Hermès Heritage – In Motion exhibition in Hanoi

09:42 | 26/10/2019
From October 25 to November 3, “Hermès Heritage – In Motion” will be open to visitors at Hanoi’s Temple of Literature, completely free of charge.
hermes heritage in motion exhibition in hanoi
Tobacco box and correspondence box showcased at Hermès Heritage – In Motion

The exhibition presents the history of the house founded in 1837 by Thierry Hermès with its iconic themes, colours, and objects, following the thread woven by generations of creators and craftsmen, from its origins as a harness-maker and saddler to the present day.

After "Harnessing the Roots" and "Rouges Hermès", the cycle continues with this exhibition – entitled “In Motion” – which showcases objects that carry within them the desire to take off, to go elsewhere, to ramble and roam.

hermes heritage in motion exhibition in hanoi
A collection of iconographies

Hermès came into being at a historic time when modern life was gathering pace, where men and women wanted nothing more than to move with ease in a hurried and increasingly mobile world. Whether at a walk, a trot, or a gallop, on foot, on horseback, or by car, bicycle, skateboard, or aircraft, and whatever the pace or means of transport adopted by users, Hermès creations advance in the same light, elegant, and ingenious style.

The exhibition is testament to this, presenting objects from the Émile Hermès collection, the archives, the Hermès Conservatoire of Creations and contemporary pieces. Within this vast corpus, of particular interest is the very first Hermès scarf, its design a twirling circle of horse-drawn carriages inspired by the playing board of an eponymous game (the Jeu des omnibus et dames blanches), or this pair of postilion’s riding boots whose size and robustness are dreamily reminiscent of the marvellous seven-league boots, while the Flâneur d'Hermès bicycle displays its fluid lines with grace.

The Bolide picnic bag is itself inspired by the Sac pour l’Auto: created by the house in the 1920s, it illustrates how Hermès objects also travel through the ages. The exhibition gives pride of place to ingenious mechanisms: the Pippa writing desk is useful when opened, and once closed, it is put away and forgotten about; the cane picnic basket conceals, well hidden in its upper part, a battery of cutlery, while the Inversables, two columns of glasses mounted on mobile rings, can be taken on board a yacht or an ocean liner without ever fearing the swell of the waves.

hermes heritage in motion exhibition in hanoi
Calfskin sneaker on roller skatesole

This touring exhibition thus charts its exciting course in five stages under the direction of Bruno Gaudichon, curator of the “La Piscine” Museum of Art and Industry in Roubaix, and exhibition designer Laurence Fontaine.

By Thanh Mai

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