Mobile Art exhibition to show off Chanel iconic handbag

By The Associated Press

NEW YORK – A spaceship-like pavilion crammed with original artwork will land in New York’s Central Park this fall. It’s the latest stop in a worldwide advertising blitz by Chanel to pay homage to its iconic quilted handbag.

Renowned London architect Zaha Hadid was commissioned to create the 7,500-square-foot structure made of lightweight panels and fitted like a jigsaw puzzle.

Organizers say the pavilion is like a handbag, “a completely portable and functional container.”

It will house works by 15 contemporary artists who were asked to use the classic handbag – first designed in 1955 – as a “jumping off point” for their self-expression.

The exhibition, entitled Mobile Art, was conceived by fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld. It will run from Oct. 20 to Nov. 9.