unveiling hidden works
In the past, galleries were not concerned with competing with museums. They placed themselves upstream. Prescriptors, adventurous, agile and fragile, they welcomed amateurs in the intimacy of their premises as modest as they were inhabited.
The eyes of the collectors made their way there without anything preventing the meeting from taking place. One would grasp the frames with one’s hand, one would wander through the drawing boxes in search of the shock of the revelation. From then on, an unpretentious closeness could be established and encourage all the sensitive familiarities. Today, the storage space of the galleries are rarely accessible, or at least their arrangement remains intimidating. This is why we wanted to take advantage of the Bridge to try to recreate, from time to time, the conditions which, in the past, founded the relationship of the amateur.
Artists : Nicolaï Almazov Vorobiov, Didier Amblard, artiste anonyme, Thérèse Bonnelalbay, Frédéric Bruly Bouabré, Jorge Alberto Cadi, Hilda Dupont-Theurel, Howard Finster, Pietro Ghizzardi, Hassan, Malcolm Mc Kesson, Dwight Mackintosh, David Marshall, Roberto O’Farril Multan, José Johann Seinen, Carlo Stella, Jimmy Lee Sudduth, Pascal Tassini and August Walla and many others.
Jesuys Crystiano seems to have spent his adult life wandering the streets of Ilheus (Bahia) until 2010, when a German hotelier - who had noticed his wall drawings - took him in and provided him with material to put his surrealist worlds on paper, thus saving him from being hospitalized in a psychiatric institution. During his last 5 years of life, Jesuys was able to produce hundreds of drawings, populated with vultures, soccer players, overturned chairs and tables, characters with interlocking faces, drawn with colored pencil and charcoal, often enhanced with collages and annotations.