Culture Chanel takes Venice with ‘The woman who reads’
Gabrielle 'Coco' Chanel's love for literature played a significant part in shaping her creative outlook, and the writing works that surrounded her helped her imagination flourish and take flight. Last year, our friend of Buro Kim Raymond took us inside the founder of Chanel's apartment on Rue Cambon, Paris, showing us where the fashion icon once lived. While taking a visual walk in the apartment through Kim's eyes, one can't help but notice the towering book shelves in the living space, which house a vast collection of works that range from Plato and Virgil, to writers of Gabrielle's time like Pierre Reverdy, Max Jacob and Jean Cocteau—an indication of the importance of literature in her life.
Soon, the public will be able to admire some of these works, along with art objects, jewellery pieces and perfumes from Gabrielle Chanel's Paris apartment. From 17 September 2016 to 8 January 2017, the Ca' Pesaro International Gallery of Modern Art in Venice, Italy will host The woman who reads, an exhibition by Chanel Culture that look into Gabrielle's creative world from a different perspective, that of her relationship to literature. So if you are ever in Venice in the near future, you know what to put in your to-do list.
[Updated] Here is a little preview of the exhibition in pictures: