The Brooklyn Museum pays tribute to the late Virgil Abloh with the upcoming opening of the “Figures of Speech” exhibition.
As detailed in the museum’s 2022 exhibition calendar, “Figures of Speech” (which follows the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago’s 2019 exhibition of the same name) bills itself as the “first museum investigative exhibition devoted to the ‘deceased artist and designer’.
The exhibition spans nearly two decades and features large-scale sculptures, videos, immersive spaces, and more. “Figures of Speech” was curated by Michael Darling, who was previously chief curator at MCA Chicago and who last year was reportedly set to become a co-founder of Museum Exchange. The organizer of the Brooklyn Museum presentation, meanwhile, is writer and curator Antwaun Sargent.
“Figures of Speech” is set to open July 1 and will end on January 29, 2023. For more information, visit the Brooklyn Museum website.
Abloh, whose fearless creativity had an indelible impact on multiple artistic mediums, died in November at the age of 41. In a statement from Abloh’s family, it was revealed that the Off-White founder and artistic director of menswear at Louis Vuitton had “valiantly battled” a rare form of cancer for more than two years.
“Through it all, his work ethic, endless curiosity and optimism never wavered,” the statement read. “Virgil was driven by his dedication to his craft and his mission to open doors for others and create pathways for greater equality in art and design. He would often say, ‘All I do is for the 17-year-old version of myself”, believing deeply in the power of art to inspire future generations.