Small tour at the Domaine de Chamarande


Spring is here and it is the occasion to take advantage of this season to combine outdoor stroll and contemporary art. About forty kilometers from Paris, in Essonne at the Domaine Départementale de Chamarande enjoy a stroll in the park where are scattered some works acquired by FDAC (Fonds Départemental d’Art Contemporain) and discover until April 22, the works of the artist Danhôo.

Born in China and living in France since 1982, Danhôo is invited to invest the rooms of the castle and the orangery and in his creations, he is inspired by the traditions and culture of his native country. The artist vigorously fixes ideograms on his canvas, which he comes to rework by aplats or by using the dripping technique introduced by the famous Jackson Pollock.

The ideograms are immersed in paint effects and reliefs, between cracks and fractures, which underline the artist’s own superimposition process.

For this exhibition, Danhôo says he tried to mix the spirit of nature, the human, Chinese culture in this castle which reflects French culture. He also seeks to transform calligraphy into something more modern, to intertwine Chinese tradition and French culture by taking it to the limits of abstraction.

In the castle, his canvases play with the decor by integrating into the woodwork, echoing the monumental walls of the building; while on the floor, the public is invited to admire the canvases, lying on large pouffes printed with the artist’s paintings. For the Salon Blanc, these are poems that inspired the twenty panels in the shape of kakemono whose small gold touches respond to the golden woodwork of the salon.

The route to the orangery is dotted with poufs that are places of rest and meditation. At the orangery, Danhôo used the ideogram”dream” which he covered all the walls and which he accompanied with black and white spots and drips which mask and deconstruct these words, which are punctuated with Indian pink, a red tone in connection with this idea of reverie.

Reverie, strolling, curiosity and culture go hand in hand at Domaine de Chamande.

Departmental domain of Chamarande
38 rue du Commandant Arnoux
91730 Chamarande
Contact: 01 60 82 82 52 01 – 01 60 82 26 57

Open all year round
Dogs on a leash allowed
Picnic tables at your disposal
Prohibited barbecues
– February-March: 9am-6pm
– April-May: 9am-7pm
– June-September: 9am-8pm

February 10 – April 22, 2018
– at the castle
Wednesday, 2pm-5pm
Saturday and Sunday, 13h-17h
closed on public holidays
– at the orangery
every day, from 9am

Patrice Huchet

Passionate since his childhood about all forms of artistic expression, he began his career in the world of tourism where he practiced travel photography. He then joined a photo agency where he held...

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