LILLE / THROUGH THE EYES OF…
“Regards sur la collection d'agnès b., 12 June-23 August, Lam, 1, Allée du Musée, 59650, Villeneuve d'Ascq, T +33(0)3 20 19 68 68, www.musee-lam.fr
Agnès Troublé aka agnès b. is not only a stylist, a gallerist – the Galerie du Jour opened in 1984 – and more recently a filmmaker, she is also a collector. At the invitation of Marc Donnadieu, director of the Lam in Villeneuve d'Ascq (close to Lille), she will be unveiling more than a 100 artworks, bringing bring into the spotlight the major themes from her collection (portrait, music, cinema, inter-connectivity between all forms of art, identity, counter-culture, memory).
L'OFFICIEL ART: The exhibition that you have curated is in the vein of the Yvon Lambert, K. and M. Ammann, Philippe Eternod & Jean-David Mermot, and Philippe Mons collections. What inspired Lam to offer its picture rails to the agnès b. collection? MARC DONNADIEU: It was above all her personality as a collector; her extreme curiosity, her sensitivity— almost fragility, her loyalty and commitment to artists, the diversity of her acquisitions, and, at the same time, her absolutely unique taste, her fondness for forms of counterculture, the underlying presence of literature, music, cinema… How were the exhibited pieces chosen, given that they make up just a hundred or so of the several thousand works in her collection? We wanted to highlight the transversal and interdisciplinary nature of the collection. We therefore selected paintings, drawings, sculptures, installations, and photographs that correspond and speak to each other, to establish constellations that override provenance, celebrity, or generation. In a way to stir up trouble, like Agnes' family name—Troublé! What themes have you privileged in developing the exhibition? The same themes that we find in all of her projects: alterity in culture and language, these wonderful `other-worlds' of Agnès! Childhood and adolescence but also sleep and dreaming, without forgetting to pay homage to gallerist Jean Fournier, where she started out, before she took over rue Quincampoix.