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Louis Vuitton Travel Book: Mars

Mars will be a imaginary travel book in the Louis Vuitton Travel Book Collection. This travel book is expected to be published at October 28, 2021.

François Schuiten is responsible for the illustrations of the book. Sylvain Tesson will write the texts 1). Sylvain Tesson, born on 26 April 1972 in Paris, is a French travel writer. A geographer by training, he chose at a very young age to undertake journeys and expeditions in often extreme conditions (crossing continents by bicycle or on foot) from which he brought back notebooks or films. Author of travel stories and books of reflection, he is the winner of numerous literary prizes, including the Goncourt short story prize in 2009 and the Renaudot prize in 2019 2).

Louis Vuitton’s Travel Book series lies somewhere between the travel journal and the sketchbook, inviting artists from around the world to create illustrations devoted to a country or a city. The collection offers a new, contemporary vision of travel, exploring both remote wildernesses and cities that never sleep while confronting an unfamiliar place with a viewpoint sharpened by the surprise of the unknown or stimulated by the pleasure of rediscovery. This vision of a place as a blank page inspires commentary that may be narrative, affectionate, satirical or picturesque through diverse modes of expression including drawing, painting, collage, contemporary art, illustration, cartoons and manga. 3)

Editions & translations

Louis Vuitton’s Travel Book series are usually published in two versions. This time there are three editions. The standard edition of 28 x 19 cm and a larger edition of 38,4 x 26,3 cm. The artist edition will be the same size as the larger edition. Except the artist edition, the editions are published in French and English.

2021MarsFrenchLouis Vuitton176HC9782369832782The standard edition (45 euros)
2021MarsEnglishLouis Vuitton176HC9782369832799The standard edition (45 euros)
2021MarsFrenchLouis Vuitton176HC9782369832850A large sized version. This edition is limited to 1,000 copies (150 euros)
2021MarsEnglishLouis Vuitton176HC9782369832867A large sized version This edition is limited to 1,000 copies (150 euros)
2021MarsFrenchLouis Vuitton176HC-This special Artist's Edition belongs to a limited edition of 30 copies, each numbered and signed by the artists. This limited edition includes a screen print by François Schuiten, colored by Jack Durieux. Numbered and signed by the artist. (Available in limited stores, price on request)

In June 2020, François Schuiten announced that he spend most of his time in confinement due to Covid-19 on making images for his book in this collection.

Schuiten: “Pour la première fois, ce sera dans une ville qui n'existe pas. Je voyage sur Mars, c'est très minéral, je suis entouré de bouquins sur Mars. C'est une immersion très rigoureuse au niveau des lumières, du climat… Il y aura 120 dessins en couleurs, j'en ai réalisé 404).

In March 2021 François Schuiten posted an image of the pack with finished drawings

I am not a great traveller. I live between Paris and Brussels, from one studio to another. My map of the world, is my drawing table“, smiles François Schuiten. ”I set off to discover Mars like an explorer, without any preconceived ideas, immersed in the pictures of the space probes, surrounded by books, maps, rock samples. I listened to the sound of the wind, observed the strata of the different minerals and the effects of light on the rocks. I ended up losing myself in the depths of canyons and in the forests of mineral spears, feeling the cold of the ice clouds, my view sometimes blurred by dust devils. Mars is not just a red planet. There is an infinite variety of geographical and geological nuances, well documented from space by satellite images and, from the ground by rover data. I wanted to offer a vision of the planet from a human perspective.“

Some sketches and images from the travel book as posted on the social medias before the release.

Cover of the artist edition