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We knew architect Zaha Hadid's Mobile Art spaceship for Chanel would touch down in Manhattan sometime this fall, but now it seems the high-concept traveling show is going to miss Fashion Week altogether. Mobile Art will open October 20 in the Rumsey Playfield at 70th Street following stints in Tokyo and Hong Kong. As our friends at Curbed point out, this a first for New York: Hadid's never built anything here before.
Inside the sinuous, high-tech space, 15 contemporary artists show works inspired by Chanel's quilted 2.55 bag, including "a giant Pop Art-style quilted handbag lined with pink fur" which contains "a makeup compact in which you can view a video of women shooting handbags with guns." The show is free, much like Christo's Gates or Olafur Eliasson's waterfalls (although those didn't have quite as much product placement). Chanel donated something in the low seven figures to the park, which will put the money to botanical use.
·A 7,500-Square-Foot Ad for Chanel, With an Artistic Mission [New York Times]
·Zaha Hadid's Orb of Insanity to Touch Down in October [Curbed]
·Specs and Speculation on Chanel's Mobile Art Container [Racked]