CHARLES DE BRUYÈRES INVITE…
OPENING NIGHT ON FRIDAY NOVEMBER 23rd 2018
MUEUM OPENING HOURS: January to Mars: 2 to 6 pm (close on Sunday)
April: 2 - 6 pm
May to September: 10 -12 am & 2 - 6 pm
November to December: 2 - 6 pm
Museum director : Aurélien Vacheret | 03 29 62 59 14 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Curator of the exhibition : Annie Tremsal | 06 37 78 77 75 | email@example.com
CHARLES DE BRUYÈRES INVITES YOU…
Group exhibition presenting original works by fifteen contemporary artists who have specially created or chosen a work related to an art piece from the Charles de Bruyère Museum collection:
- Simone Adou, Claude Anheim, Odile Anheim, Robert Arnoux, Clair Arthur, Lysa Bertholom, Mirjam Bijvank, Stéphane Galmiche, Sidonie Hollard, Simone Pheulpin, Emmanuel Pierrot, Claude Semelet, Jean-Pierre Sergent, Annie Tremsal, Mario Zanchetta -
A small exhibition of the artists works will be also on display at the Cultural Center Gilbert Zaug, 18 Rue de la Franche Pierre, from the 23rd to the 28th of November 2018.
THE ARTWORKS FROM THE MUSEUM
- #1, Adam et Ève, etching on cooper by Albrecht Dürer, 26 x 20 cm, 1504
- #2, Adam et Ève, Maarten de Vos, oil on wood, 25 cm x 19,3 cm, Collection Charles Friry (1802-1881).
THE ART PRINT OF JEAN-PIERRE: "ÈVE, ADAM & LES GRAFFITIS"
- Jean-Pierre Sergent, Ève, Adam & les graffitis, acrylic hand silk-screened on Rives B.F.K. paper, 58 x 39 cm, New York, 1995.
STATMENT ABOUT THE EXHIBITED PRINT
"ÈVE, ADAM & LES GRAFFITIS"
It was while talking on the phone with Annie Tremsal the curator of the exhibition, that the almost obvious idea came to me to present next to the beautiful painting Adam and Eve (by Maarten de Vos, 18th century and painted after the copper plate engraving by Adam and Eve of Albrecht Dürer, 1504), my small silkscreen print "Eve, Adam & the graffitis” (58 x 39 cm), completed in New York in 1995.
In the background, we can see the image of a limestone relief representing also Adam and Eve, where Eve crunches the forbidden apple with strength, desire and conviction and Adam bearded, looks at her a little stunned, not really present. I photographed this image in France, in a museum or in front of a cathedral, perhaps Notre-Dame in Paris, I can’t remember exactly were? Then, a Japanese erotic graffiti is superimposed on it in bold red, finally printed in electrical blue, the drawing of a large obscene ejaculatory penis.
To paint this mythical theme of the origin of Humanity, of man and of our own conception, obviously raises many questions: responsibility-irresponsibility of man, presence-absence of God, legitimacy-illegitimacy of desire...! Iconographically, the monotheistic West, for two thousand years almost and before the invasion of pornographic images, has systematically refused to depict the genitals and the act of copulation, of love making, as well as the pleasure that results from it. Or only symbolically: the apple being the woman sex and the snake the one of man. However, a symbol is not the true thing, and there is therefore dissociation and fragmentation between the thought, imagined body and the real body in its totality, its integrity, its entirety*. Unlike other cultures, which are richer in erotic images and which, through their art, joyfully depict sexual pleasures. These societies, mostly from the past, were or are more in harmony with Nature, the World, the Cosmos and creation: like particularly all the first cultures, animist like Mayan, Moche, Hindu or traditional Japanese etc...
However, this lack of representation of sexual ecstasy, in our museums and in the collective imagination, has caused and still causes many anxieties, neuroses, frustrations and fears much more deeper than one can imagine!
For me, as an artist, sexual pleasure is a simple natural things and can reliefs anxiety and be liberator of oneself (if we are not too afraid to be born into this world and to also die there), and a vector of infinite pleasures, joys and happiness.
* We must listen to Kabir saying: "Listen to me, dear Sadhu! From the top of his head to the soles of his feet, man is poisoned by intelligence."
"On this tree is a bird, it dances in the joy of life". in The Flute of the Infinite, Kabir