About the Martin Margiela exhibition

A conversation about the works of Martin Margiela presented in the exhibition with the authors of the catalogue and the graphic designer Irma Boom who designed it.
In this catalogue, entirely supervised by Martin Margiela himself, Chris Dercon recalls the artist's training, his first works and his approach during his years as a fashion designer, Friedrich Meschede insists on the importance of serendipity in his work, François Quintin endeavours to identify Martin Margiela's recurrent obsessions visible in his work and Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel retraces the stages and objectives of this exhibition project.

All these subjects and many more will be discuss during this talk.


Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel is director of Lafayette Anticipations, Fondation des Galeries Lafayette. In 2020 she was the chief curator of the Riga Biennial, "and suddenly it all blossoms", and director of the feature film based on the exhibition.

From 2011 to 2019, she was curator at the Palais de Tokyo where she curated, among others, the cartes blanches to Tomas Saraceno, ON AIR (2018-2019) and to Tino Seghal (2016). She has also curated the exhibitions of Marguerite Humeau, FOXP2 (2016), Ed Atkins, Bastards (2014), Helen Marten's Evian Disease (2013), or David Douard's Mo'swallow (2014), as well as the group exhibition Le bord des mondes(2015).

She regularly collaborates with international institutions, with the projects 72 hours of truce: exploring immediate signs (2013) and Bright intervals (2014) at MoMA PS1 (New-York), FOXP2 (2016) at Nottingham Contemporary, Landscape (2014) with the Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam) or Des présents inachevés for la Biennale de Lyon (with Oliver Beer, Julian Charrière, Jeremy Shaw and Benoît Pype, 2013). In 2017, she was co-curator of the exhibition Voyage d'Hiver at the Château de Versailles.

Rebecca Lamarche-Vadel regularly publishes in French and international journals and catalogues, and participates in numerous seminars and juries in France and abroad (FIAC, French Pavilion at the Venice Biennale etc).

She has a degree in Art History, History and Political Science from the University of Paris I - La Sorbonne.

Irma Boom is a Dutch graphic designer who is especially known for her book making.

She studied graphic design at the AKI School of Fine Art in Enscheden. Boom worked at the Dutch Government Publishing and Printing Office in The Hague for five years before she founded her own firm, Irma Boom Office, in Amsterdam in 1991.

Boom works both nationally and internationally in the cultural and commercial sectors, and among her clients are the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, Paul Fentener van Vlissingen, Inside Outside, Museum Boijmans, Zumtobel, Ferrari, Vitra International, NAi Publishers, and Camper. Boom has designed over 250 books, 50 of which are in the permanent collection of The Museum of Modern Art. Since 1992 she has been teaching at Yale University, and has lectured and given workshops worldwide.

She is the recipient of many awards for her book designs and is well known for being the youngest person ever to have received an award for outstanding achievement with a Gutenberg prize for her work as a painter, composer, and artist in 2001.

François Quintin a suivi des cours d’histoire de l’art à l’École du Louvre et à l’université ainsi qu'une formation de commissariat d’exposition au Guggenheim Museum de New York.
En 1994, il devient l'un des commissaires de la Fondation Cartier et ce jusqu'en 2000. Il est nommé l’année suivante directeur du FRAC Champagne-Ardenne qu'il quitte en 2007 pour prendre la direction de la galerie Xippas. En 2011, il lance le projet Lafayette Anticipations, Fondation d'entreprise Galeries Lafayette avec Guillaume Houzé, directeur de l'image du groupe Galeries Lafayette. Après plusieurs années à la tête du programme de préfiguration et de la conceptualisation du projet de la Fondation, basé en grande partie sur l'aide à la production, il assure la direction artistique du lieu qui ouvre ses portes en 2016. En 2019, il rejoint la Direction générale de la création artistique (DGCA) au ministère de la Culture.
Chris Dercon est historien de l’art, commissaire d’exposition et spécialiste des rapports entre art ancien et art contemporain. Il dirige actuellement la Volksbühne à Berlin.
Après des études d’histoire de l’art, de théâtre et de théorie du cinéma à l’université de Leyde aux Pays-Bas, Chris Dercon commence sa carrière dans une galerie avant d’organiser diverses expositions en Belgique et aux Pays-Bas. En 1988, il devient directeur artistique du MoMA-PS1 de New York. En 1990, il devient responsable des expositions du Centre d’art contemporain Witte de With de Rotterdam et commissaire du pavillon des Pays Bas lors de la 46e Biennale de Venise. En 1995, il est nommé directeur du musée Boijmans Van Beuningen de Rotterdam. En 2003, il prend la direction de la Haus der Kunst de Munich, puis, en 2011, de la Tate Modern de Londres, avant de prendre celle du célèbre théâtre Volksbühne de Berlin en 2017. Il est par ailleurs membre du comité consultatif artistique du Wiels à Bruxelles. Le 7 novembre 2018, il est nommé président de la Réunion des musées nationaux-Grand Palais à Paris.

Friedrich Meschede is an art historian and curator.

At the head of the Kunsthalle Bielefeld for eight years, leaving in 2019, he has also directed the temporary exhibitions at Barcelona’s Museu d’Art Contemporani (MACBA) from 2008 to 2011, the DAAD’s Künstlerprogramm Visual Art Department from 1992 to 2008 and Münster’s Westfälischer’s Kunstverein from 1989 to 1992.

Known for his demanding conception of art, his last exhibition at the Kunsthalle Bielefeld, “L’homme qui marche - Verköperung des Sperrigen” (09/11/19) focused on sculpture from Classical Modernism to today, in an effort to trace sculpture’s interest in the beautiful and the bulky.