Welcome to Hermès Wanderland!

Ode aan de flaneur

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Hermès just launched its fantastical exhibition “Wanderland” at the Saatchi Gallery in London. The exposition pays homage to the “flâneur” and the “flânerie” which is the act of wandering aimlessly in the city streets while indulging in its details of everyday life. Of course, the idea of strolling around (or flâner) was a common theme between artists with the rise of the city (Walter Benjamin drew from Charles Baudelaire’s poetry the meaning behind the flâneur)  . The display showcases different surreal moments directed by set designer Hubert le Galle. The magical sets that were created placed the flâneur back in the city- a fantastic city. Pierre-Alexis Dumas, artistic director of Hermès, asserted this by claiming that the exhibition’s should embody  “what wandering is about. My hope is that people come to the show, maybe forget reality, and then look at their own city with new eyes. We must never lose our…

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