Museum of Modern Arts

Piet Paris: Original Designs for Magazines

Grace Piney

The Museum of Modern Arts in Arnhem, the Netherlands, exhibits the work of Piet Paris.


The Museum of Modern Arts in Arnhem, Netherlands, exhibits a selection of works from the archives of the celebrated illustrator Piet Paris with the intention of exploring the artist’s techniques and creative process. Paris is known for a very personal style, featuring glamorous, stylized figures (mainly female silhouettes) in geometric forms through a palette of flat colors.

Piet Paris’s illustrations appear regularly in the most iconic fashion magazines: Vogue and Elle included, and he has also created campaigns for renowned brands such as Viktor & Rolf. His oeuvre has been published in books about design, and his creations adorn the windows of the most exclusive European boutiques.

In 2008 Paris received the Grand Seigneur— the most important fashion award in the Netherlands—for his contributions to the development of Dutch fashion as artistic director of the Arnhem Mode Biennial, and for his work as an international illustrator.

The exhibition The Chambers of Piet Paris contains a selection of 75 pieces selected by the artist himself. It is a kind of retrospective of his work during the last 25 years. The pieces come from the artist’s private archives as well as new works created for the exhibit. It will be on view at the Museum of Modern Arts in Arnhem until August 4th.

PHOTOS:Marc Pluim.


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