Hermès announces the arrival of the Leather Forever exhibition in Singapore from October 25th to December 13th at ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands. Open to the public, the exhibition celebrates Hermès’ relationship with leather, the first material tamed by the house. Leather Forever takes the visitor on a poetic journey exploring Hermès’ love of this fine material, presenting items from Hermès’ past as well as some of its latest creations. Craftsmen from the Hermès workshops in Paris will be present to demonstrate the art of leather working by creating some of its iconic bags on site.
As a prelude to the exhibition, guests are invited to embark on their journey with Little Room of Wanders at the historic Asian Civilisations Museum. This extract of objects from the Emile Hermès museum in Paris’ Faubourg Saint-Honoré brings a little piece of the heart of Hermès to Singapore in honour of the 50th anniversary of the country’s independence. Paintings, equestrian objects, ingenious mechanisms, rare books and unusual knick-knacks – blithely immune to fashion – have become a permanent source of inspiration for the house’s designers.
“This is a very exciting moment for Hermès in Singapore. With this ambitious project, visitors will simultaneously have the chance to discover the rich and poetic expression of Hermès’ core métier with Leather Forever and for the first time, in Little Room of Wanders, to peruse some of the treasures assembled by my great grandfather Émile Hermès in his long life of collecting, shown alongside a number of original sketches by my uncle Philippe Dumas. These two unique museums will offer the perfect Hermès flânerie for the eye and the mind. I am happy and proud, in the name of Hermès, to share it with Singapore.” Pierre-Alexis Dumas, Artistic Director, Hermès.
To celebrate the exhibition, Hermès has created five Kellydoll bags in honour of each decade of Singapore’s independence.
Hermès was founded by Thierry Hermès in Paris in 1837, as a house of master harness- and later, saddle-makers. Six generations of enterprising artisans have learned and passed on the values of craftsmanship and creativity that have nurtured the house for over 170 years.
ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands
LITTLE ROOM OF WANDERS
ACM Green, Asian Civilisations Museum
October 25th to December 13th, 2015
Open daily, 10 am to 7 pm and from 10 am to 9 pm on Fridays