A series of exhibitions at La Grande Place in partnership with the Frac Lorraine

21 Apr 2016
8 Jan 2018
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
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
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
In 2016 and 2017, the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès invited 49 Nord 6 Est – Frac Lorraine to develop a series of exhibitions at La Grande Place, Musée du Cristal Saint-Louis in Moselle. This series featured three successive collective exhibitions that invited visitors to look skywards and towards distant horizons as well as to pay close attention to the stories hidden behind each crystal object.

After the Centre Pompidou-Metz, 49 Nord 6 Est – Frac Lorraine became the second regional cultural institution to be invited to curate a series of exhibitions at La Grande Place, Musée du Cristal Saint-Louis in Saint-Louis-lès-Bitche.

Entitled “Rêve d’obscur. Au Pays des Étoiles terrestres” (‘Dark Dreaming: In the Land of Earthly Stars’), the inaugural exhibition of the series was conceived as an invitation to travel. Throughout the ages, humans have always studied and mapped the sky, its stars and its constellations, as well as the Earth, its mountains and its oceans. The works featured in this exhibition, drawn from the collections of 49 Nord 6 Est or produced by artists for the occasion, offered a variety of sensitive responses to scientific and geographic data. A loss of bearings (Neal Beggs, Éric Poitevin), spiritual experiences (Barbara & Michael Leisgen, Charwei Tsai), working on the moon (Bill Henson), and measures of the world itself (Benoît Billotte, Jingfang Hao & Lingjie Wang, Katrin Ströbel) offer an array of propositions through which we might reinterpret our environment.

“Over the Rainbow”, the series’ second instalment, offered a weather forecast suffused with poetry. Scientists, amateurs and craftspeople joined artists to unveil the secrets of time in an exhibition that went far beyond the usual terrain of contemporary art. Playing with their virtuosity and their technical knowledge, participants proposed works that were immaterial (Jingfang Hao & Lingjei Wang, Benoît Billotte), collective (Yona Friedman) or serially produced, such as Épinal prints or a number of objects created by CIAV – Meisenthal. Some of the creations on show were not originally conceived for exhibition, such as Bravais’s theodolite and the Observations météorologiques of André des Gachons. Blurring the boundary between works of art and the productions of everyday life, the exhibition offered a deconsecrated vision of art.

The final exhibition of the series was dedicated to a major participative project based around the stories and the lives of several “arweider” (a term meaning “workers” in the local dialect, Platt). Over the course of ten months, Lorraine artists Anne Delrez (b. 1971, France) and Julie Luzoir (b. 1986, France) met with craftspeople from the region’s glass and crystal workshops. In the intimacy of these craftspeople’s homes, the artists led a series of discussions before inviting each participant to contribute their life stories, objects, photographs, medals and drawings to the exhibition. A sound work that drew on the numerous stories collected by the artists complemented the objects on display, for a presentation that shed precious light upon the stories and tastes hidden in the workshops of the Lorraine region.

Disciplines
Visual arts
Lieu
La Grande Place
Saint-Louis-lès-Bitche
France
In 2016 and 2017, the Foundation invited the Frac Lorraine to develop a series of exhibitions at La Grande Place.
The three collective exhibitions that made up the series presented works of art alongside different kinds of objects.
The final exhibition of the series featured a participative project carried out with artisans from the glass and crystal workshops.

Informations

Exhibition dates
  • “Rêve d’obscur. Au Pays des Étoiles terrestres”, from 21/04/2016 to 19/09/2016
    Neal Beggs, Benoît Billotte, Jingfang Hao & Lingjie Wang, Bill Henson, Barbara & Michael Leisgen, Éric Poitevin, Katrin Ströbel, Charwei Tsai.

    Curated by 49 Nord 6 Est – Frac Lorraine, Metz
  • “Over the Rainbow”, from 15/12/2016 to 22/05/2017
    Benoît Billotte, Yona Friedman, Jingfang Hao & Lingjie Wang, Les Archives Météo France (André des Gachons), le Centre International d’Art Verrier, Meisenthal (Mendel Heit, Atelier CIAV – Meisenthal), Le Musée de l’Image – Ville d’Épinal (Images d’Épinal).
    Curated by Béatrice Josse
     
  • “Arweider”, from 06/07/2017 to 08/01/2018
    Anne Delrez, Julie Luzoir and the region’s inhabitants.
    Curated by Béatrice Josse
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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