Galerie Mitterrand is pleased to present Deborah Roberts and Niki de Saint Phalle: The Conversation Continues, from May 25 to July 22, 2023. The exhibition will be the first in France for American artist Deborah Roberts, whose latest series of painting-collages entitled Période Nègre: The Conversation Continues has been placed in a dialogue with sculptures and works on paper by Niki de Saint Phalle. The exhibition is organized in collaboration with Gardy St Fleur.
At first glance, we see Deborah Roberts and Niki de Saint Phalle taking similar innocent approaches to subjects of the greatest sensitivity. In their respective works, the viewer is drawn in by a naïve pop aesthetic that dissimulates a criticism with regard to representation. In this way, Galerie Mitterrand offers a unique dialogue between these two women artists, political activists, and charismatic figures who have fought to bring social and political justice to the most important causes of the past fifty years.
Exhibition from May 25 to July 22, 2023.
Galerie Mitterrand was founded in 1988 by Jean-Gabriel Mitterrand and is currently located in a townhouse in Paris’ Marais district. Originally dedicated to showcasing contemporary sculpture, the gallery progressively widened the scope of its program and focused on exhibiting historically significant artists who began making art from the 1960s onwards.
Since its creation, Galerie Mitterrand served as a platform for international artists in France. The gallery fostered appreciation for the work of Edi Hila, Allan McCollum, Niki de Saint Phalle, Tony Oursler, Anne and Patrick Poirier, to name but a few, and supported many others. The gallery also collaborates actively with the estates of Carlos Cruz-Diez, León Ferrari, Dennis Oppenheim, Marta Pan, Francisco Sobrino, and Keith Sonnier to shed new perspectives on celebrated bodies of work.
Galerie Mitterrand always was interested in promoting artworks deemed essential to our understanding of contemporary art. Reflecting on the rich complexity of the 21st century creative processes, the artistic programme recently expanded to a younger, more diverse, group of artists, making virtue of a dynamic intergenerational dialogue to address the many differences of a connected yet fractious world.
In 2021, a new chapter of collaborations opened with the representations of Marie Hazard, My-Lan Hoang-Thuy, Wallen Mapondera and Mamali Shafahi.
A Kassen, Agustin Cardenas, Carlos Cruz-Diez, Niki de Saint Phalle, Leon Ferrari, Morgan Fisher, Mark Handforth, Marie Hazard, Edi Hila, My-Lan Hoang-Thuy, Peter Kogler, Wallen Mapondera, Allan McCollum, Dennis Oppenheim, TOny Oursler, Marta Pan, Richard Pettibone, Anne et Patrick Poirier, Vaclav Pozarek, Katja Schenker, Mamali Shafahi, Francisco Sobrino, Keith Sonnier, Mark di Suvero, Allan Villavicencio, Fred Wilson, Rob Wynne, Raphaël Zarka