HERMES HERITAGE - ROUGES HERMES EXHIBITION
FROM 2nd OCTOBER TO 13th OCTOBER 2019
From 2nd to 13th October 2019, Hermes is pleased to present an episode of a cycle of Hermes Heritage touring exhibitions at Parc Paragon, Siam Paragon shopping center. These aim to explore the history of the house founded in 1837 by Thierry Hermes, with its iconic themes, colours and patterns, following the thread woven by generations of designers and craftspeople from its origins as a harness-maker and saddler to the present day with contemporary designs.
The Rouges Hermes exhibition demonstrates that the house's attachment to this colour and its spectrum of shades - around twenty - fluctuating from vermilion to magenta and from bright red to soft red, has never failed. Ever since Emile Hermes, with the help of skilled artisan tanners, developed a process to dye box calf leather, red has been used to colour a whole range of designs.
The exhibition demonstrates this by featuring not only leather goods but also clothing and home accessories, rounding off notably with a contemporary jewellery cabinet whose mobile, folding mahogany structure in rouge H conceals a wealth of intricate details. From wood to crystal, leather to silk, the harmonious relationships between colour and matter are rendered discernible.
Bruno Gaudichon, curator of "La Piscine" museum of art and industry in Roubaix (France) and of Rouges Hermes, together with set designer Laurence Fontaine, have chosen to adopt a framework that is flexible yet rigorous. Borrowing pieces from the Emile Hermes collection (1), the house's archives (2), and the full range of recent designs (3), the exhibition is divided into five zones loosely connected by a chronological thread that allows visitors to discover the emergence of new variants of red over time. These ultimately form a subtle and delicate palette throughout the exhibition, which illuminates the history of the house. A history marked by colour.