Special projects


Bottega Veneta is pleased to feature two important works from seminal artist John Chamberlain in its New York City flagship store windows on Fifth Avenue. With the influences of Chamberlain and the avant-garde Arte Povera movement in the Fall-Winter 2013 collection, Creative Director Tomas Maier sought to highlight this connection through a stunning display that serves as a first of its kind for the brand. EMPIREMICROPHONE (2009), is shown alongside three intricately embroidered dresses handmade in silk and wool. This is the first time that this sculpture has been shown in the US. In the smaller window, COLONELGARGLE (2009), stands alone as a powerful testament to Chamberlain’s unique vision. These pieces are on loan from Gagosian Gallery from September 3 – 17.

About the artist

Since the mid-1950’s, John Chamberlain (1927 – 2011) has been known for his use of automobile parts in powerful, large-scale sculptures. He has worked with other mediums and materials, including two-dimensional paintings made with automobile paint, tied urethane foam sculptures (both in the 1960’s), and crushed metal and melted Plexiglas sculptures (in the 1970’s). Since the mid-1990’s, the artist has experimented considerably with large-format photography.