Vent des Forêts begins a new series of exhibitions at La Grande Place

2022
View of the exhibition « La Ruche », La Grande Place, Musée du Cristal Saint-Louis, 2022 © Olivier Dancy / Fondation d’entreprise Hermès
View of the exhibition « La Ruche », La Grande Place, Musée du Cristal Saint-Louis, 2022 © Olivier Dancy / Fondation d’entreprise Hermès
View of the exhibition « La Ruche », La Grande Place, Musée du Cristal Saint-Louis, 2022 © Olivier Dancy / Fondation d’entreprise Hermès
View of the exhibition « La Ruche », La Grande Place, Musée du Cristal Saint-Louis, 2022 © Olivier Dancy / Fondation d’entreprise Hermès
View of the exhibition « Cling Cling Boum », La Grande Place, Saint-Louis, 2022 © Olivier Dancy / Fondation d’entreprise Hermès
View of the exhibition « Cling Cling Boum », La Grande Place, Saint-Louis, 2022 © Olivier Dancy / Fondation d’entreprise Hermès
View of the exhibition « Cling Cling Boum », La Grande Place, Saint-Louis, 2022 © Olivier Dancy / Fondation d’entreprise Hermès
The Fondation d’entreprise Hermès draws upon a rich ecosystem of local cultural institutions to oversee the curatorial dimension of La Grande Place, Musée du Cristal Saint-Louis, under the aegis of the Cristallerie Saint-Louis. Following its partnerships with the Centre Pompidou-Metz, the 46 Nord 6 Est – FRAC Lorraine, and the Centre d’Art Contemporain – La Synagogue de Delme, the Foundation has now entrusted the programming of La Grande Place to the rural contemporary art space Vent des Forêts in the Meuse region, for a series of three exhibitions.

For the first of these, the Vent des Forêts art centre has invited Andrés Baron, born in 1987 in Bogotá (Colombia), to exhibit at La Grande Place, Musée du Cristal Saint-Louis. A graduate of the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs de Paris (France), Andrés Baron immersed himself in the life of the crystalworks, meeting with its craftspeople and exploring its archives, before creating a new ensemble of visual and sound works that dialogue with the museum’s collections. With a string of onomatopoeia as its title – “Cling Cling Boum” – this solo exhibition offers multiple tactile and sensitive interactions resulting from the manipulation of bodies, sounds and objects by the artist. His filmed performances, photographs and sound work together constitute a dreamlike language infused with the precise gestures and unique properties associated with crystal.

When it came time for artist Lionel Sabatté (b. Toulouse, 1975) to immerse himself in the world of Saint-Louis crystalware, at the invitation of the Vent des Forêts art centre, the incessant activity of the site’s craftspeople brought the metaphor of the bee and the beehive to mind. Starting from this initial impression, he created a new artistic itinerary for La Grande Place. The works that make up this ensemble draw on nature, in particular plants and bees, as well as minerals, which are essential to the art of crystalware. With this exhibition, simply entitled “La Ruche”, Lionel Sabatté extends his investigation into the living world and material transformations. Combining elements – almost residues – found in nature, he fashions a hybrid bestiary that is at once unsettling and poetic. Within La Grande Place, alongside the finest and most delicate pieces of crystalware, he deepens his reflection on the place of humans in an ever more fragile world.

Disciplines
Craftsmanship
Visual arts
Lieu
La Grande Place
Saint-Louis-lès-Bitche
France
The Foundation has entrusted the curatorial programming of La Grande Place to the rural contemporary art space Vent des Forêts.
Colombian artist Andrés Baron opens a new two-year series with his exhibition “Cling Cling Boum”.
Andrès Baron is followed by French artist Lionel Sabatté, whose exhibition “La Ruche” evokes the world of the living within the walls of La Grande Place.

Information

  • Exhibition dates
    • "Cling Cling Boum", solo show of Andrés Baron, from 21/04/22 to 19/09/22
    • "La Ruche", solo show of Lionel Sabatté, from 26/10/22 to 23/04/23
  • Practical information

    La Grande Place, Musée du Cristal Saint-Louis, France 

    Open daily
    From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., except Tuesdays
    Contact: +33 (0)3 87 06 40 04

    Admission included at no extra cost with entry to the museum

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