Dries Van Noten held a special exhibition dubbed “Interpretations” over the weekend at Tokyo’s Hara Museum, celebrating 10 years in Aoyama. The installation featured interpretations of two 17th century Gerard de Lairesse paintings obtained by Van Noten over a decade ago.
Van Noten purchased the two Lairesse canvases, titled “A dispute between Achilles and Agamemnon” and “Paris and Apollo kill Achilles, hitting him with an arrow in his heel,” at auction in Belgium. Following the acquisition, the paintings were installed at the Dries Van Noten shop in Aoyama, Tokyo. To coincide with the opening, two Tokyo-based artists, Yuumi Domoto and Mika Ninagawa, were commissioned to interpret the two Lairesse works, and their paintings were hung in the Dries Van Noten boutique on the first floor along with two pieces by Daisuke Ohba.
In celebration of the tenth anniversary of this occasion, Van Noten has called on three new Tokyo artists, Masaho Anotani, Naho Ishii and Ataru Sato, to once again interpret the two Lairesse paintings. The “Interpretations” exhibition was designed to showcase the original canvases and the interpretations from 2009 and 2019.