Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Portraits de Chaussures-Histories de Pieds: Travelling Exhibition

An exhibition entitled present “Portraits de Chaussures-Histories de Pieds” (Portraits of Shoes-Stories of Feet) opens at the Yuchengco Museum, RCBC Plaza, Makati City tomorrow and runs until June 20. The exhibition is hosted by Alliance Française de Manille, Yuchengco Museum, and the French Embassy in the Philippines. The sponsors are Cultures France, Air France-KLM, Essilor, and Sofitel Philippine Plaza. The exhibit proposes a panoramic view of a completely arbitrary choice revolving around the subject of the shoe and its support, the foot. On display will be 62 pairs of shoes from the 18th to the 21st century from the Romans International Museum Collection and renowned French Fashion Houses Collections. In order to reinforce the dialogue of cultures, Filipino artists and designers will bring their contribution: “Stepping in Pinoy Style,” an exhibit curated by Yuchengco Museum, featuring traditional Filipino footwear such as the venerable bakya and beaded cochos, several pieces from theMarikina Shoe Museum collection and exciting designs by local designers will also be on show.

A special screening of the film Batad, directed by Benji Garcia, where shoes appear as a key symbol of migration and ambition, will be held at Alliance Française Auditorium.

“Portraits de Chaussures–Histoires de Pieds (Portraits of shoes–Stories of feet)” will tour internationally: at the Yuchenco Museum in Manila, from April to June; at the Thailand Creative and Design Center (TDCD) in Bangkok, Thaliand, from July to August; at Sungkok Art Museum in Seoul, Korea, from September to October; at the International Shoe Museum in Romans, France, from December to January; and in 2010 in Russia, Saint-Petersbourg at the Russian Ethnology Museum/ Permanent exhibit at Musee des beaux-arts/Samara at Musee des beaux-arts/Moscow at Tsaritsyno Museum.

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