself a testament to Abloh’s versatility: he started as artistic director of Kanye West’s creative agency Donda in 2010 and rose to artistic director of menswear at Louis Vuitton, achieving an extraordinary amount in between.
As the Brooklyn Museum stated in last week’s announcement of the 2022 exhibition calendar, her prolific work has helped “reshape notions of contemporary fashion, art, commerce, design and youth culture.” . Not to mention, Abloh was an advocate for diversity and inclusion and helped pave the way for emerging creatives. For example, 200 pairs of Louis Vuitton Nikes he designed were recently auctioned off to raise money for the “post-modern” scholarship fund he started.
As you’d expect, that’s not Abloh’s only tribute lately. Last November, the Louis Vuitton spring 2022 “Virgil Was Here” men’s show in Miami was dedicated to the life and legacy of the designer. And, just last month, the French fashion house showed off its latest collection in a poignant presentation during Paris Fashion Week. The label even released a new collection of bags to commemorate the seventh season of the Abloh collection at Louis Vuitton.