“Liquid, liquid”, water story by Celeste Boursier-Mougenot

Expo à Wattwiller de Céleste Boursier Mougenot- Fondation Schneider- France, juin2019. Torrent, plage © Laurent Lecat

Expo à Wattwiller,de Céleste Boursier Mougenot- Fondation Schneider- France, juin2019 plage © Laurent Lecat

Expo à Wattwiller,de Céleste Boursier Mougenot- Fondation Schneider- France, juin2019 clinamen © Laurent Lecat

Expo à Wattwiller,de Céleste Boursier Mougenot- Fondation Schneider- France, juin2019 Plex3 © Laurent Lecat

Expo à Wattwiller,de Céleste Boursier Mougenot- Fondation Schneider- France, juin2019 Entrée exposition© Laurent Lecat

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Expo à Wattwiller de Céleste Boursier Mougenot- Fondation Schneider- France, juin2019. Torrent, plage © Laurent Lecat
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Expo à Wattwiller,de Céleste Boursier Mougenot- Fondation Schneider- France, juin2019 plage © Laurent Lecat
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Expo à Wattwiller,de Céleste Boursier Mougenot- Fondation Schneider- France, juin2019 clinamen © Laurent Lecat
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Expo à Wattwiller,de Céleste Boursier Mougenot- Fondation Schneider- France, juin2019 Plex3 © Laurent Lecat
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Expo à Wattwiller,de Céleste Boursier Mougenot- Fondation Schneider- France, juin2019 Entrée exposition© Laurent Lecat

After representing France at the Venice Biennale in 2015, Celeste Boursier-Mougenot wrote a beautiful story of water that grew from the basement to the roof of the François Schneider Foundation in Wattwiller. The visitor is caught up in a series of detours that take him from dark depths to the top of the building where, little by little, the light converges. Because water is this living element, a vector of transparency or opacity, which absorbs both the shards of sky or glass and the black blood of the bowels of the earth

The visitor’s journey is thus confused with a form of Odyssey where he faces in turn a tenebrous staging and a flight of light. The artist manages to build a confusing, wonderful space, where our sensitive landmarks flicker and enjoin us to reconstitute the thread of a story where we would be alone with primitive myths, imprecise forms, a sometimes blinding beauty

First there is this flooded corridor that we walk down in total darkness. The sound of an electric wave soon accompanies circular objects such as light spots on walls as we feel on a moving floor. Then here we are in another room where a piano alone moves in a slow choreography punctuated by the echo of bowls hitting each other in a nearby pool. Outside, a 300m2 area for 20 tons of white cullet glass like a salt beach and all along this journey, the water rushing like a torrent down steps, falling from the roof and writing this fascinating story

The spectator is caught in a series of strange devices where all the senses are summoned. A tactile universe responds to imprecise sounds and visual experiences. Celeste Boursier-Mougenot reminds us that he is also a musician and that for him sounds are associated with the rustling of nature and life. But here he is above all the magician who plays the illusion and knows how to divert the normal course of things to encourage us to perceive them differently.

 

Until September 22, 2019

Celeste Boursier-Mougenot, “Liquid, liquid, liquid”

François Schneider Foundation, Wattwiller

 

Michel Gathier

With a literary background, Michel Gathier developed a passion for art very early, particularly during long stays abroad. He has contributed to the magazine “L’art vivant” and now...

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