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04.06.2012

 

GoSee Summer Recommendation : ‘The Fashion Monkey’ - Isabelle de Borchgrave’s filigree costume installations in paper. As part of ‘FRIEDERISIKO. Frederick the Great’ at New Palace and Park Sanssouci

The Prussian 'Schlösser und Gärten Berlin-Brandenburg (SPSG)' foundation commissioned Belgian artist Isabelle de Borchgrave with the design of figurines and accessories, which will be part of the 'Der Modeaffe' section in ' FRIEDERISIKO. Friedrich der Große' the exhibition. This year marks the 300th anniversary of the birth of Frederick the Great, the most important king in Prussian history.

In 1742, young Fredrick penned the comedy play ‘Der Modeaffe’ (the fashion monkey) as a commentary on everyday life at court and its eccentricities. The play premièred at the wedding of Dietrich Caesarion Freiherr von Keyserlingk and Eleonore Luise Albertine Gräfin von Schlieben at Charlottenburg Castle.

However, it wasn't exactly tailored towards the bride and groom but rather carried a spiteful message for philosopher Jean des Champs. He fell out of favour with Friedrich II. as the result of a court intrigue and the monarch used the play to expose the miscreant to public scrutiny, one of the fiercest punishments one could suffer from at court.

The Prinz-Heinrich-apartment at the Neuen Palais serves as the ideal ‘stage’ for presenting the play in opulent images. The marvellous rooms are brought to life through accessories and life-sized paper figures by Isabelle de Borchgrave, which were created in adherence to portraits of Prussian court frequenters and breathe new life into the space.

The protagonist is Marquis de la Farindondière, who – in his feverish attempt to be on top of whatever the latest fashion turns out to be – severely decimates his uncle’s heritage. Therefore, the latter tries everything in his power to wed his nephew to a frugal woman in order to lead him off the path of squandering.

The play reflects and comments on all the topics that would have been on Fredrick’s mind at the time: philosophy, architecture, fine art, theatre. Hence, it's the sharp irony of the play that permeates the narrative and shares the king's worldview with the audience.

Isabelle de Borchgrave's first major exhibition took place in the Metropolitan Museum in New York. She designed extravagant paper costumes, adorned with detailed Trompe l’œil drawings and created a new look for the historical fashions of Elizabeth I and Coco Chanel (and more).

The artist is associated with unusual paper creations all over the world. However, she is also a frequent design collaborator working for the likes of Villeroy & Boch, Caspari or Target. She also entertains a passion for fine arts.

GoSee presents a preview selection of teasers of the exhibition and some shots of the location itself.


‘Der Modeaffe’. A scenic promenade
‘FRIEDERISIKO. Friedrich der Große’ at New Palace and Park Sanssouci

28 April – 28 October 2012
www.friederisiko.de

FRIEDERISIKO - das Neue Palais von Sansscouci (Grottensaal)

FRIEDERISIKO - das Neue Palais von Sansscouci (Grottensaal)

FRIEDERISIKO "Der Modeaffee" exhibition

FRIEDERISIKO "Der Modeaffee" exhibition

FRIEDERISIKO "Der Modeaffee" exhibition

FRIEDERISIKO "Der Modeaffee" exhibition

FRIEDERISIKO - das Neue Palais von Sansscouci

FRIEDERISIKO - das Neue Palais von Sansscouci

FRIEDERISIKO - das Neue Palais von Sansscouci

FRIEDERISIKO - das Neue Palais von Sansscouci

FRIEDERISIKO "Der Modeaffee" exhibition

FRIEDERISIKO "Der Modeaffee" exhibition

FRIEDERISIKO "Der Modeaffee" exhibition

FRIEDERISIKO "Der Modeaffee" exhibition

FRIEDERISIKO "Der Modeaffee" exhibition

FRIEDERISIKO "Der Modeaffee" exhibition

FRIEDERISIKO "Der Modeaffee" exhibition

FRIEDERISIKO "Der Modeaffee" exhibition

FRIEDERISIKO - das Neue Palais von Sansscouci (Arbeitszimmer)

FRIEDERISIKO - das Neue Palais von Sansscouci (Arbeitszimmer)

FRIEDERISIKO - das Neue Palais von Sansscouci

FRIEDERISIKO - das Neue Palais von Sansscouci