Man in the contemporary art collection of the Fondation Francès
22/06 - 06/10/2013
The collection of contemporary art of Estelle and Hervé Francès from Senlis, France portrays man in every possible state or form: examined from head to toe, turned inside out, treated with great respect or in an exceptionally brute way.
What becomes visible? Man’s dark side with his urge for destruction and brutality, man involved in a heavy struggle or looking for that which is forbidden, but also man who believes and loves.
Leading international contemporary artists depict our excesses in works on death, religion, war, disease, and sexuality. The pieces are in confrontation with the works of the Museum Dr. Guislain’s permanent collections.
Beauty does not come first; it is man who searches, loses, fights or wins. The images are confronting and, at times, hard to digest.
Estelle and Hervé Francès’ collection invites us to reflect and discuss, makes us aware of ourselves and the world, and it is also shocking, provocative. It makes us look away and gasp for air.
Adel Abdessemed, Diane Arbus, Tony Bevan, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Gregory Crewdson, Tracey Emin, Nan Goldin, Sudobh Gupta, Damien Hirst, Pieter Hugo, Michael Kvium, Dorothea Lange, Robert Mapplethorpe, Mathieu Mercier, Max Neumann, Markus Schinwald, Andres Serrano, Mircea Suciu, Dash Snow, Rinus Van de Velde, Aaron Young…
Drawings - Science conceals madness
22/06 - 06/10/2013
Gideon Kiefer's world is inhabited by doctors, nurses, scientists, who are all busy conducting bizarre and absurd experiments. Men in uniforms or smart suits, women with stylish hair all play their part in Kiefer’s depicted dream. Giant figures examine miniature characters, who are subjected to a game of see-and-be-seen; a crowd gathers in dark, desolate buildings: what are they doing there?
Gideon Kiefer – Drawings combines small pieces, often on torn-off book covers, with recent larger-sized work. Every time, the viewer witnesses secret meetings, mysterious operations, and strange tests, always in an uneasy atmosphere of controlled madness. Man as an inexhaustible subject of research.