19 June - 14 July 2002
Intermission 1 Hedi Slimane is a project consisting of an installation at the Stazione Leopolda in Florence and a book.
Hedi Slimane, the 34 year old creative director of Dior Homme, in charge of all the collections and global image, is one of the most influential designers in the world today. He is loved by the critics and admired by his colleagues. In just two short years he has transformed the powerful and famous French Maison into a contemporary icon. Slimane has developed a new male identity and style by giving fashion a conceptual scope.
The installation entitled Intermission 1 is one of the most complex and demanding Pitti Immagine production of the past few years. Four thousand square meters of the Stazione Leopolda, divided exactly in half between the two naves host the reinterpretation - or rather the reconstruction - of the Galerie des Glaces in the Palace of Versailles and the garden maze situated alongside of the famous room.
In the right nave 34 gigantic gleaming steel monoliths face the mysterious space of the black labyrinth with its 400 neon lights in the left nave. The entire area is filled with the modular sound created by thirty fans whirling above.
The book, also produced by Pitti Immagine and published by Edizioni Carta, is not an exhibition catalogue. It is a parallel and separate study that also focuses on the concept of the filter, transparency and refraction - constant themes in Slimane’s creative philosophy.
Intermission 1 is not a fashion event, insists Hedi Slimane, “and I am not an artist.” Therefore, as Francesco Bonami suggests in his introduction to the book, we should view the book and the architecture as a space between art and fashion, between two conflicting mental states, between two worlds, the visual and architectural expression of a research or study process.
Actually, Slimane prefers to think of the reconstruction of the Hall of Mirrors inside the Stazione Leopolda as architecture for a public space, as a setting that is totally organic in relation to the place where it is built. His desire to express his être français, his French being, between dreams and rationality is evident through it all.
Pitti Immagine presents Intermission 1 as part of its ongoing commitment to exploring the most stimulating research in the field of artistic and esthetic disciplines. The installation fulfills the goal of representing the convergence of different creative languages in contemporary culture.