Suspend time at Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire
#CHAUMONT-SUR-LOIRE The Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire’s new Art Season is a journey of contemporary art in a setting of greenery and stone overlooking the wild river. Twelve contemporary artists are invited to occupy the premises to create the stages of a poetic journey concocted by Chantal Colleu-Dumond, director of the Domaine Régional de Chaumont-sur-Loire.
Investing the entire estate, the stables, the farm and the outbuildings, all the floors of the castle and escaping into the park, this season’s contemporary art trail is under the sign of dream and poetry. Time is an underlying component in many works. Time is often suspended, combined with philosophical, symbolic and scientific notions with the works of Stephane Thidet, Janaina Mello Landini… Agnes Varda’s is suspended from happiness, Gao Xingjian’s is reflected in an inner space. Como Mosta-Heirt, Cornelia Konrads, Luzia Simons, Marc Couturier play the sorcerer’s apprentices. They have the art of matter to deceive us like the magician Christian Renonciat who twists matter; under his fingers the wood is made cardboard or fleece. Meanwhile, El Anatsui proudly erects a temple dedicated to the boat in the park above the river, and Vincent Mauger and Ma Desheng play throwing stones into the farm yard, one into the pool on the lawn for the other.
In the farm yard’s asinery, Janaina Mello Landini brings together the gallery’s structured architecture with soft and immaculate forms suspended under white veils, all playing with mirrors. A root system, spider, plant or an albino forest in levitation…? An entire open imaginary world where time seems to have stopped with a cry of pain or alert suspended.
Time seems even more suspended when we discover with immense emotion the last installations proposed by Agnès Varda during her lifetime. Including a totally solar cabin. A sunflower garden in a greenhouse whose transparent walls are the film strips of a copy of his film “Le Bonheur”. Agnes’ final wish just before leaving. Extremely moving!
Faithful to his poetic universe and his installations on time, erosion and instability of things, Stéphane Thidet has designed two spectacular installations: Stones that cry, suspended stones cry on an ochre earth floor with univocal desert evocations and There is no Darkness, a small basin covered with water lenses is disturbed by the perpetual movement of a lamp that tears the vegetable and dark film on its surface. A Zen work that staged the struggle between light and darkness in an endless cycle.
In the wings of the castle, Gao Xingjian, Nobel Prize for Literature in 2000, exhibits his dreamlike landscapes. These echo his literary research. Between the figurative and the abstract appear imaginary landscapes. Between Chinese heritage and Western aesthetics, he designed a territory on the border of the two worlds to give access to his inner image.
El Anatsui, for his part, raises three boats above the river in a masterly manner, which play the role of lookout unless it is a monument. A chapel built for this companion of man that is the boat; an object of transport, discovery, exchange of knowledge, materials, cultures, ideas, people..
An eleventh edition of this contemporary art tour of Chaumont-sur-Loire, always full of surprises. More than an arty journey, the proposal is an immersion in a bubble of poetry in the heart of a historic site. A must have!
An essential stopover in this Loire Valley, which this summer celebrates the 500th anniversary of the Renaissance and the anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death.
The artists: Gao Xingjiang – El Anatsui – Stépahne Thidet – Christian Renonciat – Agnès Varda – Janaina Mello Landini – Côme Mosta-Heirt – Cornelia Konrads – Marc Couturier – Luzia Simons – Ma Desheng – Vincent Mauger…And
all the permanent works of the Domaine. Not to mention the new edition of the International Garden Festival.
Regional Domain of Chaumont-sur-Loire
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