American fashion designer and visionary artist, Virgil Abloh, who passed away last November 28, will be honored at the Brooklyn Museum starting July 1, 2022. The “Figures of Speech” exhibition will run until January 2023 and will take place on the first floor of the Great Hall. This will be the first-ever exhibition dedicated to this creative genius, a multi-hatted artist whose avant-garde vision revolutionized not only fashion but also the fields of art and design.
A version of “Figures of Speech” was previously on display at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago in 2019. However, the reimagined display takes on new meaning since his November 2021 death. He was only 41.
This retrospective will focus on Virgil Abloh’s work and visionary spirit through a multitude of works and fashion pieces, including several of his (very) numerous collaborations. The Brooklyn Museum does not specify yet, but the public could discover his creations for his label Off-White, as well as for Louis Vuitton, and some of his collections with Nike, Supreme, or Ikea, as it was the case in Chicago.
Virgil Abloh: “Figures of Speech” is organized by Michael Darling, former James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. The Brooklyn Museum presentation is organized by Antwaun Sargent, independent curator, and writer.
Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning March 10. Brooklyn Museum Members will have access to a pre-sale to reserve free tickets from February 24 to March 9.