art paris art fair 2014
la chine à l’honneur
For this 2014 edition 2014, the gallery chose ti show drawings by Dan Miller, d’Harald Stoffers and Lubos Plny plus photos by Eugène Von Bruenchenhein.
Eugene Von Bruenchenhein
Von Bruenchenhein, born on 31 July 1910 in Wisconsin, lost his mother when he was only seven years old. He began working at an early age: as a florist, as a grocer, and then as a baker. His physical stature was small, and he worked daylong in the privacy–and total secrecy–of his kitchen, obsessively dedicating himself to his artistic work, persuaded that his birth during the year of the passage of Halley’s Comet was irrefutable proof that the gods had bestowed artistic genius on him. “I come from another world,” he would say. In 1943 he married Eveline Kalke, ten years his junior. She became his inspiring muse and the subject, direct and indirect, of all his art. He renamed her Marie.[…]
Renowned figure of contemporary art brut this Czech artist is fascinated by medical iconography. An expert in the mysteries of the anatomy he indulges - when he is not drawing - in all sort of performative experiences reminiscent of the Viennese Actionism. By testing the limits of the physical existence, he conjures death, sublimating life in its most organic form. His detailed works crafted with Indian Ink and acrylic entered the collection of the Centre Pompidou in 2013 and were displayed several times at la Maison rouge and in 2017 at Venice Biennal.
More than twenty years ago, Harald Stoffers began a fictional correspondence with his mother, in which all the letters started with « Liebe Mutti ». He began this exercise at a workshop for people with disabilities at which he worked. He started by distributing them amongst his fellow workers in the form of small torn notes. Stoffers’ letters later thickened, some even reaching ten meters long. Presented in a film by Youssef Tabti at the Grand Palais in 2009, his work was included in such prestigious institutions as the Mona (Australia), the Hamburger Kunsthalle (Berlin), the Oliva Creative Factory (Portugal), the Dox Art Center (Prague) and the Maison rouge (Paris).
Having become, in a decade, one of the most recognized contemporary brut artists, this autistic native of California is sometimes compared to Cy Twombly: while the latter deconstructs language, the former builds it. Since 2010, the gallery has contributed to its international recognition by organizing several exhibitions and publishing the only monograph available to date, enriched with an essay by Richard Leemann. Present in countless public and private collections - including those of the MoMA and Pompidou –, Dan Miller’s work was also part of the official selection of the 2017 Venice Biennale.