A resolutely feminine Salon de Montrouge!
#GRAND PARIS Every spring, the Salon de Montrouge highlights contemporary art and participates in the discovery of emerging artists, the artists of today and tomorrow. A true witness of its time, the 64th edition of the Salon de Montrouge reflects the state of the art today: a world with plural horizons but also, and this is the #MeToo effect, a representation of 60% of young women. The other trend is the predominance of installation/sculpture, some of which has a performative dimension. Borrowing from the various usual media, a large number of artists do not hesitate to cross borders and turn their studio into a real laboratory.
For this edition, the visitor is invited, in a space that may be more linear than in previous years, to wander freely through 4 chapters that together make up a journey of collective and narrative exhibition.
A chapter, What we are together and what others are not, focuses on social and societal issues through the prism of the humanities but also on history and fiction. The artists question the notions of group, community, minority and diversity. Humans are explored in their existence, behaviours and interactions. In the part of the journey, the counter-power laboratory, the workshop becomes a laboratory. The artists offer experiences. Materials and objects accumulate, assemble, are diverted, to become an experiment of the world. Here everything is invented, everything is transformed. The contained form or the content involved is a chapter that focuses on the design of new forms. With the contribution of current techniques and technologies, artists seek to enrich the existing artistic vocabulary generating new formal and conceptual potentialities. And finally, drawing from everyday life, memories, traces, artists reveal the contours of reality through documentaries, satire or dreams in the last chapter: Reality caught up by reality.
In this journey, beautiful encounters are frequent and take all forms. You can travel in the bright paintings of Marine Wallon or Eléonore Deshayes. Adrien van Melle’s mobile phones manage to draw the stories of three characters in a very narrative installation. In a Dancehall, the wiggling of young black women filmed by Aïda Bruyère (Grand Prix du Salon-Palais de Tokyo) becomes an act of resistance and affirmation. With a revisited heraldic language, Floryan Varennes, creates a clinical and minimal chapel whose coats of arms made with medical orthoses question the medieval traces in our world. Madeleine Roger-Lacan, proposes an assemblage of oil paintings that questions sexual desire. On the design side, Arthur Hoffner (ADAGP Award) makes the fountain an allegory of the relationship between man and nature. It offers fountain-sculptures with a minimalist design of incredible formal power.
All these discoveries reveal the concerns and questions of this new generation of artists.
The winners of the various prizes of the 2019 vintage: Grand Prix du Salon – Palais de Tokyo: Aïda Bruyère, Prix des Beaux-Arts de Paris: Oussama Tabti, Prix du Conseil Départemental des Hauts-de-Seine: Zoreh Zavareh, Prix ADAGP: Arthur Hoffner.
64th Salon de Montrouge
From April 27 to May 22, 2019
2 place Emile Cresp
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