Crossed Beauty in contemporary art. This exhibition will mainly be made up of major works on loan from prestigious institutions and artists, as well as a selection from the Magrez Collection: paintings, sculptures, photos, videos and installations. An ensemble of heterogeneous media to bring light to a contemporary itinerary in the salons of Chateau Labottiere, transformed into a new space of visual poetry and emotions.
curator: Ashok Adicéam
Beauty & the Beast crosses men’s and women’s views on Beauty, bringing forth the paradox of Beauty induced by the confrontation of thirty artworks.
Referring to Jean Cocteau’s eponymous film of 1946, adapted from a story written in the tradition of the French literary salons of the 18th century, Beauty & the Beast invites us to reflect on the duality of Beauty, one of art’s fundamental subjects that questions the notions of otherness, of one’s reflection in the eye of another, of the identity that is built in the strange mirror of one’s kind. This observation is particularly striking in the connection the artist has with his model, who sometimes becomes the alter ego that he needs to represent himself in the world. This double often provokes ambivalent relationships of domination and subjection, avid voracity or an insatiable quest of the singularity of oneself in the other...
It is one of the keys to understanding the famous Bernard Buffet painting, Les Oiseaux, le Rapace, 1959, that displays in a naked and perfect body the person who will become from then on the artist’s muse, the artist represented as a monstrous hawk that is devouring her. Based on this artwork, this exhibition will mainly be made up of major works on loan from prestigious institutions and artists, as well as a selection from the Bernard Magrez Collection: paintings, sculptures, photos, videos and installations. An ensemble of heterogeneous media to bring light to a contemporary itinerary of Beauty & the Beast in the salons of Château Labottière, transformed into a new space of visual poetry and emotions.
'To live upright, to respect the other, to never give up, to gain temperance', are the values that Bernard Magrez and the Institut Culturel wish to share with young artists through its exhibitions and its collection. Inscribed as an autograph on the front of the residency in neon letters, they are, in an eclectic manner, proof of the passionate view and singular experience of a man’s life, attached to the question of Beauty, to symbolism in art and the search for the universal. These are the values brought to light by the Masters and masterpieces of the Beauty & the Beast exhibition, a new journey of the Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez.
The artists of the exhibition:
Adel Abdessemed, Claire Adelfang, David Altmejd, Judith Avenel, Valérie Belin, Marie Bovo, Bernard Buffet, Mircea Cantor, Johan Creten, Wim Delvoye, Camille Henrot, Bharti Kher, Yves Klein, Rachel Labastie, Sigalit Landau, Guy Limone, Liza Lou, René Magritte, André Masson, Boris Mikhailov, Moataz Nasr, Shirin Neshat, Jean-Michel Othoniel, Paola Pivi, Martial Raysse, Germaine Richier, Raqib Shaw, Djamel Tatah, Xavier Veilhan and Yang Fudong.
With the exceptional support of the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris for the loan of Les Oiseaux, le Rapace, 1959 by Bernard Buffet, and the kind participation of Mr Budi Tek and Mr Hervé Odermatt with remarkable works from their private collections that are among the most singular in the world.
And installations in the Château’s Pavilions of the artists in residence at the Institut Culturel:
Claire Adelfang exhibits a selection of her photographic work on water in the Pavilion Gallery
Guy Limone offers a new view on the ‘sleeping beauty’ city of Bordeaux in the reception Pavilion
Judith Avenel installs her women’s busts made of earth, paraffin and material in the Garden Pavilion
Catalogue text: Paul Ardenne
Talks at the Institut Culturel Bernard Magrez
Following their huge success, the conferences continue during the exhibition Beauty & the Beast, inviting artists, collectors and cultural professionals to discuss the exhibition’s themes. Tackling questions such as Beauty in art, monstruosity, or contemporary sculpture, the public will be invited to pursue the exploration of the exhibition thanks to the intellectual input of many invited artists and personnalities, such as Guillaume Cerruti ( president of Sotheby’s), Serge Lemoine (former president of the Musée d’Orsay), Fabrice Hergott (director of the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris), Valérie Belin, Camille Henrot, Wim Delvoye, Djamel Tatah, etc.
Image: Valerié Belin, Cleome Spinosa (Spider Flower), 2010
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