The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

"There's all these sort of preconceptions in the world about what a designer is. Being a rational person, I was like, 'I'm not a designer, I'm a consumer.' There's sort of this prototype for what a 'designer' looks like, and I didn't look like that." - ABLOH


Is there anything Virgil Abloh can't do? Abloh shows us that it's possible to breakthrough so long as you have a vision for what is possible. "Figures of Speech," the first museum exhibition devoted to the work of the genre-bending artist and designer Virgil Abloh (American, b. 1980). Abloh pioneers a practice that cuts across media and connects visual artists, musicians, graphic designers, fashion designers, and architects. 

Abloh cultivated an interest in design and music at an early age, finding inspiration in the urban culture of Chicago. While pursuing a master’s degree in architecture from the Illinois Institute of Technology, he connected with Kanye West and joined West’s creative team to work on album covers, concert designs, and merchandising. In 2013, Abloh founded his stand-alone fashion brand Off-White™ in Milan, Italy, and in 2018 assumed the position of Men’s Artistic Director of Louis Vuitton.

The exhibition is set in an immersive space designed by Samir Bantal. It is an in depth look at the highlights of Abloh's career and impact in culture. His appointment to lead LV's men's division was groundbreaking. His interests across music, fashion, architecture, and design have impacted the zeitgeist of modern culture.

The exhibition will run from June 10th to September 22nd. 

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"I started out screenprinting shirts from the South Side of Chicago, to convince the head of the biggest luxury group that I should steer one of the arms of the biggest quotient of it." - ABLOH