After a scorching summer, October was the hottest month since records began back in 1945. These upheavals, which continue to increase and prematurely exceed irreversible thresholds, are also accelerating reflection and artistic creation. The idea of fragility takes up an important place in the French current art scene, being at the heart of the 16th edition of the Biennale de Lyon entitled Manifesto of Fragility, which runs until the end of December (see our article). Institutions, foundations, galleries and museums are overturning the place of “nature” in art to shift the stakes to a relationship with the “living”, thus challenging an overly prevalent anthropocentrism. In this selection of 23 exhibitions, the living, the humus and the organic dialogue with the artificial and the digital, drawing a new symbiosis with humans.
Here is a selection of exhibitions in Île-de-France and in the region.
Since October 15, “Zoosphères” at the Domaine de Chamarande has been hosting the duo Art Orienté Objet (Marion Laval-Jeantet and Benoît Mangin), pioneers of ecological art for thirty years. The Superflex collective, created at the same time in Sweden and equally committed to the environment, is exhibited at La Maison du Danemark. Through “There Is No Such Thing as Bad Weather”, the famous Swedish trio explore climate change through three approaches: Technocentric, Anthropocentric and Ecocentric.
After “Nous, les arbres” (We, the trees), the Fondation Cartier puts the tree back in the spotlight with his accomplice, the “artist-sower” Fabrice Hyber, who is the subject of a major monograph from 8 December. Entitled “La Vallée”, this exhibition bears the name of a forest with hundreds of different species, sown thirty years ago by the artist in Vendée. The exhibition brings together more than sixty paintings, covering all fields of knowledge: history, mathematics, the body, mutations, biodiversity, etc.
Fauna is at the heart of the exhibition “Musicanimale – Le grand bestiaire sonore”, at the Philharmonie de Paris, which deals with the living and its influence in the history of art (Tomás Saraceno, Julien Salaud, Bernie Krause…), as well as animal sounds: the song of birds, the rustle of insects, the roar of whales, the howl of the wolf… A great way to learn about biodiversity and the future of the species around us.
At the Fondation Louis Vuitton, Lydia Ourahmane presents her installation “Tassili”, an ode to the exceptional mountain site of Tassili n’Ajjer in the Sahara desert. A place where animal and plant life have been greatly disrupted and which has gradually transformed this site into a mineral desert.
The Art Center La Terrasse in Nanterre presents a double program, one dedicated to the practice of Lélia Demoisy with an exhibition entitled “Entre les deux rives de l’île fleurie” (Between the two shores of the flowery island) and the other devoted to Thierry Boutonnier, the artist behind the exhibition-installation “Where Do The Lights Go?”.
At Poush, the exhibition “The farmer, the researcher and the believer. Chapters I & II” inaugurates a long-term reflection on the landscape, and on what agriculture says about our relationship with the world. A poetic invitation, carried out in several stages, in which the works of Noémie Goudal, Sara Favriau, Wiktoria and Anne-Charlotte Finel (the latter three having won the Planète Art Solidaire Prize) are exhibited.
In the MAIF Social Club space, the group exhibition, “Le Chant des Forêts”, brings together the work of artists: Florian Mermin (winner of the Planète Art Solidaire prize), Tatiana Wolska and Romain Bernini. Mythological, political, social and religious, the forest is approached here as a space for reflection that crystallizes all contemporary issues.
In a more classical way, at Centre Pompidou, the graphic art gallery presents 241 drawings by Giuseppe Penone, bequeathed by the artist. This ensemble offers a unique approach to the artist’s practice, which makes the tree a favourite theme.
Finally, two more historical exhibitions provide a better understanding of the place of fauna and flora in the decorative arts and history. From Bernard Palissy to Johan Creten via Elsa Guillaume, the Manufacture de Sèvres shows their significance in “Formes Vivantes”, with nearly 350 works. For its part, “Un bestiaire japonais, vivre avec les animaux à Edo-Tokyo (XVII-XIX siècle)” (A Japanese bestiary, living with animals in Tokyo (XVII-XIX century) unveils its place in Japanese culture at the Maison du Japon.
In the Parisian galleries:
After a summer that was the scene of many forest fires, the Horae Gallery puts the forest in the spotlight with the exhibition “De l’esprit des forêts”, which brings together seven artists around Francis Hallé, famous botanist specialist of primary forests: Anna l’Hospital, Pascal Mouisset, Josée Le Roux, Florian Mermin…
The Marguerite Millin Gallery offers its second solo exhibition to Sarah Trouche, who questions hair as a weapon of protest and ecological repair (it is used to clean oil, for example) in her exhibition “HAIRS/HER”. This exhibition also hosts a work in homage to the current Iranian revolt.
The exhibition “Feu!” marks the creation of the See gallery, with ten artists, including: Marion Flament, Anne Commet, Vladimir Skoda, Bianca Lee Vasquez… who reveal a fire that illuminates, warming as much as it burns.
At the Michel Rein Gallery, Maria Thereza Alves exhibition “On Remembering for a Future” offers the opportunity to discover her new portable gardens and carpets with floral decorations, inspired by the Middle East. Once again, this great Brazilian figure of ecological art, shows her unique ability to make flowers talk about history and geopolitics.
Finally in the Parisian galleries, although you’d better hurry up, the Julie Caredda gallery hosts the exhibition “La Caverne” presents a solo exhibition of the artist Jonathan Bréchignac (the show closes on December 30). A visual, sensory, gustatory and sound experience in which the artist’s cave has become a total work of art.
With Luma, Agir pour le Vivant and soon the Thalie Foundation, Arles is becoming a stronghold of the link between art and the environment in France. Since November 11, at the Vincent Van Gogh Foundation, a group exhibition “Nature Humaine – Humaine Nature”, brings together the work of prestigious artists such as Pamela Rosenkranz and Otobong Nkanga. Questioning the position of the human in front of his environment, the exhibition also explores the impact of the digital and the artificial on the human body.
At the Centre d’Art Le Portique in Le Havre, Michel Blazy makes the making of humus the main subject of his exhibition “Six pieds sur Terre”. A sensory experience renewing with the living, with a magic carpet which is discovered “by the feet”!
As part of the Nice Arts Biennial, the MAMAC highlights the plant through the exhibition “Devenir Fleur”, with the works of 30 artists including Bianca Bondi, Anaïs Tondeur, (winner of the Planète Art Solidaire Prize), Uriel Orlow, Nils Udo and Zheng Bo… Also to be discovered at the MAMAC Contemporary Gallery: Irene Kopelman’s collaboration with two research laboratories on the regeneration of marine models.
In Roubaix, the great innovator William Morris is invited to contribute to the reflection on the role of the decorative arts in the service of a committed vision of society, where the arts enter into harmony and contribute to concrete social and ecological progress.
Florian Mermin wonderfully perpetuates this approach linking decorative arts and the environment in a solo exhibition: “A Morning of Flowered May” at the Fondation espace écureuil.
Alice Audouin, Hélène Geber, Pauline Lisowski
Exhibitions mentioned in this article:
- Zoosphères, solo show Art Orienté Objet, Domaine de Chamarande (Essonne), from October 15, 2022 to February 12, 2023
- There Is No Such Thing as Bad Weather, Maison du Danemark, from November 18 to January 29, 2023
- La Vallée, Monograph by Fabrice Hyber, Fondation Cartier, from 8 December 2022 to 30 April 2023
- Musicanimale, Philharmonie de Paris, from September 20 to January 29, 2023
- Le chant des forêts, group exhibition, MAIF Social Club (Paris), from October 1, 2022 to July 22, 2023
- La Vie Enchevêtrée,Fondation LAccolade, from November 17 to 30, 2022
- Tassili, film by Lydia Ourahmane, Fondation Louis Vuitton (Paris), from October 7, 2022 to January 23, 2023
- Entre les deux rives de l’île fleurie, solo show Lélia Demoisy, La Terrasse (Nanterre), from October 15 to December 17, 2022
- Où vont les lumières ?, solo show by Thierry Boutonnier, La Terrasse (Nanterre), from October 1 to December 17, 2022
- Le paysan, le chercheur et le croyant. Chapitres I & II, Poush, from October 21 through January 6, 2023
- Dessins, Giuseppe Penone solo show, Centre Pompidou (Paris), from October 19 to 2022 to March 6, 2023
- Formes Vivantes, Manufacture de Sèvres reunited, from November 9 to May 7, 2023
- Un Bestiaire Japonais, Maison de la culture du Japon in Paris, from November 9, 2022 to January 21, 2023
- L’esprit des forêts, group exhibition, Galerie HORAE (Paris), from September 30 to December 8, 2022
- HAIRS/HER, solo show Sarah Trouche, Galerie Marguerite Millin, from October 19 to December 3, 2022
- FEU!, group show, See Marais (Paris), from November 3, 2022 to January 8, 2023
- On Remembering for a Future, Michel Rein, from October 15 to November 26, 2022
- La Caverne, solo exhibition by Jonathan Bréchignac, from November 22 to December 3, 2022
- Manifesto of Fragility, 16th Lyon Biennial, Lyon, from September 14 to December 31, 2022
- Nature humaine – Humaine nature, Van Gogh Foundation, Arles, November 11, 2022 – April 10, 2023
- Six pieds sur Terre, solo show Michel Blazy, Le Portique, Le Havre, from October 1 to December 18, 2022
- Devenir fleur, Becoming a flower, group show, MAMAC, Nice, from November 10, 2022 to April 30, 2023
- Marine Models. Drawing regeneration, Irène Kopelman, MAMAC (Nice), from 24 September 2022 to 2 April 2023, see our article
- De la nature, Grenoble Museum, Grenoble, from October 22, 2022 to March 19, 2023
- L’art dans tout, William Morris, (1834-1896), la Piscine Roubaix, Roubaix, from 8 October to 8 January 2023
- Un matin de mai fleuri, solo show Florian Mermin, Fondation Espace Écureuil pour l’art contemporain, Toulouse, from November 4 to December 24, 2022
Other exhibitions to see:
- Outremonde, the third chapter of the triptych “OUTREMONDE” by the artist Théo Mercier, Conciergerie Paris, from October 14 to January 8, 2023
- Stère, Vincent Laval, Maison des arts de Châtillon, from 16 September to 11 December 2022, see our article
- Le cran vous dés(s)ape comme un petit ver tout nu, Sara Favriau, Maison des Arts de Malakoff, from 27 June 2022 to 4 December 2022, see our article
- VIVANT, group exhibition, GoodPlanet Foundation, from April 9 to December 18, 2022
- Nous sommes tous des lichens, group exhibition, Musée d’art contemporain de la Haute-Vienne, Château de Rochechouart, from October 7 to December 15, 2022
- Manger les fleurs, group exhibition, Galerie Sono, from November 4 to December 17, 2022
- Nature // Natures, group exhibition, Loo & Lou Gallery, from September 23 to December 23, 2022
- Pierres secrètes, solo show Sophie Hélène, Creux de l’enfer, Thiers, from October 15 to February 26, 2022
- Hypothèses végétales, Marinette Cueco, Musée de l’Hospice Saint-Roch, Issoudun, from October 1 to December 30, 2022
- Des foules, des peuples, des créatures, duo show Carmen Perrin et Virginie Delannoy, Musée Saint Léger, Soissons, from October 14, 2022 to January 29, 2023
- La Ruche, solo show Lionel Sabatté, La Grande Place, Musée du Cristal de Saint-Louis, Saint-Louis-lès-Bitche, from 26 October 2022 to 3 April 2023
- L’heure intime du Monde, Solo show Yann Bagot, Robert Dantec gallery, from October 28 and December 17, 2022
- Chasseurs de tempêtes, group show, La Passerelle, Brest, from October 14, 2022 to January 14, 2023
- Les 3 Pôles, solo show of Vincent Munier, Musée de la Photographie, Nice, from October 15, 2022 to January 15, 2023
- Pluie sur mer, solo show Minia Biabiany, Le Grand Café, Saint-Nazaire, from October 8 to December 31, 2022
- La conscience de l’eau, duo show by Rune Guneriussen and Maud Louvrier-Clerc, Maison de la Norvège, Paris, from October 18 to November 30 2022
- Destination de nos lointains, monograph by François Réau Fondation Bullukian, from September 14 to December 30, 2022
- Les Haies, by Joël Auxenfans, la Petite Galerie, Les Tanneries, Amilly, from 8 October to 4 December 2022
- Allégories périssables, solo exhibition by Rodrigo Braga, Galerie Salon H, from November 4 to January 21, 2023
Impact Art News, October-November 2022 #40
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Cover: Art Orienté Objet, Un aigle et une colombe se transforment l’un dans l’autre ou La chasse mazzera, 2013, View of the exhibition “Zoosphères” at the Domaine départemental de Chamarande – Photo : Département de l’Essonne/François Lauginie – © Art Orienté Objet, 2022