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The “Everything You Can Imagine Is Real” exhibition by Swedish artist Bea Szenfeld revolves around her collection “Haute Papier – The White Collection”. Her elaborate paper costumes will be on show at BIKINI BERLIN from 8th – 29th October.
Scissors, string and vast amounts of paper – with these materials the Swedish artist Bea Szenfeld has created extraordinary paper couture. A selection of examples from her “Haute Papier – The White Collection” are being shown under the exhibition title “Everything You Can Imagine Is Real” on the first floor of BIKINI BERLIN. Her creations are the result of a traditional craft, the notion of which Bea Szenfeld is bringing back. And her wish to make society more open and equal is also expressed in the exhibition.
In collaboration with The Royal Swedish Opera and photographers Karolina Henke and Carl Thorborg, as well as the illustrator Stina Wirsén, surreal scenes showing the artist’s designs have been created: a ballerina swinging on a chandelier, a dancer in the arms of a paper monkey and singers dressed in her extravagant paper costumes. Along with illustrations, these and other photographs form the core of the exhibition on show in the concept shopping mall. Ceiling-height, large-format photos and captivating light installations create a magical setting for the selected creations.
The highlight of the exhibition opening was the visit by the Swedish Queen. As part of a state visit, Queen Silvia of Sweden was in attendance to officially open the exhibition together with the artist Bea Szenfeld and curator Pompe Hedengren.
About Bea Szenfeld
Swedish artist and fashion designer Bea Szenfeld is renowned for her critical observations of fashion from a consumerism perspective. In her artworks she replaces the textiles commonly used in haute couture with contrasting materials such as paper. Szenfeld draws her inspiration from the Italian art movement Arte Povera from the 1960s, during which artists and followers used everyday materials like earth, glass and wood for their artworks.
“Everything You Can Imagine IS REAL” by Bea Szenfeld
BIKINI BERLIN Concept Shopping Mall
Budapester Strasse 42 – 50
8th – 29th October
Monday to Saturday, 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday, 9th October, 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm and 16th October, 1:00 pm – 6:00