Since 2016, Marion Verboom (b. France, 1983) has been continuously expanding her series Achronies: sections of columns, distinguished from each other by their patterns and materials, are stacked to create an infinite succession of composite forms. “Chryséléphantine”, the first exhibition in Belgium by this French artist, references the name of a combination of precious materials (gold and ivory) practised since Antiquity. This classical and technical reference further acts as the touchstone for the approach that Joël Riff adopts in his wider hybrid project, which is committed to celebrating sculpture in all its diversity. Marion Verboom incorporates elements from her studio into the Achronies series, including moulds that reveal her methodology by their very forms.
This solo exhibition unfolds in a generous fashion, exploring links and synergies with a number of other artists (Richard Deacon, Tjok Dessauvage, Henri Laurens, Maude Maris, touche-touche and Chloé Vernerey) whose respective approaches to art dialogue with that of Marion Verboom and open up perspectives on other practices. Beyond La Verrière, the exhibition resonates with Brussels itself: the history and heritage of the city have inspired new motifs in Marion Verboom’s oeuvre. Finally, it continues its journey in the form of a new publication featuring a serialised story penned by Amélie Lucas-Gary.