JEAN-BAPTISTE BERNADET / SEBASTIAN BURGER / LAURENT DA SYLVA / MARC DESGRANDCHAMPS / ANTOINE DONZEAUD / THOMAS FOUGEIROL / BERNARD FRIZE / HR GIGER / GREGOR HILDEBRANDT / MOTOKO ISHIBASHI / JAN KOCH / LE GENTIL GARÇON / ELLA MIEVOVSKY / ANNE NEUKAMP / EVA NIELSEN / HANNU PRINZ / RENAUD REGNERY / SAMUEL RICHARDOT / CLÉMENT RODZIELSKI / FABIEN VILLON
At the birth of Modern art, choice has been made to showcase artworks in a clean and white space, with uniform and cold lighting. Brian O’Doherty showed how contemporary art space has been designed. How would fit today’s paintings exhibited like a 19th century Salon ? What was the logic of perception of each canvas among so many of them all over the walls?
This set of works, without any framework, will communicate with form but no longer with background. The selected artists work with painting in a broad sense, in pure or mixed technique, as a surface of experimentation and interrogation. Some artists do not use painting as a material but the technique or the pictorial qualities refer to painting. No desire to represent a style or a genre, only the contemporary period of the gathered, avoiding any hierarchization. The artists exposed French and foreign are at the same time confirmed, emerging or still unrecognized in the art world. Some have already participated in our previous exhibitions, others come to enrich this fictional collection.
Beyond a historical reconstruction, twenty artists are invited to exhibit in a free interpretation of a 19th century painting’s salon with furniture which favor the exchange between the visitors. Sitting, observing, meeting and interacting are important actions. On the floor, Berber carpets replace the Persian carpets that could be found at that time in some salons. Less loaded and ornamented, it look like contemporary abstract paintings and resonate with the paintings. The space becomes an immersive and felted place, leaving the visitor drawing his own links between the works. This exhibition pursues one of our constant issue of inhabited space as exhibition space.