EXCLUSIVE: Antwerp Museum to Showcase Photographer Willy Vanderperre


Putting the spotlight on an accomplished image maker, Antwerp‘s fashion museum is dedicating a spring exhibition to Belgian photographer Willy Vanderperre.

“Willy Vanderperre Prints, Films, a Rave and More…” is to open April 27 and run through Aug. 4 at the MoMu – Fashion Museum Antwerp.

According to the museum, the exhibition will highlight “how Vanderperre’s fascination with youth has been a motivational force for almost three decades.”

The photographer said youth represent “the purest sense of being” in their search, and sometimes struggle, to figure out who they are, and the discoveries made along the way. “Youth represent the future – they bring change, demand it almost,” he said.

The photographer is probably best known for his years of collaboration with designer Raf Simons and stylist Olivier Rizzo.

He has also lensed campaigns for fashion houses including Dior, Prada and Carolina Herrera beside his editorial work for such magazines as AnOther Magazine, Dust, i-D, Perfect, Vogue and W.

Interspersed with about 250 photos will be collectibles, a few T-shirts and artworks that have inspired Vanderperre and influenced his visual universe, including “The Tormented Self-Portrait” by Ashley Bickerton, which depicts an array of consumer brands. “Logos as a time capsule and a reference to a person” is how Rizzo interprets the piece.

Vanderperre, who is curating the display in concert with MoMu’s Romy Cockx, said he hopes the artworks and photos will help people have a better “understanding of my world.”


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