Bordeaux – Look down to your feet. Nike? Adidas? Veja? (Strong) chances are, you’ve got sneakers on. A recently opened exhibition at Bordeaux’s Musée des Arts décoratifs et du Design (MADD) explores the product’s rise to popularity, showcasing over 600 pairs of the iconic footwear in addition to archival film, photo and written content. French designer Mathieu Lehanneur was tasked with devising the scenography for the show – Playground – The Design of Sneakers – which will run until January 2021.
Lehanneur, who was assisted by designer Arthur Fosse, paid special attention to the outdoors during the project: he transformed the stately grey courtyard of the Bordeaux museum into an all-black basketball court. The scenographer’s intention was to open the exhibition up to the public, inviting visitors to interact and play with one another in the unique setting. Within the exhibition visitors find an array of colourful geometric forms displaying the range of kicks on show. These vibrant shapes are juxtaposed quite dramatically with their somber spatial context: the exhibition is held in a long-unutilized jail adjacent to MADD, with messages from past prisoners scrawled on the historic stone walls.