At the invitation of the Musée national Marc Chagall, the artist Henri Olivier has taken over the interior and exterior spaces of the museum for several months. His installations, influenced by American minimalism and Arte Povera, offer a poetic reading of the setting that houses Marc Chagall's works: the building constructed by André Hermant in 1973, surrounded by Mediterranean gardens created by Henri Fisch.
The exhibition Parcours de l'ombre invites visitors to rediscover the spaces in a sensory way. It is conceived as a series of perceptive experiences which, like Chagall's work, bring a physical and spiritual light into the space. It is also the result of a long process of observation carried out by Henri Olivier on the museum site, the artist inviting us to take a conscious and critical look at the intrinsic characteristics of the place and its environment.
By making the architecture, the landscape and certain works from the collection resonate together, Henri Olivier questions the limits between interior and exterior: he re-establishes windows in a blind room, transposes the horizon line onto a wall, recreates it in a screen of vegetation, transforms a basin into a mirror, makes light and sound radiate from burnt olive tree stumps, and offers a space for thinking about the soul in a mirror.
His five site-specific installations encourage the visitor to experience the time of perception, the relationship with the work and the space, as a moment of delight and reflection. By accompanying the visitor in these contemplative experiences in which light and shadow are the two complementary poles, Henri Olivier offers us a hedonistic meditation on the passing of time.
This exhibition is organised by the National 20th Century Museums of the Alpes Maritimes. It also includes a sound composition by Eric Caligaris.
Opening of the exhibition: Saturday 4 February 2017, at 11am
Visuals : Henri Olivier, Horizon (2017), création in situ pour le musée national Marc Chagall, à Nice ; Synapse II (2016). Photo: DR / msuées nationaux du XXe siècle des Alpes-Maritimes © ADAGP, Paris, 2021.
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Full price: €10
Reduced rate: €8
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