At the limit of the imperceptible ": the Museum of Fine Arts in Dijon retraces ten significant years of the "master of evanescence", Marc Desgrandchamps, one of the most noticed contemporary French painters of his generation.
My figures are between shadow and light, something extremely fragile, bordering on the imperceptible ", explained Tuesday the artist by presenting the vast exhibition of 47 works dedicated to him by the Burgundy Museum.
Marc Desgrandchamps, 60, is one of the most internationally known contemporary French artists. The Centre Pompidou exhibited it from the age of 27 and, since then, it has been presented in Bonn, Beijing, and at the Musée d'art moderne de la ville de Paris during a major retrospective in 2011.
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It is in the period following this year that the Dijon museum is interested in its exhibition entitled "Silhouettes" to the ghost characters that are the signature of the artist. Frédérique Goerig-Hergott, chief curator and director of the Dijon museums, remarks: "Her characters are crossed by the landscape behind the painting, without them being able to cover it."
These transparent silhouettes reflect the "uncertainty" of the situation, the artist points out, such as the painting A Morning in Time of Peace where the lightly drawn body of a young woman by a peaceful lake contrasts with the imminent advent of war in Ukraine. "I work more in the echo, with impressions felt, than in a direct representation," he adds.
Nourished by references to antiquity, cinema, literature, and philosophy, Marc Desgrandchamps' works play on "fragmented representations", such as headless bodies or horse parts, "which testify to the broken vision I can have of the world," he says.
Marc Desgrandchamps will be exhibited until August 28 at the Museum of Fine Arts in Dijon and then at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Marseille.