Fifty High Seasons - Shane Lynam
In 1963, President Charles de Gaulle initiated a regional development plan, known as Mission Racine, which transformed a portion of the wild and windy coastline between Montpellier and Perpignan into a series of seaside resorts. These final incarnations of the 30 Glorieuses, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, were built in the 1960s and fascinate by their worrying strangeness. Avant-Gardistes for the time, the proud and monumental «resorts» of yesterday erected by the young architectural guard today have the ostentatious charm of anachronism. Through her series Fifty High Seasons, Shane Lynam intends to take a look at this region from the margins, a necessary perspective that emanates from the clichés of holidays on the French Riviera and offers those who watch it an image between lightness and unreality, landscapes where people pass but do not stay.
Fallimagini, géographies et sentiments - Guillaume Constantin
«Fallimagini»: «image makers» or more precisely the manufacturers of effigies or ex-voto wax in the 13th century in Italy. Behind this term, the pieces presented are all replicas of works or artifacts related to different models and other women who have disappeared from the history of art, from Marie-Madeleine to the Unknown of the Seine, the Ophélia de Millais and Agnès Sorel. So many bodies, so many diffracted fragments that act as iconic landmarks and directly echo a series of sentimental geographies also presented in the exhibition. A new cartography of the artist’s work then appears, resolutely personal and anachronistic, in which each component relates, in reaction to the other.
Open since December 2008 and located near the Pompidou Centre, Galerie Bertrand Grimont represents both French and international artists. Using a broad range of mediums covering painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, photography and video, each of these artists has developed a rigorous body of work, sometimes fed by other fields such as design and architecture. Beyond any demonstration, the gallery is committed to showing artwork which, through a specific culture of materials and of the body, questions our relationship with reality. The gallery develops its projects in two different and complementary exhibition spaces that illustrate the different lines of the programming: a prospective line, a line of support to the artists represented by the gallery, and a line of engagement inside the contemporary art scene thanks to many partnerships and the recognition of the professional expertise of the gallery’s team. Parallel to the gallery and in its wake, I am developing an enhanced, more generous, more open and ever more uncomplicated model. It is with this in mind that we have taken over the space at 43 rue de Montmorency, formerly the Anne de Villepoix gallery. Espace Bertrand Grimont was born from the desire to forge new approaches, a vision shared with Ramiro Soler Leonarte and Jacques Font, long-time friends and also co-founders of the place. new commitment: to chisel an instinctive, hybrid programming. Just like the place. Crossing genres and people for a more lively, human experience. To overcome the current divisions for a more collaborative alternative,. The Espace Bertrand Grimont will soon be unveiled.