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The gallery loaned a dozen artworks by John Urho Kemp to the FRAC Franche-Comté for the group exhibition La Beauté du Diable, on view from October 16, 2022 to March 16, 2023

The exhibition proposes to explore the presence of the devil in contemporary art, focusing particularly on its figuration and its metamorphoses. By flirting with the sublime, the aestheticization of Evil will be brought forward by a consideration of works operating a transmutation of the “repulsive” in aesthetic enjoyment.

With the artworks of : John Urho Kemp, and Renaud Auguste-Dormeuil, Béatrice Balcou, Valérie Belin, Bianca Bondi, Christine Borland, Gast Bouschet, Pascal Convert, Nicolas Daubanes, Stan Douglas ,Léon Ferrari, Marina Gadonneix, Douglas Gordon, Majd Abdel Hamid, Suzanne Husky, William Kentridge, Joachim Koester, Nino Laisné, Julien Langendorff, Élodie Lesourd, Robert Longo, David Mach, Myriam Mechita, Annette Messager, Patrick Neu, Eric Pougeau, Sophie Ristelhueber, Andres Serrano, Annelies Štrba, Iris Van Dongen, Jean-Luc Verna, Jérôme Zonder,…

Curators : Benjamin Bianciotto and Sylvie Zavatta, director of the FRAC Franche-Comté.

John Urho Kemp
john urho kemp - © anonymous, christian berst — art brut

This Californian artist, who died in 2010, had a degree in chemical engineering. Fascinated by meditation and metaphysics, he sought to unravel the mysteries of existence through formulas and numbers drawn from his own history. This “conceptual brut” artist sometimes photocopied his work to distribute it to as many people as possible. In 2014, Daniel Baumann introduced him to the 548 Center in New York. The following year, we entrusted Gael Charbau with writing an essay and curing the monographic exhibition held at the gallery. In the same year, Alfred
A significant number of his works was donated to the Centre Pompidou collection in 2021.

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