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Exhibition

Jul 17 - Feb 14

2015
Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main
Domstraße 10
Frankfurt am Main,60311Germany
  • “At Close Range: Kostas Murkudis and the MMK Collection” exhibition at MMK, Frankfurt

  • “At Close Range: Kostas Murkudis and the MMK Collection” exhibition at MMK, Frankfurt

  • “At Close Range: Kostas Murkudis and the MMK Collection” exhibition at MMK, Frankfurt

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“At Close Range: Kostas Murkudis and the MMK Collection” exhibition at MMK, Frankfurt

The MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main hosts the first ever retrospective of the work of Kostas Murkudis, one of the boldest and most well-known fashion designers of Germany, along with Karl Lagerfeld, Jil Sander and Wolfgang Joop. The exhibition casts light on Murkudis’ 30-year career, featuring a wide selection of his iconic designs, as well as an array of backstage snapshots, sketches and never-before-seen photos from his personal archive. Divided into 14 different sections, each one dedicated to a different aspect of the designer’s work, the exhibition also examines Murkudis’ close relationship with art that has always been a major reference to his work.

Curated by German artist Carsten Nicolai, who has collaborated on various occasions with Murkudis in the past, and Peter Gorschlüter, deputy director of the MMK, “At Close Range: Kostas Murkudis and the MMK Collection” features a series of impressive sound and film installations that offer a different perspective on the designer’s work. What’s more, the exhibition opens an interesting dialogue between Murkudis’ designs and the museum’s collection, juxtaposing his oeuvre with works by John Chamberlain, Jack Goldstein, Steven Parrino, Yves Klein, Juergen Teller, Mark Borthwick, Blinky Palermo, Sigmar Polke and Franz Erhard Walther.

Artistic ideas and approaches have always contributed decisively to shaping Murkudis’s work,” said Peter Gorschlüter, who worked with architect Aaron Werbick for the design of the exhibition. “The interrelationships are manifest in his sculptural conception of fashion, his investigation of three dimensional materials, his artistic practice, and the presentation forms he chooses, which differ distinctly from the conventional fashion show,” he concluded.

Kostas Murkudis was born in Dresden to Greek parents and studied fashion design in Berlin. He started his career in 1986 and worked closely with fashion legend Helmut Lang for seven years before founding his namesake label in 1994. Known for his sculptural approach to fashion, his conceptual runway shows and his experimentations with color, material and form, Murkudis has also developed collections for fashion brands like Balenciaga, New York Industrie, Pringle of Scotland, Closed, Ter et Bantine and Hache.

Back in 2013, the designer donated a big part of his archive to three of the most prominent, fashion-oriented museums in the world: the MMK Museum für Moderne Kunst Frankfurt am Main, the Palais Galliera –Musée de la mode de la ville de Paris–, and the Kyoto Costume Institute, Japan. His donation to the MMK served as the basis of its ongoing exhibition that questions the limits between fashion and art, while giving us the opportunity to delve into his creative universe. “At Close Range: Kostas Murkudis and the MMK Collection” is accompanied by a comprehensive monograph, published by Prestel, with contributions by Mark Borthwick, Terry Jones, and Helmut Lang.