Gilbert & George, Class War, Militant, Gateway (1986). Exhibition view at Fondation Louis Vuitton (2015). ©Gilbert & George. Photo credit ©Fondation Louis Vuitton / Marc Domage
Pursuing the Fondation Louis Vuitton’s mission of showcasing exclusive holdings of the Collection to a broader international public, the Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo presents for the first time in Japan the iconic monumental triptych Class War, Militant, Gateway (1986) by Gilbert & George, within the framework of the ongoing “Hors-les-murs” programme.
The Collection features a considerable ensemble of works by Gilbert & George dating from 1971 to 2019 that has been completed with pieces from their latest series. A manifesto for a modern epic poem, Class War, Militant, Gateway (1986) was their first monumental piece. It illustrates the individual’s adventure, from affiliation with a community to the emergence of a personal conscience and self-affirmation. As in most of their works, the images are arranged in a grid of black frames to form a frieze dominated by red, white and blue. Gilbert & George substitute the vertical “pyramid of oppression” by the horizontality of a society that no longer appears to be divided according to class. This democratic harmonisation is represented here through work blues in which all the characters in the foreground are dressed to the waist.
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The ongoing “Hors-les-murs” programme was launched in 2015 to showcase selected works from the Collection of Fondation Louis Vuitton at the Espaces Louis Vuitton in five cities of the world, including Tokyo and Osaka.
The Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo is an art venue located on the seventh floor of Louis Vuitton Omotesando Building exclusively devoted to the exhibitions organized in the framework of the specific “Hors-les-murs” programme developed by the Fondation Louis Vuitton, a cultural and artistic French institution dedicated to contemporary art, artists, and the works that inspired them. This ongoing programme presenting the artworks from its Collection unfolds at the Espaces Louis Vuitton located in Tokyo, Munich, Venice, Beijing, Seoul and Osaka, with the goal of bringing the Collection to a broad audience around the world. Since its opening, the project has welcomed countless visitors to the spacious, airy venue.