Sweets for My Sweet: The “Laurence Jenkell for Barbie” candy sculpture exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris
Jun 12, 2013
Paris, France / June 11-June 22
Laurence Jenkell, famous for her unique sweet sculptures, has been inspired by Barbie® to create 8 unique pieces for a new collection. The unique pieces from transparent Plexiglas contain over 50,000 accessories, including iconic handbags and shoes from the endless closet of the famous doll. One candy even pays tribute to the first introduced Barbie® in 1959 in her black and white swimsuit. The price for the unique pieces varies from around 12,000 € for the 80cm to 15,000 € for the 100 cm candy sculptures. Depending on the accessories used from the little style icon, the candy weighs between 3 and 5 kg.
Barbie® doll – Barbie Millicent Roberts – was “born” on March 9, 1959, in (fictional) Willows, Wisconsin. First introduced as the original Teenage Fashion Model, Barbie® doll has since had more than 130 careers, represented 40 different nationalities and collaborated with more than 70 different fashion designers. With one Barbie® doll sold every 3 seconds somewhere in the world, Barbie® remains the world’s most popular doll and a powerhouse brand among girls of all ages. Through the decades, the Barbie® brand has evolved with girls, extending into entertainment, online and more than 45 different consumer products categories. With a large social media presence on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram, Barbie® is everywhere girls are today.
About Laurence Jenkell
Born on 31 December 1965 in Bourges, Laurence Jenkell first worked in luxury hotels before focusing on her real passion: contemporary art. Self-taught, she has taken evening courses to learn about the various techniques, including charcoal, watercolour, acrylic, oil and ceramic. She quickly turned her hand to engraving and got her first big press write-up. Later, the sweet became her artistic language and one she depicts in all her art forms of painting, inclusion and sculpture. This simple object of desire is her favourite subject. Internationally acclaimed, her works are on display in museums, foundations, embassies, government offices and private collections around the world.
Mk2 cinema will screen numerous films as part of the Cinema Paradiso film festival at the Grand Palais in Paris. On the bill are numerous Barbie® events hosted under the glass roof in a very American ‘50s setting: Introductory workshops on the famous Jenkell wrapping technique offered free to children by Laurence Jenkell (12, 15 16, 19 and 22 June). Each child can take away his or her own creation. Souvenir photographs with Barbie®
An exhibition of Barbie® and Ken® collectible dolls representing famous American movie actors from the ‘50s (Grace Kelly, Liz Taylor, James Dean, Elvis Presley, etc.)