“Has the world ever been changed other than by the word and its magical medium: the word? “Thomas Mann
“There are men and women who, through their speeches, changed the world: Martin Luther King, Charles de Gaulle, Hitler, Nelson Mandela, J.F. Kennedy, Churchill, … There are moments in the History of Mankind when a speech marks an era, becomes its emblem, a motor of dreams and hope, speaks to the heart and mind, and draws a better future. There are also others which are only addressed to dead, terrible souls, where simplifying truths authorising killing dominate.
Mantras, a corpus of sculptures embodying the emblematic words of modern history, questions the power of these words and questions the performative quality of political discourse.
If words are devoid of power, what is the point of prohibiting, burning books, formatting language and constraining thought? If words were not weapons, there would be no need to silence those whose words worry, exasperate with rage and hatred, the enemies of freedom and truth, the oppressors, the men in the shadows.
Originally a Mantra, a Sanskrit word meaning “instrument of thought”, is a “sacred formula of Brahmanism which has, associated with certain rites, a magical virtue”. The Mantras presented here – aerial sculptures constructed from sound spectra – are emblematic extracts from the speeches of the men and women who have forged modern history through the power of words”.
Here are some excerpts:
The ability of the eye and the mind to melt the patches of colours to form an image is like the quest for the grail for the German painter ANDREAS LAU. Observing Andreas Lau’s works of art is an exciting optical experience as his pictorial arrangement seems to emerge before our visionary limits. The mixing of colours is done by the eye and not by the brush as if the painting is pixelated. The graphic and dynamic line of his works brings depth to his canvases and take on their full meaning with distance. Andreas Lau’s works are part of the prestigious Collection of the Museum Kunsthalle Würth in Germany exhibited with world-famous artists. At the exhibition of his paintings at the contemporary art fair Art Karlsruhe 2020 in Germany, we presented his new monograph entitled “Schicht/Sicht” – Painting by Andreas Lau.SEE ALL ARTWORKS
The Charron gallery is pleased to present the sculptor Bruno Bossut !DISCOVER
“With the support of the Berlin Senate and the Cultural Foundation of the Federal States, the Berlin City Museum has acquired the archive of the photographer Manfred Hamm. What a boon for Berlin” was the headline of Ingeborg Ruthe in the newspaper “Berliner Zeitung” on 10.11.2020. This news has been the subject of numerous articles in all German print and radio media this week. But why such a craze? This recognition is not new; the German newspaper Der Spiegel already saw in Manfred Hamm, I quote the “Pioneer and Master of Architectural Photography”.
On the French side, during our two gallery exhibitions in 2017, Manfred Hamm’s photographs on the famous Bibiothèques, Concert Halls and Stock Exchanges and in the second part on the Berlin Wall, the press was not modest with notably this article published in the specialised magazine “l’oeil de la photographie” (see article).
But who is Manfred Hamm? He was born in 1944 near Zwickau in Germany. In 1955, he fled with his mother to the West, and that’s how he began to walk the streets of West Berlin, his adopted city or “the theatre of the absurd wall”, as he called it. It was thanks to his shots of industrial buildings that looked like clichés of contemporary archaeology in which mankind would have disappeared – nicknamed “the ancient sites of tomorrow” – that Manfred Hamm became famous.
The city of Berlin has thus acquired a unique and priceless collection of images on the history and architecture of the city photographed between 1972 and 2010. Almost 40 years of documentary and artistic photographic work with his lifelong friend, his heavy large-format camera “Plaubel PS 7/433”. It doesn’t matter for Manfred Hamm if he has to move around with heavy equipment and spend hours in front of his lens trying to capture the “T” moment, Manfred Hamm doesn’t like working with a digital camera because for him the magic doesn’t happen while his faithful Plaubel gives him an aestheticism, extreme sharpness, lighting and careful framing with breathtaking precision. .such as a focus on the bowels of the buildings, allowing a renewed vision of architecture, highlighting the internal structure of the premises, with an aesthetic and self-sufficient perception of architecture.
Manfred Hamm was able to capture moments of history by adding his declaration of love for the Berlin capital and his contribution to this historical upheaval by enriching the collection of the Berlin City Museum.
Gallery Charron is pleased to introduce you to the works entitled “Allegories” by the sculptor Irène Lussou. Lussou worked at first for the cinema, the theater, the fashion, the operas of Paris. In parallel with this activity, she had the opportunity to assist the sculptor Marc Boulay so she worked on animal sculpture projects, in particular for the Museum of Natural History of Paris.
Since 1996, Lussou dedicates herself exclusively to her own practice. She began with stone cutting and specialized in the creation of large format stoneware. Then she became interested in bronze and metal. Today, she works mainly in bronze and steel.
Lussou creates great feminine silhouettes with large foreheads, high cheekbones, sensual mouths and deep strange eyes, in a mixture of detachment and serenity. They occupy the space with grace and determination.
Another source of inspiration for the sculptor is the spiral which, beyond its esthetics and its elegance, has the particularity of being based on the golden section. It is a universal key to create a sculptural writing where the color comes to underline the drawing. Negative space defines the work and draws the gaze to it as a whole.
Love always wins
Emilie Teillaud’s paintings are poetic, delicate and colourful, odes to feelings and emotions. The artist sets in motion carnal or maternal love, tenderness, humility, fragility, devotion through her characters with generous and liberated bodies, embraced in spontaneous pauses and dreamlike halos. The sensuality of her creations, imbued with gentleness and energy, is an invitation to take the time to live, to feel and to love.DISCOVER
Galerie Charron is pleased to welcome the works “Hybrids” by the sculptor Bérengère d’Orsay. These creatures, at once mineral, vegetable, animal and human, remind us of the deep but often forgotten links that unite us to the different kingdoms cohabiting on our planet and to the beauty and fragility of our condition.Discover
Rêveries d’automne – Solo show –
Sometimes, an exhibition is the result of a friendly and generous collaboration.
Until October 31st, find the exhibition outside the walls of our artist Céline Achour in the offices of myCowork Paris-Montorgueil at 54 rue Greneta in the 2nd arrondissement of Paris.
To celebrate this unexpected exhibition, you are invited to meet the artist, over a cup of tea or coffee, on Wednesday, October 14, from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm.
If you are booked on Wednesday, please note that the exhibition is open to the public, Monday to Friday from 9 am to 7 pm, or by appointment in the evening and on weekends. So don’t hesitate to contact us if you are planning to come!