Jeff Koons Teams Up With Louis Vuitton to Create Art-Inspired Handbags
In 2015, Jeff Koons unveiled his collection of repainted masterpieces. The pieces reinterpreted the works of artists like Leonardo da Vinci and Vincent van Gogh and were identical to the originals, save for a blue, reflective "gazing ball" suspended in front of each of them. Koons stated at the show’s launch that the orbs represented "the vastness of the universe and at the same time the intimacy of right here, right now." That perspective has been repackaged into a new line of handbags from Louis Vuitton, which go on sale on April 28.
As dezeen reports, the "Masters" collection showcases the pop artist’s take on famous works from history. Da Vinci’s "Mona Lisa," van Gogh's "Wheat Field with Cypresses," and Peter Paul Rubens's "The Tiger Hunt" are all represented with each artist’s name displayed on the bag in gold metallic lettering. Louis Vuitton’s iconic logo and floral designs adorn the front, and a leather silhouette of Koons’s famous rabbit sculpture hangs from the handle.
"Having the names of the artists […] being in the reflective type is actually in a way performing like the gazing ball would in the gazing ball paintings," Koons said in an interview with Louis Vuitton.