"Rêve d'obscur", "Over the Rainbow" & "Arweider": 3 exhibitions at La Grande Place

21 Apr 2016
8 Jan 2018
Arweider at La Grande Place
View of the "Arweider" exhibition at La Grande Place, musée du cristal Saint-Louis, 2017 © Camille Roux | Fondation d'entreprise Hermès
Arweider at La Grande Place
View of the "Arweider" exhibition at La Grande Place, musée du cristal Saint-Louis, 2017 © Camille Roux | Fondation d'entreprise Hermès
Arweider à La Grande Place
View of the "Arweider" exhibition at La Grande Place, musée du cristal Saint-Louis, 2017 © Camille Roux | Fondation d'entreprise Hermès
Over the Rainbow à La Grande Place
View of the "Over the Rainbow" exhibition at La Grande Place, musée du cristal Saint-Louis, 2017 © Camille Roux | Fondation d'entreprise Hermès
Over the Rainbow à La Grande Place
View of the "Over the Rainbow" exhibition at La Grande Place, musée du cristal Saint-Louis, 2017 © Camille Roux | Fondation d'entreprise Hermès
Over the Rainbow à La Grande Place
View of the "Over the Rainbow" exhibition at La Grande Place, musée du cristal Saint-Louis, 2017 © Camille Roux | Fondation d'entreprise Hermès
Rêve d'obscur à La Grande Place
View of the "Rêve d'obscur" exhibition at La Grande Place, musée du cristal Saint-Louis, 2017 © Camille Roux | Fondation d'entreprise Hermès
Rêve d'obscur à La Grande Place
View of the "Rêve d'obscur" exhibition at La Grande Place, musée du cristal Saint-Louis, 2017 © Camille Roux | Fondation d'entreprise Hermès
Rêve d'obscur à La Grande Place
View of the "Rêve d'obscur" exhibition at La Grande Place, musée du cristal Saint-Louis, 2017 © Camille Roux | Fondation d'entreprise Hermès
Three exhibitions held at La Grande Place Musée du Cristal in Saint-Louis. A poetic cycle dedicated to the bonds forged between a territory and its inhabitants. Where the sun meets the moon. A moment of meteorological exultation, or a journey to the land of glass and crystal.

Three exhibitions curated by 49 Nord 6 Est – Frac Lorraine in 2016 and 2017, at the invitation of the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès. One celestial theme: a journey to the sky and beyond. One place: La Grande Place Musée du Cristal in Saint-Louis. Three perspectives.

Les Etoiles Terrestres, or ‘the Earthly Stars’, is the name given to three museums and a research centre in the Pays de Bitche region of France. These three sites, dedicated to the art of glass, serve as inspiration for the first exhibition of the "Rêve d'obscur" ('Dark Dreaming') cycle, held in the heart of the Land of the Earthly Stars. This is art as an invitation to explore what is hidden, to look beyond what is visible. Moon and skull merge into one in the photographs of Eric Potevin; likewise sun and body in the work of Barbara and Michael Leisgen. A mysterious world is unveiled at the heart of our planet, in a work produced especially for the exhibition by Benoît Billotte. Meanwhile, Charwei Tsai writes a mantra on the trunk of a village tree. "Dark Dreaming" brims with poetry, and gazes longingly at the point where the sun meets the moon.

Forever looking skyward, "Over the Rainbow" welcomes artists and engineers to that strange hinterland between art and the production of everyday life. "The Rainbow" by Jingfang Hao and Lingjie Wang sits alongside "Meteorological Observations" by André des Gachons. Instruments and readings from the French meteorological office share space with Yona Friedman’s interpretation of the clouds, "Prototypes improvisés de type 'Nuages'". Formal works, collective works and mass-produced works are gathered in this exploration of the poetry of meteorology.

For the third instalment of the cycle, under the stewardship of exhibition curator Béatrice Josse, artists Julie Luzoir and Anne Delrez present "Arweider", a project that goes right to the heart of the Land of the Earthly Stars.[1] A land where the everyday lives of the people revolve around glass and crystal. The exhibition is named "Arweider", in homage to the people who spend their days manning the grindstone, the mallet or the blowing iron.[2]  The discussions, drawings, photographs and objects on display subtly narrate the story of their lives, uncovering the beauty within.

[1] Les Etoiles Terrestres – or ‘the Earthly Stars’ – is the collective name given to the Musée Lalique, the Meisenthal glassmaker’s and La Grande Place Musée du Cristal Saint-Louis.

[2] "Arweider" means ‘labourer’ or ’worker’ in Platt, a Franconian dialect spoken in the region.

Disciplines
Visual arts
Lieu
La Grande Place
Saint-Louis-lès-Bitche
France
One celestial theme: a journey to the sky, and beyond. One place: La Grande Place Musée du Cristal in Saint-Louis. Three perspectives.
Three exhibitions curated by 49 Nord 6 Est – Frac Lorraine in 2016 and 2017, at the invitation of the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès. One celestial theme.
Art as an invitation to explore what is hidden, to look beyond what is visible. Portals between land and sky.

Informations

Exhibition dates
  • "Arweider", from 07/06/2017 to 01/08/2018
  • "Over the Rainbow", from 12/15/2016 to 05/22/2017
  • "Rêve d'obscur, au pays des étoiles terrestres", from 04/21/2016 to 09/19/2016
Practical information

La Grande Place / Musée du Cristal Saint-Louis 
Rue Coëtlosquet

57620 Saint-Louis-lès-Bitche
France 

Open daily
From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., except Tuesdays (Closed on December 25 and January 1) 

Contact: +33 (0)3 87 06 40 04

Admission included at no extra cost with entry to the museum

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