In the constitution of the collection of the Frac Haute-Normandie, since 1983, black occupies a place of choice across different mediums: painting, drawing, the artist book and also photography and video. To highlight this singular presence of black, the Frac has called on the trend office of Lidewij Edelkoort. As a studio researching trends, Studio Edelkoort and Trend Union predict, declare, analyse, and formulate trends to aid industry and brand-positioning. The work of Lidewij Edelkoort consists of trend books which assemble images, textiles, texts, motifs, drawings…
For 2013 and the years to come, Lidewij Edelkoort has precisely predicted in these books, a resurgence of frenetic forms, a return to the fantastic and the disturbing, phenomenons that give the colour black a predominant importance once again.
It is based on this forecast and presentations made in her Paris showroom that Lidewij Edelkoort and her studio imagined the exposition “Code noir.” Through this collaboration, Frac Haute-Normandie intends to pose the question of the influence of fashion and the economy in our understanding of art while opening perspectives of the relationship between the visual arts and the zeitgeist, trends and the evolution of tastes.
Director of the Frac Haute-Normandie