Fresh off stints in Tokyo and Hong Kong, Chanel’s UFO-like mobile art pavilion is making a stop in Central Park before being transported over to London, Moscow and Paris.
The curled shiny structure is full of art inspired by Chanel’s iconic quilted leather Chanel handbag – pieces like an enormous Chanel handbag spilled over.
The work has drawn criticism for its cluelessness, and its place in the Park, which the New York Times calls an “instrument of psychological healing for the weary.”
The Chanel exhibit is free and open to the public, but it doesn’t exactly show a collection of handbags, though.
Instead, it includes works from fifteen internationally renowned contemporary artists who where commissioned by Chanel to create works inspired by the iconic quilted Chanel 2.55 shoulder bag which was originally introduced by Coco Chanel in February 1955.
If the shots of the pavilion’s shell aren’t exciting enough, there’s a dizzying video tour of the completed project online. Photos: Michael Falco for The New York Times