(Toronto, Ontario – June 4, 2013) - The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is pleased to announce the North American premiere of VIKTOR&ROLF DOLLS, as part of the Luminato Festival 2013. The catwalk installation, created by avant-garde fashion designers Viktor Horsting and Rolf Snoeren, opens June 9 to July 1, 2013.
VIKTOR&ROLF DOLLS features between 25 and 30 Victorian porcelain dolls, dressed in impeccably crafted scaled-down versions of Viktor&Rolf couture designs and set on a miniature catwalk. The Dutch designers have styled these iconic dolls, roughly 65 centimetres tall, with hand-crafted replicas of their catwalk creations, right down to hair and makeup.
Viktor&Rolf are widely recognized and respected for their conceptual glamour and provocative creations. Among the most notable presentation of Viktor&Rolf’s work was their 15th anniversary retrospective, The House of Viktor&Rolf, staged at the Barbican Art Gallery in London, England. For VIKTOR&ROLF DOLLS exhibition, the designers created a new, unique catwalk platform, specifically crafted for the ROM’s Thorsell Spirit House space.
VIKTOR&ROLF DOLLS hit the runway at the ROM’s Thorsell Spirit House on June 9, 2013. The exhibition is free and open during regular Museum hours: Saturday through Thursday 10:00am to 5:30pm; Friday 10:00am to 6:30pm.
About Luminato Festival
Luminato Festival is the international multi-arts festival for people open to having art change their outlook on the world. For ten days each June, the Luminato Festival transforms theatres, parks and public spaces across the city and creates a home for artists to come play, share and create. When the unexpected meets the transformative, that’s a Luminato moment.
Luminato Festival gratefully acknowledges the generous support and vision of its Founding Luminaries, SuperNova donors, and Patron Circle Members. The Festival would not be possible without the support of our Partner in Creativity, L’Oréal Canada. Luminato also proudly acknowledges the support of its Founding Government Partner the Province of Ontario, as well as the Government of Canada, the City of Toronto, and the Ontario Arts Council. The seventh annual Luminato Festival takes place from June 14–23, 2013. Tickets for all Luminato Festival 2013 programs are now on sale. For details, visit luminatofestival.com.
The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is an agency of the Government of Ontario. Opened in 1914, Canada’s largest museum of natural history and world cultures has six million objects in its collections and galleries showcasing art, archaeology and natural science.
The North American premiere of VIKTOR&ROLF DOLLS is a site-specific installation in collaboration with Studio Job. Studio Job is a Dutch-Belgium contemporary design company founded in 2000 by Mr & Mrs Smeets. Commissioned and produced by the Luminato Festival and presented in collaboration with the Royal Ontario Museum