2022.07.01 - 2022.09.04

Bertrand Lavier

 
 
From July 1,2022 to September 4, 2022, Shanghai Fosun Foundation will present a  solo exhibition of Bertrand Lavier, the French artist's first museum-scale solo exhibition in China. Through dozens of works from seven major series, in a diverse range of mediums including painting, photography, installation, and sculpture, this exhibition provides a comprehensive presentation of this famous French artist's innovative explorations of the relationships between painting and sculpture, expression and abstraction, life and art, through his landmark readymade and appropriation art. With his “Chantiers” or “construction sites,” the artist has created a viewing experience that subverts the traditional two-dimensional gaze, creating an artistic world full of creativity and wonder.
 
Bertrand Lavier is a towering figure in French contemporary art history, renowned for his use of readymades and appropriation, and is one of the most important postmodernist artists to emerge since Marcel Duchamp. The artist first rose to international attention at the Venice Biennale in 1976. In the 1980s and 90s, he worked with everyday objects, boldly appropriating art history, popular culture, and public images as his creative elements. As curator Michel Gauthier has said,” readymade is no longer a stance, but a style.”
 

Walt Disney Productions 1947-2022, n°2, 2022

Outdoor First floor

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"There’s a widespread idea that Art is Life. Not to my mind. I feel that Art is something just next to Life: Art proves that Life is not enough. That’s why I use objects as servers.”
—Bertrand Lavier
 
In Steinway from the“Painted Objects” series, Lavier has transformed a familiar readymade object from everyday life into an artwork exhibited in a museum. 
 
Steinway

Exhibition hall on the second floor

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In La Bocca/ Haier, the artist has placed a sofa shaped like a pair of lips from famous Italian design brand Gufram on top of a refrigerator from Chinese brand Haier. The contrasts in color and material, warm and cold, light and heavy, form a tension that enhances the visual impact of the combination, the stacking serving to dispel the commercial properties of the objects, thereby challenging and casting doubt on the definition of the work of art and methods of creation, while also criticizing worship of the work of art.
 
LaBocca/Haier, 2005
 
"LaBocca" sofa on Haier freezer
 

Exhibition hall on the second floor

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In Bam III, Polk City III, and IFFAFA III, Lavier turns a classic artwork into the object of his appropriation. On the foundation of Minimalist pioneer Frank Stella's early geometric abstraction paintings, with reserved colors and a focus on the shape of the canvas, Lavier transforms the medium, using neon lights to add a unique allure to these brushstrokes devoid of individual sentiment. 
 

Polk City III, 2005-2021

Exhibition hall on the second floor

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Looking back on the past several decades of Bertrand Lavier's artistic creations, this exhibition engages in a bold exploration of two of the most important creative techniques of the 20th century—the readymade and appropriation. While providing a 21st-century audience with an opportunity to understand and experience the explorations of avant-garde art in the 1980s and 90s, it also opens up an entirely new perspective through which to examine the world, to ponder the essence of art and its relationship to life through the dissolution of familiar cultural images and everyday objects, to explore a master artist’s fantastical world of fusion between creative ideas and artistic concepts. As exhibition curator Michel Gauthier puts it, Lavier is a "happy postmodernist.”
 
About the Artist
 

Bertrand Lavier

©️ ADAGP Bertrand Lavier

Photo. archives kamel mennour

Courtesy the artist and kamel mennour, Paris

 

Born in 1949 in Chatillon sur Seine, Bertrand Lavier lives and works in Paris and Aignay-le-Duc, near Dijon (France). His work has been part of numerous solo and group exhibitions around the world: at the Centre Pompidou, the Musee d’Art Moderne de Paris, the Grand Palais, the Louvre Museum, the Musee d’Orsay, at the musee du quai Branly–Jacques Chirac, the Palais de Tokyo, the Monnaie de Paris, the Bourse de Commerce–Pinault Collection and the Punta della Dogana– Pinault Collection in Venice, the Louis Vuitton Foundation in Paris and the Espace Louis Vuit-ton in Tokyo, the Chateau de Versailles, the Fondation Vincent van Gogh in Arles, the Con-sortium in Dijon, the Tate Gallery and the Serpentine Gallery in London, the Villa Sauber in Monaco, the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels, at the Middelheim Museum in Antwerp, the Martin Gropius Bau in Berlin, the Haus der Kunst in Munich, the Kunsthalle Fridericianum in Kassel, the Frankfurter Kunstverein in Frankfurt am Main, the MAMCO in Geneva, the Kunsthalle in Berne, the Macro Museo d’Arte  Contemporanea di Roma and the Villa Medici in Rome, the mumok museum moderner kunst stiftung ludwig wien in Vienna, the State Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the MoMA PS1 and the Swiss Institute in New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, the Maison Hermes Dosan Park in Seoul, the Hong Kong Museum of Art, the Hotel Le Bristol, Paris, as well as part of the Venice Biennale.
 
His work is currently exhibited at the Bourse de Commerce–Pinault Collection in Paris and at the Convent of the Jacobins in Rennes, at the Espace de l'Art Concret in Mouans-Sartoux, at the Boghossian-Villa Empain Foundation in Brussels, at the Consortium in Dijon, and soon at the Collection Lambert in Avignon.
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