a raf simons exhibition is coming to berlin

For the first time in ten years, the iconic Belgian youth oracle is the subject of a solo exhibition -- curated by longtime collaborator Willy Vanderperre.

by Emily Manning
29 July 2015, 5:15pm

Photography Harry Carr

Our prayers have been answered: there's a new Raf Simons exhibition now open at 032c's Berlin Workshop. The show celebrates Simons' explorations of youth culture over the past 20 years, beginning with his debut autumn/winter 95 collection of remixed school uniforms. The show is curated by photographer, longtime Raf collaborator, and i-D fave Willy Vanderperre.

The exhibition follows the magazine's limited edition Raf retrospective issue -- which was released back in December. In addition to this photographic retrospective, Vanderperre pulled archival pieces from the past two decades to illustrate Raf's powerful engagements with subcultural movements; whether that referencing Gabba, urban guerrillas, or the Manic Street Preachers. 

Fittingly -- as Raf has staged shows in schoolyard settings like basketball courts -- the installation is constructed to resemble school lockers spangled with stickers and posters. There are even makeshift skate decks collaged with Vanderperre's late 90s shots of Peter Philips' Mickey Mouse makeup.

The pair have also collaborated on a soundtrack. One side of the Workshop's 26 foot long glass vitrine features sounds from Raf, while the other blasts Willy's musical selections, representing both the dissonance and harmony of their storied creative collaborations. Based on past collections, we're sure it's booming with both Joy Division and Kraftwerk.

Willy Vanderperre - Raf Simons 1995-2015 runs until August 21, more information here.


Text Emily Manning
Photography Harry Carr

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