Christian Lacroix, Fashion Designer - Detour 2008, Paris
Curated by Raffaella Guidobono, Detour is both a visual and tactile experience. As in the digital version of the exhibit, the public has the opportunity to leaf through the notebooks -- wearing special cotton gloves -- to follow the artist's creative process as it unfolds, one page after another. Director Mike Figgis fills a notebook with notes written on little pieces of paper, old photographs and clippings from his films. The notebook of Maira Kalman is marked by 7 pairs of shoes, as if to tell the story of a slow walk on tiptoe. Abigail Hunt retraces the long path of the Thames on accordion-folded pages. Sketches in pencil and highlighter, portraits of women, furniture designs and objects fill the notebook of Karim Rashid. The many different notebooks on display include, in particular, those by Giuseppe Amato, Ron Arad, Martí Guixé, Yves Behar, Ross Lovegrove, Antonio Marras, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Karim Said, Valerio Berruti, Giovanni Sollima, Zhang Yuan and many more.
The notebooks in the Detour collection have been donated by the authors to lettera27, a non-profit foundation that promotes the right to education and access to knowledge. lettera27 manages the notebook archive and makes the notebooks available for Detour events organized by Moleskine around the world.