Virgil Abloh is set to be the subject of a new retrospective at The Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago next summer.
Titled “Virgil Abloh: Figure of Speech,” the exhibition that’s been two years in the making will feature work of the DJ, designer, and most recently artistic director of Louis Vuitton’s menswear. Abloh’s lifework from his work at Kanye West’s creative agency Donda, his personal brand Off-White, his architectural works, and more will be on display. In addition, Abloh will create never-before-seen items exclusively for the exhibit.
We’re very interested in art participants that are very broad and multidisciplinary. He fits that mold that doesn’t fit boundaries and is exploring all these different fields. That’s really an interest to us. The fact that he’s from Chicago and lives in Chicago and yet he’s lighting up the international fashion and design scene, we felt we really wanted to celebrate that.
The retrospective will follow similar past exhibits of similarly creative artists, such as David Bowie and Merce Cunningham, at the museum. “Virgil Abloh: Figures of Speech” will open June 8 of next year and will remain open throughout the summer into September.