Lo­ren­zo Be­ne­det­ti On Site

Art Press - - FIAC HORS LES MURS -

Ber­trand La­vier, etc. The se­cond is that we have to deal with the vast­ness of the Pe­tit Pa­lais, which is not di­vi­ded in­to small spaces as the Grand Pa­lais is for the fair. The spe­ci­fic qua­li­ties of the space guide our choice of art­works. For example, Not Vi­tal’s heads, which pro­duce a dis­tor­ted re­flec­tion of eve­ry­thing around them, will act like a black hole su­cking up the mu­seum’s gal­le­ries. This will al­so be an oc­ca­sion to create a conver­sa­tion bet­ween contem­po­ra­ry pieces and the works in the col­lec­tion. The idea of rea­lism in Cour­bet’s pain­tings, this de­sire to confront rea­li­ty, will re­so­nate with the work of La­vier, who uses thick coats of paint to co­ver or­di­na­ry ob­jects, as in Ga­veau, the grand pia­no we are sho­wing. both. Brian Grif­fith’s mo­dels of buil­dings from dif­ferent ar­chi­tec­tu­ral per­iods, from Tu­dor to Art De­co, de­cons­truct the idea of ar­chi­tec­ture by in­ter­ro­ga­ting the ques­tion of scale, es­pe­cial­ly the scale of his­to­ry and that of me­mo­ry. His struc­tures are as­so­cia­ted with per­so­na­li­ties, like the ac­tor Bill Mur­ray whose por­trait is re­pro­du­ced on a buil­ding fa­çade.

The ques­tion of scale seems im­por­tant in how we ap­pre­hend the ar­chi­tec­tu­ral theme of this ex­hi­bi­tion, es­pe­cial­ly in light of the mo­nu­men­ta­li­ty of the Pe­tit Pa­lais.

The in­ter­play of scales and pro­por­tions plays a ve­ry im­por­tant role in these gal­le­ries with their nine me­ter-high cei­lings. They­make it pos­sible to show ve­ry large works, but don’t re­quire it. Ra­ther, they pose the ques­tion of the re­la­tion­ship bet­ween the piece and the space sur­roun­ding it. For ins­tance, one of our se­lec­tions was Sil­ver La­men­to by Gon­za­lo Le­bri­ja, a sil­ver-pla­ted sta­tue of a man lea­ning on a wall, which is just six­ty cen­ti­me­ters high. But we’re al­so sho­wing mo­nu­men­tal works such as Man­fred Per­nice’s Teile & peile, a pile of ve­ry simple ar­chi­tec­tu­ral shapes, like a set of ba­sic

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