The Mad Hatter`s Wardrope exhibition by Alan Hranitelj
Twenty display cases from the Mad Hatter’s Wardrobe exhibition are displayed in the Justus Lipsius building from July to December 2021, while there are photographs of all 36 display cases on display in the Europa building and on Alan Hranitelj official website, through which the artist, in his own unique and recognisable way, expresses the EU motto "united in diversity".
About author and the Mad Hatter`s Wardrobe Exhibition
For over thirty years, the Slovenian costume designer Alan Hranitelj has been designing for plays, operas, classical ballet, contemporary dance, film and exhibitions. His opus so far includes over 400 costume designs and collaborations on various artistic projects.
He has won numerous awards for his work, both at home and abroad. In 2020, he received the highest national award for cultural achievements, the Prešeren Fund Award, for his retrospective exhibition Parallel Worlds 2006–2019.
Part of this exhibition, called the Mad Hatter's Wardrobe, shows the author's insight into the the infinitely colourful world of patterns, materials, structures and reflections. The author has created an entire universe from classic, mostly monochromatic men's shirts, waistcoats, ties, shoes, hats and cuff links. He upgraded, modified and completed his existing fabric samples with various geometric shapes using computer technology. They intertwine with numerous images drawn from the plant and animal world. Each piece comes alive within its own pattern. With the help of duplication and mirrors they seem to undulate in all directions, having a magical and psychedelic effect on our senses, taking us to parallel worlds.
In the making of the Mad Hatter's Wardrobe, Alan Hranitelj has outdone himself by combining the artisanal perfectionism of handicraft and his exceptional artistic skills.