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On the occasion of the exhibition the words to say it #1, curator Laurianne Melierre is offering a 45 minutes guided tour on April 13th. Rendez-vous at 4:00 PM at the main gallery.

For this first exhibition in the series the words to say it, we entrusted the curation to Laurianne Melierre, founder of PLUME, an agency for writing and editorial strategy led by journalists.

Born after the release of Nirvana’s Nevermind and before the collapse of the USSR, Laurianne Melierre worked as a section editor for Glamour, L’Obs, and Le Parisien from 2013 to 2018. Obsessed with words and the way they are used, she then founded PLUME, the first copywriting and editorial consulting agency powered by journalists, authors and poets. She also interviews figures such as Assa Traoré or Claudie Haigneré and produces podcasts including: “Manger”, “Émotions de peau” and “Fashion our Future.”

The exhibition will remain open to the public until May 11th, 2024 from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM.

© image: portrait of Laurianne Melierre by Louis Lepron

Carlo Zinelli - © christian berst — art brut

Carlo Zinelli

Committed at 31 years old after participating in the Spanish Civil War, Carlo Zinelli is now seen as a major figure of art brut. Like tales illustrating episodes of his life before his internment, his iterative and dislocated drawings in which perspective is abandoned and replaced by interstitial writings aligned with the concept of “modernity”. Honored in many international exhibitions, Carlo Zinelli was exhibited in the Giardini at the 2013 Venice Biennale and we are pleased to present his work at Art Basel Paris 2024. Many of his works were donated to the Centre Pompidou in 2021.

mary t smith - © christian berst — art brut

Mary T. Smith

A poor child of Mississippi condemned to the hardest work, this African-American woman began, at the dawn of her life, a work that resembles a real graphic blues. Mary T. Smith gave shape to her personal cosmology by painting on sheets of corrugated iron and wooden panels
arranged around her house. Her “solar aesthetic”—says Daniel Soutif—and her powerfully elementary modes of representation made a strong impression on Jean‑Michel Basquiat. Now considered an emblematic figure of American art brut, her works have been added to the Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York), the Smithsonian Museum of American Art (Washington) and the High Museum of Art (Atlanta) collections.

Franco Bellucci - © christian berst — art brut

Franco Bellucci

A frequent participant to the Blu Cammello workshop in Livorno, Bellucci was first discovered by artist Riccardo Bargellini. The hybrid sculptures he produces are made up of heterogeneous objects whose fates are inexorably linked, observed sometimes through the prism of their transitional, fetishist or apotropaic value.
Present in the collections of the Musée National d’Art Moderne (Pompidou) and the Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt, his works have been shown in several major exhibitions, notably at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris.
“These works are endowed with a symbolic power that many ‘professional’ artists are incapable of achieving. “(P. Dagen, Le Monde)

leopold strobl, gugging - © marco prenninger, christian berst — art brut

Leopold Strobl

Leopold Strobl has been part of Gugging (Austria) for the last ten years, finding comfort and redemption in art, a way of holding his mental demons off. He draws with colored pencil on small-format. Crafted on landscape photographs found in newspapers, his drawings are similar to magnetic portals. Strobl is part of the Museum Of Modern Art (New York) collections since 2018, his work was presented the following year in the exhibition Photo | Brut at the Rencontres d’Arles.

le fétichiste (anonyme) - © christian berst — art brut

le fétichiste

This is the story of an anonymous photographic collection that surfaced from the secret depths to which it seemed doomed. Hundreds of amateur prints created over the course of a decade, between 1996 and 2006, that bear witness to the fetishistic habits of its author, manifested through pictures of legs covered with tights, taken either in the street or from a television screen. His practice evokes that of Miroslav Tichý, with the principal difference that our photographer sometimes becomes a subject himself. In both cases—as is often true with art brut—are the burning questions of the construction to which our gaze proceeds and of the collective imagination’s role in this individual[…]

guided tour by laurianne melierre

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