Cycle of exhibitions at La Grande Place with the Centre Pompidou-Metz

22 Sep 2014
14 Mar 2016
Cristallisations - La naissance d’un ordre caché
Installation view of the exhibition "Cristallisations - La naissance d’un ordre caché", La Grande place musée du cristal Saint-Louis © Frédéric Goetz
Cristallisations - La naissance d’un ordre caché
Installation view of the exhibition "Cristallisations - La naissance d’un ordre caché", La Grande place musée du cristal Saint-Louis © Frédéric Goetz
Efflorescences
Installation view of the exhibition "Efflorescences", La Grande place musée du cristal Saint-Louis © Camille Roux
Efflorescences
Installation view of the exhibition "Efflorescences", La Grande place musée du cristal Saint-Louis © Camille Roux
Simples Gestes
Installation view of the exhibition "Simples Gestes", La Grande place musée du cristal Saint-Louis © Tadzio
Simples Gestes
Installation view of the exhibition "Simples Gestes", La Grande place musée du cristal Saint-Louis © Tadzio
In 2014, the Foundation opened a new exhibition space at La Grande Place, Musée du Cristal Saint-Louis in Saint-Louis-lès-Bitche, eastern France. The Foundation oversaw the space’s programming in partnership with a regional cultural institution, proposing a series of three exhibitions. Organised with the participation of the Cristallerie Saint-Louis, these exhibitions focused on contemporary creation, often foregrounding its links to the skills used in manufacturing processes. With the “Formes simples” exhibition on show at the Centre Pompidou-Metz, the Foundation naturally looked to extend this collaboration with the institution at La Grande Place.

Entitled “Simples Gestes” (“Simple Gestures”), the first exhibition of this series dedicated to gestures was conceived by Jean de Loisy and Sandra Adam-Couralet, respectively the head curator and associate curator of the “Formes simples” (“Simple Shapes”) exhibition at the Centre Pompidou-Metz. Each work presented at Saint-Louis reveals the expressive potential of the body in action, through gestures that embody both the most ancient and the most current aspects of our humanity. From the wearing down of a pebble manipulated in the palm of a hand (Gabriel Orozco) to the mechanical gestures of everyday life (Natacha Nisic, Ali Kazma), from the virtuoso wielding of tools (Jean-Luc Vilmouth, Guillaume Leblon) to the movements of dancers (Eva Kot‘átková, Aneta Grzeszykowska, Émilie Pitoiset), these gestures define homo faber, whether they are the elementary movements that become music or sculpture (Melik Ohanian, Jean-Marie Appriou) or those with which we swipe between the screens that have invaded our lives (Julien Prévieux).

The second instalment in this series, “Cristallisations – La naissance d’un ordre caché” (“Crystallisations – the birth of a hidden order”) drew inspiration from the context of Saint-Louis’s production and demonstration site. The exhibition’s curators, Hélène Guenin and Alexandra Müller, were inspired by the homonymy that links the material worked at Saint-Louis, glass crystal, with the naturally occurring physical formation of crystal. Referencing the work of 17th century astronomer Johannes Kepler as well as the geometric harmony essential to the working of glass crystal, they brought together works and scientific documents that deal with the emergence of coherent structure from the chaos of diffuse materials. Oscillating between chance and necessity, and evoking notions of repetition, sedimentation and crystallisation, each object echoed the “cosmopoetics” of the astronomer’s treatises.

The final exhibition in the series, also curated by Hélène Guenin, continued this immersive study of the universe of the art of crystal glass through a presentation of the work of Capucine Vandebrouck (b. France, 1985). Her personal exhibition, “Efflorescences”, consisted of a fruitful blending of material chemistry and poetic licence. The title was chosen for the multiplicity of connotations, and to reflect the involuntary poetry of her works, which emerge from the life of materials and the appearance of forms. Produced in resonance with the site, they together formed a landscape in a permanent state of metamorphosis.  

Disciplines
Visual arts
Lieu
La Grande Place, musée du cristal Saint-Louis
Saint-Louis-lès-Bitche
France
Each work in "Simples Gestes" revealed the expressive potential of the body in action.
"Cristallisations – La naissance d’un ordre caché" drew inspiration from the context of Saint-Louis’s production and demonstration site.
The works of Capucine Vandebrouck together formed a landscape in a permanent state of metamorphosis.

Informations

Exhibition "Simples Gestes"

"Simples Gestes", from 09/22/2014 to 03/01/2015

With artists: Jean-Marie Appriou, Aneta Grzeszykowska, Ali Kazma, Eva Ko’tátková, Guillaume Leblon, Natacha Nisic, Melik Ohanian, Gabriel Orozco, Émilie Pitoiset, Julien Prévieux, Jean-Luc Vilmouth.

Curators:

  • Jean de Loisy, president of the Palais de Tokyo;
  • Sandra Adam-Couralet, independent curator.

Exhibition "Cristallisations - La naissance d’un ordre caché"

"Cristallisations – La naissance d’un ordre caché", from 04/09/2015 to 11/21/2015

With artists: Guillaume Barborini, Wilson Alwyn Bentley, Benoît Billotte, Soyoung Chung, Dorothy Cross, Edith Dekyndt, François Génot, Ernst Haeckel, Ilana Halperin, Robert Hooke, Jérôme Knebusch, Jan Cornelis Mol, Ukichiro Nakaya, Jean Painlevé.

Curators:

  • Hélène Guenin, head of programming;
  • Alexandra Müller, researcher, Centre Pompidou-Metz.
Exhibition "Efflorescences"

Capucine Vandebrouck, “Efflorescences“, from 10/15/2015 to 03/14/2016

Curator:
Hélène Guenin, head of programming, Centre Pompidou-Metz.