New Exhibition in Paris Explores the Art of the Sneaker

The sneaker is truly part of our cultural lexicon — so much so that a pair is now ensconced in the hallowed halls of Paris’ Musée des Arts décoratifs.

Pierre Hardy’s Magic Sneakers (named after basketball player Magic Johnson) form part of the museum’s new L’Esprit du Bauhaus exhibition that opened this week. Hardy, who is also creative director at Hermes, posted this Instagram snap from the show’s launch.


The shoes in question hail from Hardy’s fall ’15 men’s wear collection, which took inspiration from the post-modernism movement. With their strong graphics in bold primary colors, concealed lacing, and Velcro flap, they represent a modern interpretation of the artistic period.

“Being part of the exhibition is a big compliment,” Hardy told Footwear News. “The shoe itself was my response to the Bauhaus aesthetic that is still present within contemporary life.

“It is a radicalization of the essentials that define a sneaker,” he continued. “The three contrasting colors in the lacing, strap and body mark out each area according to their function.”


Founded in 1919 in Weimar, the Bauhaus was an art school that established itself as a major influence on 20th-century art.

The mixed-media exhibition features over 900 works including objects, furniture, textiles, drawings, models and paintings from the oeuvre but also highlights contemporary takes on the aesthetic.

The L’esprit du Bauhaus exhibition runs until Feb. 26. 2017.


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