With flowers in bloom everywhere, Léa Chauvel-Lévy invites a dozen artists within the Galerie Papillon to interpret the flower as a form and sign. The exhibition Leurs printemps questions its contemporary representation and displays mutations and changes of state within the space. Artificial for Pierre Ardouvin, designed as an almanac for Stéphane Calais, freshly picked and then coated with resin by Alice Robineau and still alive with My-Lan Hoang-Thuy..., the flowers here reactivate secular and sacred symbols each in their own way. Featuring installations, paintings, drawings, photographs and ceramics, Leurs printemps is a connecting point and the intersection of several ideas: the flower in the Anthropocene era, the flower as a formal grammar and finally the flower as pleasure, sensuality and uncertain desire.
Galerie Papillon is recognized for its personal editorial line, its commitment to the French art scene (C. Boch – Drawing Now Prize 2014; Berdaguer&Péjus – Ricard Prize 2007) and its sensitivity to drawing (G. Chotard – Drawing Lab 2018; F. Loutz – nominated Guerlain Prize 2008). Managed by Marion Papillon since 2007, the gallery brings together artists that have a common sense of poetry, irony and boldness (E. Sahal – La Monnaie de Paris 2018; D. Trenet – Centre Pompidou 1997). The development of its team relies also on foreign artists (J. Pérez – Venice Biennale 2011; T. Woslka – Palais de Tokyo 2014). Founded in 1989 by Claudine Papillon, the gallery also benefits from a history of working with iconic artists (E. Dietman, S. Polke, D. Roth).
Berdaguer&Péjus / Grégoire Bergeret / Günter Brus / Cathryn Boch / Gaëlle Chotard / Céline Cléron / Erik Dietman / Luka Fineisen / Hreinn Fridfinnsson / Lotta Hannerz / Joël Kermarrec / Charles Le Hyaric / Frédérique Loutz / Javier Pérez / Raphaëlle Peria / David Raffini / François Ribes / Dieter Roth / Jean-Claude Ruggirello / Elsa Sahal / Linda Sanchez / Jana Sterbak / Didier Trenet / Vassiliki Tsekoura / Tatiana Wolska