Modern Express

8 Jul 2016 – 18 Sep 2016

Event times

Wednesday to Sunday from 11am to 7pm
Late nights Thursday until 9pm
January 1st and May 1st

Cost of entry

Full price: € 10
Concessions: € 7 (13-18, students,
full-time artists, over 65s)
Free for under 13s, job-seekers,
companions to disabled visitors,
members of ICOM
and Amis de la maison rouge

La Maison Rouge

Île-de-France, France


Travel Information

  • RER : gare de Lyon (A, D)
  • quai de la rapée (ligne 5) ou bastille (lignes 1, 5, 8)
  • Gare de Lyon

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Once a year,
les Amis de la maison rouge
produces a work
specifically for the patio,
by an artist it selected
the previous year.


In 2015, these Amis de la maison rouge chose Boris Chouvellon, a French visual artist. His Modern Express will be shown in the patio of la maison rouge from July 8th to September 18th 2016.

A keen observer, Boris Chouvellon concentrates on the fringes of urban space and its physical, social and human periphery. Travelling on foot, by car or by train, he navigates through frontier zones (ringroads, motorways, coastlines, waterways) then seeks to produce a representation of modern ruins which can just as easily encompass farmland as industrial zones, commercial zones or abandoned, forgotten construction sites.

All these states of the contemporary world are documented, photographed, recorded and filmed. Chouvellon proceeds by taking objects, forms or impressions from the real world and transforming them either in his studio or on-site at the exhibition venue.

Thus displaced and disconnected, these fragments take on an imaginary, dreamlike state while at the same time revealing the condition of the real world.

The vast majority of his sculptures and installations are in concrete and steel, giving them a dense, solid materiality. References to physical labour and construction are omnipresent, right up to images of concreted landscapes and videos of heavy equipment, and have become the artist’s signature. His works have an unsettling plastic force, as well as a brutal elegance that distances the observer while provoking a visual and sensitive impact. Their titles play on the meaning of words and reinforce the unexpectedly poetic aspect of the complex set of references which the artist has produced.

Modern Express

«The work, which was designed and formulated for the patio at Fondation Antoine de Galbert, plays on the surrounding architecture and its context; the ground and its geology, the walls, the bay windows, and most of all the patch of sky that visitors see when they look up, allowing their thoughts to stray… Modern Express is a mobile, hung from a bracket, that fills the proposed space in a poetic way. Positioned horizontally, from bottom to top, and held in place by chains, is a succession of concrete beams. Attached to the ends, removed from their usual context, are buckets from mechanical diggers. At once massive and fragile, this sculpture powerfully reinvents a construction system. It considers recurring themes in my work: our post-industrial, post-modern era, entropy, and ruin by anticipation.»

Boris Chouvellon, Paris, 2016.

Exhibiting artists

Boris Chouvellon


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