the butterfly dream
The gallery has loaned twelve artworks by Polish artist Tomasz Machciński to the The Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève for its exhibition Chrysalis: the butterfly dream, on view from January 24th to June 11th, 2023.
Chrysalis: the butterfly dream, based on Andrea Bellini’s proposition with the help of Sarah Lombardi and Sara De Chiara, focuses on the changes that surround, inhabit and design us. It is the fruit of a collaboration with the Collection de l’Art Brut, in Lausanne.
Chrysalis: the butterfly dream is a tribute to the metamorphosis and incessant transformation of the world and all the organic and inorganic beings that inhabit it. The exhibition explores the concept of metamorphosis from a formal, existential and political perspective. Each thing, each image and each form gathered in this exhibition, exists in its movement from one state to another: each being and each object is presented in the process of becoming something else, of transitioning between multiple identities.
Janko Domsic was, among many other things, a demiurge, a builder, an organizer, and an artist. It was in his makeshift dormitory not far from the Montmartre cemetery, in Paris, that this Croatian exile made his celestial compositions, filled with religious political and Masonic symbols. “My writings are coded.” His drawings, like the texts that accompany them, respond to a very elaborate system. Magnified in the exhibition Art brut, works of the Antoine de Galbert collection, in 2015, at the maison rouge (Paris), his pieces appear in all the major world collections, both public and private, of art brut.
Living her spirituality along the paths of Qigong, it was at the dawn of her 40th birthday that Guo Fengyi began to reinterpret popular Chinese beliefs in ink and brush drawings. On rolls of rice paper, sometimes measuring up to 10 meters, entities unfold. Sometimes akin to The Pantheon, sometimes to pandemonium, they seem to float in a space-time void. These heretical scrolls were notably exhibited at the 55th Venice Biennale, curated by Massimiliano Gioni.
At a very young age, Tomasz Machciński built an identity around an autograph, addressed to him by an actress he believed to be his mother. From this confusion, which lasted more than twenty years, a protean and personal mythology was born that reconstructs the artist. As the image of the Ovidian myth, or Gregor Samsa, Tomasz Machciński cannot be described. Indeed, his work consists of multiple self-portraits of as many different physiognomies. Exhibited in 2019 at the Rencontres de la Photographie, his works are already part of the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw and the Museum of Photography in Krakow (Poland). In 2023, he is exhibited at the Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève in Chrysalides: le rêve du papillon.