21.12.2016 | Shanghai

Vivienne Westwood: Get A Life Exhibition Opens at K11 Shanghai

Shanghai K11 Art Mall unveiled the groundbreaking Vivienne Westwood show entitled “GET A LIFE!” , the global debut of Vivienne Westwood in dialogue with Chinese contemporary art, today. The exhibition, which opens to the public from December 20, 2016 to February 28, 2017 will present Westwood’s cutting-edge fashion collections and campaigns, and importantly highlights her work as an activist and environmental campaigner.

The title of the exhibition ‘GET A LIFE’ is Vivienne’s message to “Get a life for yourself and for future generations” to engage with the world, through art and culture and to inform yourself on matters relating to climate change. It criticises a series of problems related to over-consumption and the global financial system in connection to the environment and importantly climate change. Cultural entrepreneur Adrian Cheng, founder of K11 and K11 Art Foundation, said, “It is my great pleasure to introduce this one-of-a-kind exhibition by Dame Vivienne Westwood to China. K11 will continue to lead cross-platform collaborations in Greater China and we hope this exhibition will inspire people to talk more about the interconnecting relationships between fashion, art and the world in which we live.”

The exhibition, co-curated by chi K11 art museum, Westwood and her team, illustrates Westwood’s environmental and cultural campaigns through paintings, hand-drawn graphics, photos, videos, artworks and quotes.

The impressive installations and visual effects will immerse the audience into Westwood’s world of activism; standing under Vivienne’s hand-drawn ‘Gaia – the Tree of Life’ illustration, reading Vivienne’s explanation of her ‘+5° Map’ and viewing the 60 portraits of celebrities who took part in Westwood’s ‘Save the Arctic’ campaign for Greenpeace, photographed by Andy Gotts MBE. Key looks from Westwood’s latest fashion collections will also be on display, demonstrating how her political and environmental campaigns translate directly to her runway shows. Stand before the Climate Revolution banner, take your “weapon” and fight for the world! As Westwood explains, “It’s a war for the very existence of the human race and that of the planet. The most important weapon we have is public opinion: go to art galleries, start to understand the world you live in. You’re a freedom fighter as soon as you start doing that.”