Pleasure and Pain: The art of shoes on display in Beijing

Updated 2018-08-01 17:47:04

The exhibition, Shoes: Pleasure and Pain, is open at the Tai Koo Li shopping center in Sanlitun, Beijing until Aug 26. [Photo/art.china.cn]

An exhibition highlighting extraordinary footwear as it appears in folklore worldwide is on display in Beijing until Aug 26.

Shoes: Pleasure and Pain is an exhibition that looks at the extremes in shoes, presenting over 140 pairs ranging from medieval footwear from the 1370s to the most elaborate designs by contemporary makers.They came from places including Africa, Asia, Europe, the Middle East and North America. It opened July 26.

Divided by five different themes-Transformation, Status, Seduction, Creation, and Obsession-the display examines the pleasure and pain shoes have brought to women, and reflects on the culture roles they embody in the history of human creativity.

A special part of the exhibition is a showcase of 14 pairs of shoes from actress and singer Karen Mok's private collection, sharing exclusive personal stories of her life and career.

The exhibition is co-organized by London's Victoria and Albert Museum and the Swire Properties. Beijing is the fourth stop on its Asian tour.

The exhibition, Shoes: Pleasure and Pain, is on display at the Tai Koo Li shopping center in Sanlitun, Beijing until Aug 26. [Photo/ art.china.cn]

Chinese celebrity Jiang Mengjie (left) poses with Lucia Savi, curator of the exhibition, Shoes: Pleasure and Pain, currently on display at the Tai Koo Li shopping center in Sanlitun, Beijing until Aug 26, 2018. [Photo/ art.china.cn]

A glass slipper is on display at the exhibition of Shoes: Pleasure and Pain, now open at the Tai Koo Li shopping center in Sanlitun, Beijing until Aug 26 [Photo/ art.china.cn]

A pair of two-toothed geta shoes, made of lacquered wood, silk and grass in Tokyo in 2016 are showcased at the exhibition, Shoes: Pleasure and Pain, at the Tai Koo Li shopping center in Sanlitun, Beijing until Aug 26. [Photo/ art.china.cn]

A pair of Agent Provocateur shoes that are red-feathered high heels made of leather, silk and stork feathers, which were released in London in 1990, are seen at the exhibition, Shoes: Pleasure and Pain on display at the Tai Koo Li shopping center in Sanlitun, Beijing until Aug 26. [Photo/ art.china.cn]

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