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Virgil Abloh: “Figures of Speech”

July 1, 2022–January 29, 2023

Great Hall, 1st Floor
Members visit free

Since the beginning of his career, the multidisciplinary work of late visionary artist and designer Virgil Abloh (Rockford, Illinois, 1980–2021, Chicago, Illinois) has reshaped how we understand the role of fashion, art, design, and music in contemporary culture. Virgil Abloh: “Figures of Speech,” developed by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, is the first museum exhibition devoted to Abloh’s work and spans two decades of his practice, including collaborations with artist Takashi Murakami, musician Kanye West, and architect Rem Koolhaas, among others; material from his fashion label Off-White; and items from Louis Vuitton, where he served as the first Black menswear artistic director.

“Like Abloh, the exhibit defies convention.”
“A reminder that art is never complete, that Abloh will live on.”
What’s Inside
Learn more about the exhibition from curator Antwaun Sargent.
Exhibition Highlights
Virgil Abloh: “Figures of Speech”
Virgil Abloh: “Figures of Speech”
Virgil Abloh: “Figures of Speech”

Installation view, Virgil Abloh: “Figures of Speech.” Brooklyn Museum, July 1, 2022–January 29, 2023. (Photo: Danny Perez, Brooklyn Museum)

Virgil Abloh: “Figures of Speech” is organized by Michael Darling, former James W. Alsdorf Chief Curator, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. The Brooklyn Museum presentation is organized by writer and curator Antwaun Sargent.

Exhibition design for Brooklyn Museum is by Mahfuz Sultan, Creative Director, Clocks, in collaboration with Tawanda Chiweshe and Francisco Gaspar, Creative and Artistic Directors of ALASKA ALASKA, and Lance Singletary, Director of Exhibition Design, Brooklyn Museum.

Exhibition design for previous iterations of “Figures of Speech” is by Samir Bantal, Director of AMO, the research and design studio of OMA.

The exhibition tour is made possible by Kenneth C. Griffin.

Major support for this exhibition is provided by

Additional support is provided by


Generous support is provided by the Brooklyn Museum’s Contemporary Art Committee. Additional support is provided by the Norman M. Feinberg Exhibition Fund and the Kay Unger Family Foundation.