Art Of The Day Weekly
#17 - from 5 October 2006 to 11 October 2006
IN THE AIR
Louis Vuitton: 100 million for a foundation
PARIS – After François Pinault took over the Palazzo Grassi in Venice to set up his foundation, his great rival Bernard Arnault could not stay put for too long. He has just responded in a spectacular manner by announcing the birth in 2010 of the Vuitton Foundation for creation. It will rise over the Jardin d’Acclimatation park on the outskirts of Paris. The architect chosen is the best one currently around(or most consensual?): Frank Gehry, the creator of the Guggenheim in Bilbao or, more recently, of the Wine Town of the Marqués de Riscal cellars, in the Rioja region in Spain. One hundred million euros will be dedicated to this project that ressembles a crystal ship with all sails unfurled. The sector in which the foundation will work, as well as its objectives, still remain vague but the personnality of the woman approached for the director's position appears to guarantee quality. It is Suzanne Pagé, currently the deus ex machina at the museum of modern art of the City of Paris. The only known victim will be the bowling alley, to be sacrificed for the glory art.
DENVER , A POINTED WING
DENVER - The great city in Colorado will inaugurate this Saturday a daring extension to its Art museum. Facing the main building pierced with loopholes, built in 1971 by a great Italian (Gio Ponti), David Libeskind, the author of the war museum in Manchester and the projects for Liberty Tower at Ground Zero, has been asked to produce an architecture all in angles. Symbolically, the new building points towards the older one with a metalic outgrowth in the form of a point. The interior spaces have also been criticized for not always helping to exhibit the very rich collections presented in the new wing: Warhol, Lichtenstein, Gormley, etc. Outside a monumental Spider by Louise Bourgeois welcomes the visitors.
Blue, obviously blue
PARIS - There is one color we associate spontaneously with Yves Klein who died much too young (1928-1962), it is obviously the color blue. He generously spread it all over his nude models before they lay on the canvas and he registered a shade under the name IKB (International Klein Blue). That shade of blue made him famous but hid the rest of his personnality: his provocations with the make believe flight from his window or the immolation of the gold ingot, the symbol of capitalism (thrown into the Seine well before Gainsbourg smoked a bill of 500 francs), his work with fire, his writings. It is a rare privilege to have the right to a second retrospective at the Centre Pompidou. The artist, who died at the age of 32 from a heart attack and who wished to become as famous as Picasso, would have appreciated it.
DIJON – The representation of the bible's flood in art? That's a strong theme, that corresponds well with the beginning of the autumn, the dullness, the first chilly winds. The charming (national) Magnin museum, with its cracking wooden foors, has brought together a sample of French paintings from the XVIth to the XIXth centuries. The «founding» painting, the one Poussin worked on between 1660 and 1664, is not included but an old copy represents it. It is the time in which the event was still shown as a rigoroulsy ordered landscape painting, almost calm. The taste for terror, the distress – which are catgories of what is Sublime - characterise the awakening of the Romantic movement. When man paints the Flood it allows him to define a typology of climate catastrophes, in front of which man is only a whisp of straw, and can feel the heartrendering emotion of the horrific.
Lights of the Alps
ZURICH – The Alps from A to Z: this is more or less the aim of the exibition at the Kunsthaus that goes through centuries and disciplines. From 1600 to our day, through the prism of geology, of botanics, of map making or of tourism, dozens of privileged witnesses give their vision of the great European mountain chain. It is interesting to compare Mount-Rose seen by Alexandre Calame in 1856 to the Saint-Moritz of today retranscribed by Gerhard Richter. From peasant parties sketched by Rittmeier (in 1856 as well) to the young women in traditional costumes photographed by Roland Iselin 150 years later, the eye has certainly lost its descriptive capacity and acquired a critical or subversive dimension. Watercolors by John Ruskin (the Eiger), photos by Lartigue, drawings by Gustave Doré, paintings by Segantini or Böcklin as well as Jean-Luc Godard, Turner, Viollet-le-Duc or the very contemporary Monica Bonvicini: everyone has been interested in the Alps!
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Fred Feinsilber, books through images
PARIS – Sotheby’s is scattering a very rich collection of books on 11 and 12 October. Fred Feinsilber collected them for over half a century. It is surprising by its extreme eclecticism, including the Liber Chronicarum published in Nüremberg in 1493 as well as the mythical Jazz by Matisse in 1947 (120 000 €), with his stencil drawings. The link between all these works is the fact they are all illustrated, with a remarkable variety of techniques: lithography, xylography, prints on leather, gouache or sugar-based aquatint. This last one is by Picasso, who in a way is the star of the sale. Is that so unique? Out of 550 lots, 45 are by him, among them Saint Matorel of Max Jacob, containing his first attempts to cubism (70 000 €). But the most expensive lot – not illustrated -is the fruit of Fred Feinsilber's admiration for Albert Camus: the autographed manuscript of Mythe de Sisyphe (200 000 €).
Exit Marx, enter God
Abbas, born in Iran and residing in Paris is one of the most famous photographer from the Magnum Agency. For over a quarter of a century he has travelled the world for news. That is a short period of time but long enough for him to see the fall of the great political ideologies. What has replaced them? A reappearance of the religious feeling tha does not express itself only in Islamic countries. This trip in black and white, through the major monotheist religion, takes s from the schools of the Koran in Gresik in Indonesia to the science faculty in Cairo (a veiled woman studying with a microscope), from evangelist militants with Billy Graham to clashes in former Yougoslavia. Very few texts, but the images are often enough to show that religion is affirmed less as a message of peace than as a potential vector for violence...
BRIGHTON – The English sea resort Beau Brummel loved so will be holding its 2nd biennial photography event from 6 to 29 October.
LONDRES – The Serpentine Gallery, based in Hyde Park, will temporarily take over an industrial monument in the capital, the formerBattersea electrical plant with its four famous chimneys, waiting patiently to be transformed. As of 8 October, it will exhibit a selection of contemporary Chinese artists.
LONDRES – The Dulwich museum presents a copy of Mona Lisa. Done by a French artist from the beginning of the XVIIth century, it is famous for having belonged to the painter Sir Joshua Reynolds, who believed it was the original. Since it has been less exposed, it seems to have kept the original colors.
PARIS - A work by Brassaï, Graffiti I was sold for 206 000 € on 3 October during the first part of the sale dedicated to the photographer, organised by the Millon study. This is a new world record for the artist.
PARIS - The Parisian Sleepless Night (Nuit blanche) will be held on 7 October. One of the key events will be the lighting in blue of the place de la Concorde, a project dreamt by Yves Klein almost half a century ago.
PARIS-The «Monument jeu d’enfant» event(Monuments are a game for children), aimed at bringing the young public closer to the patrimony through a variety of animations, is organised throughout France on 7 and 8 October.
POZNAN - The famous trienial sculpture event, hosted for the last 35 years in the courtyard of the castle, brings together many artists (among them Abakanowicz, Cardinali, Coskun, Dodeigne, Subira-Puig) from 10 to 31 October
SAO PAULO – The 27t Bienial event of São Paulo will be held from 7 October to 17 December. Among the 117 artists invited we have: Adel Abdessemed, Thomas Hirshhorn, Tacita Dean.
Gorge(1) - Anguish and relief in art
ANVERS - The theme of this original exhibition at the Musée Royal des beaux-arts is the moment when there is a toppling over in art, the moment between tranquility and panic. It calls in and confronts contemporary artists (Marlene Dumas, Thierry de Cordier) and their predecesors from the XIXth and XXth centuries (Victor Hugo, Ensor, Permeke, Frida Kahlo).
Show Off ..Quite a program
PARIS- Some thirty, and - as an extra- very international, young galleries at the head of contemporary art offer a new major rendez-vous from 25 to 29 October. The video, photo and performance programs at the Espace Pierre Cardin will be very complete (during the opening night visitors may even have their hair sculpted). Collectors will come explain their procedure and the artists will debate with the public.