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Exhibition - François Réau - Du prisme enflammé de l'air

Visual/graphic arts Drawing From 22/07 to 16/10/2022, daily.
Exhibition - François Réau - Du prisme enflammé de l'air
Tour de la Chaîne
17000 - La Rochelle
The Centre des monuments nationaux and the City of La Rochelle present the exhibition François Réau in the towers of La Rochelle, in the Chaîne tower, and in the Chapelle des Dames Blanches.
François Réau is a French artist, born in 1978. He studied art in different schools, first at the Ecole Régionale des Beaux-Arts and then at the Ecole d'Arts Appliqués de Poitiers where he graduated in 2001. He has had numerous solo and group exhibitions in France and abroad (London, Brussels, Turin, Beijing and Melbourne). Finalist of the "Contemporary Talents" Prize of the François Schneider Foundation in Wattwiller in 2015 and 2016, his works have been exhibited as part of Lille3000, Mons 2015 European Capital of Culture, at the Guoyi Art Museum in Beijing, at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris in 2016, at the Musée de l'Hospice Saint Roch in Issoudun in 2019 or at the Kunsthale Charlottenborg in Copenhagen in the spring of 2020. He has recently presented his work in several places, including the Domaine de Chaumont sur Loire, the Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud and the Musée Jenisch in Vevey, Switzerland. He is currently working on various projects for the Domaine de Kerguéhennec, the Bullukian Foundation in Lyon and the Drawing Lab Paris.

A multidisciplinary artist, François Réau's work articulates in large-scale plastic devices, installations and drawings, mental and physical landscapes, the immensely large or the unspeakable. His plastic devices or drawings in installation raise the principle of the appearance and disappearance of the figure and motifs, at the very heart of the materials. Taking as a source of reflection the space of the landscape and its processes of transformation, his work is determined by his questioning of the links between man and nature. We find there the themes of temporality, space or human fragility. The landscape also evokes the journey, a place rich in all possible escapes, a starting point or the symbol of a crossing in progress. He notes thus that "the landscape is always, in a certain way the expression of the lack; Because the space of the landscape it is also the space even of our own desire". The poetic and singular attention that he lends to the world is mixed with memories, imprinted with reality, imagination and fiction, but also with mystery and spirituality, allowing his plastic objects to be open to interpretations that he wishes to be multiple. In a certain way, his works are situated in an in-between. Between fascination, possibility and anxiety, they mix archaism and contemporaneity. He also seeks to push the limits of the drawing medium through installation devices, so that it escapes its support and gains space, thus conferring on the drawing the possibility of being a space and a time of visual thought experience.

François Réau presents for the City of La Rochelle, the exhibition entitled "Du prisme enflammé de l'air", in two places: La Tour de la Chaîne and the Chapelle des Dames Blanches. The artist proposes a plastic device combining drawings and installations that summon nature and its elements but also the movements of space and time, in a poetic dimension. The title of this exhibition is taken from a line of the poem La Frégate La Sérieuse by Alfred de Vigny, in which the poet refers to La Rochelle.

In dialogue with the architecture and the environment of these two places, the installations that the artist proposes, weave links between dream and reality and become then the instruments of a poetic metaphor or the refuge of an intimate plastic feeling, which will offer to the glance a potential re-enchantment.
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From 22/07 to 16/10/2022, daily.

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