Wednesday, July 13, 2011

The fashion trendsetter Yves Carcelle loves and patronizes Indian art

Nothing could probably stop Yves Carcelle from arriving for probably the biggest occasion for contemporary Indian art in Paris, France. His love and passion for art is simply awe-inspiring. Even at the ripe age of 60 plus, he watches every bit of development in the field and keeps looking for new, exciting talent.

The head honcho of internationally renowned fashion label Louis Vuitton made it to the event on a wheelchair, having broken his leg. His presence added a touch of aura to an ambitious show of contemporary Indian art, entitled ‘Paris-Delhi-Bombay’, at the Centre Pompidou.

While viewing and collecting art is mostly a personal passion just like wearing fashion, again a matter of one’s taste and choice, the haute couture trendsetter- art collector is hopeful to make it a larger and broad based activity in India. He wants to expand the label in leading metros of India, New Delhi, Bangalore and Mumbai – as well as other cities. The brand is looking for the right opportunity in Chennai and Puducherry.

Carcelle is a self-proclaimed Indophile, whose his association with India started nearly two decades ago. He crisscrossed almost all corners of the country. An avid art lover, he reveals he was always fascinated by Indian art. In 2006, the brand’s Paris based art gallery, Espace Culture, hosted a group show of Indian and French artists.

Sharing his love for contemporary Indian art, he states in a recent interview: “My personal discovery of art from India began with that exhibit. Travel is a mode of cultural exchange. It’s our sincere aim to try and give back to a country and its people we engage with.”

This is why he patronizes art and artists from India, as evident in collaboration with Sudarshan Shetty in 2010 for a giant art installation in Milan. They actively supported the debut exhibition by world-renowned sculptor Anish Kapoor in India. According to him, though Indian art is now booming, it still has some distance to travel before making it to the big league.

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