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Jean Paul Gaultier Exhibit at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts Focuses on "What He Wants to Say as a Human Being"

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Opening tomorrow: The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier, an extensive exhibit of the French designer's work, at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Unlike many fashion exhibits, the focus of this show is not on Gaultier's legendary construction or aesthetic sensibilities, but on his "humanism."

Um. What does that mean?

Well, "I am not a fashion specialist at all," explains curator Nathalie Atkinson to the Vancouver Sun. "We are a fine arts museum and it was more about the message he has, a very humanist message, a social message, about his vision and his generosity. I think it’s that we wanted to work with him as a contemporary artist, not as a fashion designer. I wanted to show this dimension of his work, and because it was contemporary art. He of course saw the (Yves Saint Laurent) exhibition in Montreal, so he knew us. But really he was touched, because . . . it was not a fashion academical approach to his work, but about what he wants to say as a human being."

Okay. Still, we think, the corsets are mindblowing.
· Montreal exhibit aims to show Gaultier's humanist side [VS]

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

1380 Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, QC