A cycle in ten chapters, “like a vast exhibition spread over time”. A theme that explores the duality of the figure of Marcel Duchamp, at once conceptual artist and obsessive artisan.
The first cycle of exhibitions curated by Guillaume Désanges at La Verrière, "Des gestes de la pensée" ("Gestures, and thought, 2013-2016") begins with a collective exhibition. In and among a collection of ‘Duchampian’ items – the box in a suitcase, a green box, a pocket chess set, a sink plug and other tools – ten artists present works influenced by the artistic expression of Marcel Duchamp. Favourite objects, crafted out of sight, unrestricted by time, free from fashion. Between conceptual art and “subverted craftsmanship”.
This is followed by nine exhibitions showcasing different artistic approaches. From the nomadic (Nil Yalter) to the spacious (Ann Veronica Janssens and Michel François). Distant meditations, from Irène Kopelman’s chiral garden to AGENCE’s ‘objects’, part-cabinet of curiosity part-legal archives. One shared journey of artistic techniques, between gesture and thought, from photography to embroidery, from installation to video, from sculpture to the written word. Playing with materials, from shagreen to polystyrene – in the case of Hubert Duprat –, from fabric to paper, from objects to aluminium sheets. All displaying an obsession for the finishing touch, and a direct, subtle and unspoken affiliation with the spirit of Marcel Duchamp.