This is the second year that Veuve Clicquot has created a major event for Halloween. Titled the ‘Widow Series’, the brand each year invites a significant creative figure to curate an installation which draws inspiration from the story of Madame Clicquot, who after being widowed in 1805, took on her late husband’s champagne business and became a pioneer in the field, introducing several innovations to the industry.
Last year, Nick Knight took on the challenge, creating a series of films and curating artworks and installations from the likes of fashion designer Gareth Pugh and taxidermist Rose Robson for an exhibition in central London (read more about it here). This time it’s FKA twigs’ turn and she has worked with 12 artists and set designers from the Streeters agency to create the sprawling exhibition of 12 rooms, each dedicated to a zodiac star sign. She has then created a performance piece which sees her dance through the space.
The artists were given freedom to interpret their space as they wanted, though with guidance from FKA twigs as to her performance needs. The resulting rooms are therefore enjoyably varied. Some – such as Andrea Stanley’s piece for Libra, which appears as a bizarre and unnerving hospital scene, or Gerard Santos’ Gemini piece, a nature diorama that bursts out of the frame into the room – hint at a wider narrative, while others are more stripped back and sculptural.
Andy Hillman’s artwork for Sagittarius features a giant black rose, a motif that appeared regularly in Knight’s project from last year, while both Miguel Bento’s space for Aquarius and Andrea Cellerio’s for Capricorn are minimalist. Alexander Bock’s set for Cancer doubles as a dance floor space and throughout the installation there are Veuve Clicquot bars dotted about, some themselves theatrically designed, which serve as a reminder that this is a commercial venture as well as an art piece.
Beyond the performances, the installation works as piece of experiential art, and will be open to the public at certain times as such (you need to book ahead, via veuveclicquotwidowseries.co.uk), but truly comes to life when FKA twigs and her dancers perform in the space, as the images featured here show.
For more info, and to book tickets, visit veuveclicquotwidowseries.co.uk; Read our interview with FKA twigs from CR January ’15 here