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Consult a preview of the programme of forthcoming exhibitions to be held in the Gallery Collection

From 20 march to 18 april 2020

Le Banquet

Luisa Maisel, Sophie Carrasco-Grimard, Alice Gavalet

In the wings of the European Artistic Crafts Days Paris, the galerie Collection is receiving three women artists. Three women with singular commitments. Their favourite materials: clay for Luisa Maisel and Alice Gavalet, wood for creator Sophie Carrasco-Grimard. For this exhibition, their work develop around one single theme: the banquet, the party, the table and its multiple arts.

In her series Another Dinner Party, Luisa Maisel pays tribute to Judy Chicago’s 1970’s feminist installation, a ceremonial banquet where each seat – 39 total – was a reference to an important woman in history.

“In 1979, at 20 years old, my mother took me to see Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. I was so impressed by the complex craft, the strength of the feminine symbolism and the royal stature of feminist art that from this moment on, I decided to become a ceramist” Luisa Maisel explains.

It was during her recent ceramics residency in Shigaraki, Japan, that she started Another Dinner Party, an ode to all women artists who have influenced her work as a sculptor. Artemesia Gentileschi, Frida Kahlo, Marina Abramovitch, Louise Bourgeois, Yayoi Kusama… Each plate and cutlery piece, dedicated to one artist, is painted and sculpted, not in the style of, but with consideration for the inspiration that the artist has provided for Luisa Maisel. This work is also a pretext to combine the three elements that constitute her work: women, handmade pieces and clay.

To accompany and complete this famous “dinner”, rebuilt by Luisa Maisel, ceramist Alice Galavet drew from her colourful and festive world. Her assemblages and combinations of materials (ceramics, metal, bronze, rope…) echo the diversities of the banquet. Same perfect match with the pots, cups and other pieces shaped by Sophie Carrasco-Grimard. Inspired by nature, the wood turner plays with textures, wounds and bruises of her raw material – of which she appreciates the raw aspect.

From 24 April to 30 May 2020

Expressions métal

Ulysse Lacoste, Karima Duchamp, Flavia Fenaroli, Paulina Okurowska

Shiny, raw, oxidised… metal offers many facets and inspires many artists. This exhibition gives pride of place to the work of 4 creators who singularly shape metal or other materials that evoke this very specific material.

As a metal sculptor pervaded with sciences, Ulysse Lacoste explores the themes of balance, gravitation and movement. He distorts, heats, casts and hammers metal, combining ancient foundry and copperwork know-hows with contemporary industrial techniques.

He plays with physics, geometry and scales to disrupt our perceptions of spaces and volumes.

Karima Duchamp’s practise is intuitive. In her Golden rocks series, the ceramist builds cut out clay slabs volumes, like crumpled origami sheets. The sculptures seem crystallised, they are like artefacts or fossils of a history, witnesses of a moment, appealing to nostalgia. The title of the series is a formal reference to Burmese golden rock: it evokes the symbolic of gold that has been present throughout the entire history of sacred art.

With her sculptures and sculpture-jewels, Flavia Fenaroli develops questions about the meaning carried by the object she is making. It becomes a contemplative space, a question, a utopia. She sees sculpture as a quest for meaning and does a unique and unprecedented work of metal transformation and melting. “Materials think and have reasons to belong into a piece, they have their own language” she says.

Smashed, cut out, engraved and assembled, slate reveals its beauty between the fingers of the artist and gives a geological aspect to her creations. She weaves links between yesterday and today using the traces of time that appear on the surface of the stone. It is almost a remembrance work through the highlighted rust and patina. Monochrome becomes polychrome, stone becomes textile or bark, mineral becomes organic.

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