Isabelle de Borchgrave: Fashioning Art from Paper

Co-organized by the Frick in collaboration with four other American museums, this major exhibition presents the full breadth of de Borchgrave’s exploration of historical costume through contemporary paper sculpture. If you’ve never seen the artist’s work, you will be delighted by these breathtaking, life-size renditions of historic clothing created completely from artfully painted, pleated, crumpled, and manipulated paper.

From replicas of Renaissance Italian gowns to recreations of the fantastical modernist costumes of the Ballet Russes, Isabelle de Borchgrave’s work is meticulously crafted and astonishingly beautiful. The artist’s interest in creating paper costumes was sparked by a visit to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1994, where she found herself inspired by the historic costumes on display. Back in her studio, she began to experiment with creating renditions of the pieces in paper. Since then, de Borchgrave’s paper costumes have been featured in major exhibitions around the world.

This immersive exhibition celebrates the breadth of de Borchgrave’s work with costume and fashion history and is designed to introduce her work to a wider audience. De Borchgrave’s paper sculptures are masterpieces of trompe l’oeil—even upon close inspection it is often difficult to discern that the costumes are made of paper. At the Frick, de Borchgrave’s work will be exhibited throughout the museum, creating a dialogue with the museum’s collection. Joining the exhibition will be the Frick’s recently commissioned piece inspired by one of our best-known masterpieces—Peter Paul Rubens’ Portrait of Charlotte- Marguerite de Montmorency, Princess of Condé.

The exhibition will include examples from all the artist’s major series, beginning with her exploration of 300 years of fashion history in the works created for Papiers à la Mode. The works from her Splendors of the Medici series are inspired by Italian Renaissance costumes portrayed in Old Master paintings. Her next series, The World of Mariano Fortuny explored the work of the iconoclastic Spanish fashion designer, famously based in Venice, and her most recent series, Les Ballet Russes features fantastical modernist costumes designed by artists like Picasso, Bakst, and Matisse. The Frick’s recent commission will be the only new piece included in the exhibition.

Isabelle de Borchgrave: Fashioning Art from Paper has been organized by The Frick Pittsburgh, Dixon Gallery and Gardens, Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Society of the Four Arts, and Artis - Naples, The Baker Museum.  A fully illustrated color catalogue accompanies the exhibition.

The Pittsburgh presentation of this exhibition is supported by EQT Foundation and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield. National exhibition tour support is provided by FedEx.

Major exhibition program support is provided by the Richard King Mellon Foundation.

Image Detail: Inspired by Rubens’ Portrait of Charlotte-Marguerite de Montmorency, Princess of Condé, this gown created by artist Isabelle de Borchgrave is part of a touring exhibition that will be presented at The Frick Art Museum in fall 2018.
Program Information

Isabelle de Borchgrave: Fashioning Art from Paper

Dates: October 13, 2018 - January 6, 2019
Location: The Frick Art Museum
Admission:
Members- Free
Adult non-members $15
Senior/Student/Military  $13
Youth 6–16 $8
Youth 5 and under free.


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Fall Teacher Open House
Education Center
09/25/2018 3:00 PM
Fall Teacher Open House
Teachers from throughout the region are invited to this educator-only after-school open house.
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Director's Reception
The Frick Art Museum
10/10/2018 6:00 PM
Director's Reception
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Members Preview Day
The Frick Art Museum
10/12/2018 10:00 AM
Members Preview Day
Frick members will have the opportunity to be the first to experience Isabelle de Borchgrave: Fashio...
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Docent-led Highlight Talks
The Frick Art Museum
10/16/2018 2:00 PM
Docent-led Highlight Talks
Free highlight talks Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 2:00 p.m., Fridays at 7:00 p.m.
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<em>Isabelle de Borchgrave: Fashioning Art from Paper</em>: Gallery Talks
The Frick Art Museum
10/19/2018 2:00 PM
Isabelle de Borchgrave: Fashioning Art from Paper: Gallery Talks
Join us each week as we contemplate a different exhibition work.
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Friday Evening Docent-led Highlight Talks
The Frick Art Museum
10/19/2018 7:00 PM
Friday Evening Docent-led Highlight Talks
Free highlight talks Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 2:00 p.m., Fridays at 7:00 p.m.
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<em>Cirque du Papier</em>
The Frick Art Museum
10/20/2018 1:00 PM
Cirque du Papier
Origami meets stand-up in this family friendly performance.
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<em>La F&ecirc;te du Papier</em>
The Frick Art Museum
11/01/2018 6:00 PM
La Fête du Papier
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<em>A Conversation with Isabelle de Borchgrave</em>
The Frick Art Museum
11/02/2018 7:00 PM
A Conversation with Isabelle de Borchgrave
Join Robin Nicholson, executive director of The Frick Pittsburgh, for a conversation with artist Isa...
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Frick Exhibition Readers' Series
Education Center
11/03/2018 10:00 AM
Frick Exhibition Readers' Series
Join fellow readers for an insightful discussion on books centered around themes explored in the exh...
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Adult Workshop Series: <em>Give</em>

11/04/2018 1:30 PM
Adult Workshop Series: Give
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<em>Washington and Jefferson College Camerata Singers: Music in the Era of the Medici Family</em>
The Frick Art Museum Auditorium
11/04/2018 3:00 PM
Washington and Jefferson College Camerata Singers: Music in the Era of the Medici Family
Families are welcome to join us for this free performance of Washington and Jefferson College Camera...
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An Evening with the Ballets Russes and Bodiography
The Frick Art Museum
11/10/2018 8:00 PM
An Evening with the Ballets Russes and Bodiography
Bodiography dancers bring the costumes of Les Ballets Russes by Isabelle de Borchgrave to life in an...
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Adult Workshop Series: <em>Wear</em>

11/11/2018 1:30 PM
Adult Workshop Series: Wear
Hand-make personal paper jewelry to give as gifts (or wear yourself!)
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Director's Tour
The Frick Art Museum
11/15/2018 6:00 PM
Director's Tour
Enjoy and in-depth look at the collection with a private tour led by Executive Director Robin Nichol...
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From Brussels to Pittsburgh
The Frick Art Museum
11/16/2018 7:00 PM
From Brussels to Pittsburgh
Join Sarah Hall, chief curator, director of collections, for a look at the journey of Isabelle de Bo...
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Adult Workshop Series: <em>Show</em>

11/18/2018 1:30 PM
Adult Workshop Series: Show
Create a unique, colorful paper flower arrangement with luxurious blooms that never wilt.
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Frick Exhibition Readers' Series
Education Center
12/01/2018 10:00 AM
Frick Exhibition Readers' Series
Join fellow readers for an insightful discussion on books centered around themes explored in the exh...
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