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Carré Sainte Anne Exhibitions
22 June 2016 @ 10 h 00 min - 6 November 2016 @ 18 h 00 minFree
The Carré Sainte- Anne has turned after its desecration in 1980. Since 2011 the Carré Sainte- Anne has become a contemporary art exhibition space in Montpellier. Numa Hambursin its artistic director offers high quality artists off the beaten track .
Exposition Carré Sainte-Anne
Montpellier Contemporary Art exhibition space
2 rue Philippy – 34000 Montpellier
Tel. : +33 04 67 60 82 11
Open from Tuesday to Sunday 11: 00 am – 1:00 pm and 2:00 pm – 7:00 pm
New exhibition : “Deluge” by Barthélémy Toguo, from June 22nd untill November 6th
“The artist must draw his inspiration from his time and work with his time to be at the heart of history”, Barthélémy Toguo.
Coffins on the ground, ghostly shapes hanging from the arches, paintings on the walls evoke wars, earthquakes, terrorist attacks … The exhibition Bartholomew TOGUO designed for Carré Sainte Anne covers all aspects of downpour : destruction first, then death and then resurrection. The deluge is a theme that this Cameroonian artist , a true observer of his time , treats logically.
Even if he knows the necessary distance , television , radio , newspapers, actually nourish his artistic work. For him , the artist has the duty to transcribe the memory of these events for future generations.
From the groud to the historical vaults, through the picture rails of the Carré Sainte- Anne, the entire contemporary art space will be occupied.
Fifty- four coffins of various sizes, light wood, are disposed on the ground in tribute to victims of current disasters. Clinging to the vaults of the old church, above the chapel, flying elements will refer to the resurrection. On the walls, twelve paintings are part of the theme of the downpour, experienced as pain that causes the resurrection and a new world.
Two works of larger format will be performed on site.
The works will thus symbolically arranged creating a theater open to all.
Previously in Carré Sainte Anne :
Carré Sainte Anne Exibition : Yod Carole Benzaken Exhibition from January 27th untill May 22nd
” The Carré Sainte Anne is a place of exhibition which directly starts resonating with my recent work “. Carole Benzaken
For more than 20 years, Carole Benzaken develops in her work the notions of transparency, depth, light and confronts it with the architecture today.
Indeed, using various supports and media, from painting up to video, including laminated glass techniques, Carole Benzaken blurs fields, mixing in a skillful arrangement the multiple codes of image and its perception methods.
In reference to the smallest letter of the Hebraic alphabet, the artist designed within the Carré Sainte Anne, an architectural volume the plan of which on the ground draws the letter YOD.
YOD, is a space built in the heart of Sainte-Anne. this space will welcome the “Saviv saviv” work , a set of 15 bright tanks specifically elaborated for the land of Silesia, in a return to history tipped over on the vision of the dry bones of Ezekiel.
From Katowice to Montpellier, “Saviv saviv” (all around all around), pursues its way, inviting the visitor to cross a floodlit and broken landscape, surface of water or of glass, half reflection – half membrane. Plunged into semi-darkness, covered with its architectural case, “Saviv saviv” will give to this place a new breath of light.
The Carré Sainte- Anne , a splendid neo-gothic deconsecrated church was built on the ruins of two pre-existing religious buildings. Tradition says that the church built too hastily in 1653, possessed vaults full of human bones which were removed from ancient graves. It is at the very same location that Carole Benzaken sets up her “Saviv saviv” work. The references to biblical texts in Carole Benzaken recent work are the echo to her personal journey that is itself connected to the memory of the People and the wider History of migration.