12 May 2017
A GOLDEN MAN
The artist Mathias Kiss breaks down straight lines and cornices. His creations and installations playing with the bases of classical decorative arts are on top of the Parisian and European artistic scene through several simultaneous exhibitions.
He smiles at life. He spends his time, he says, getting up at ten o’clock in the morning, tasting and enjoying his condition as a free artist. He also says he is enjoying his retirement. This retiree of the Compagnons du Devoir excelled at unlearning everything he had been learning for fifteen years in the restoration of historic buildings. Or rather, he diverts the perfectly mastered techniques of the trompe l’oeil, from gilding to fine gold, stucco moldings from the eighteenth century, creating experimental decorative works that speak of a schizophrenia perfectly mastered between art and craftsmanship. Everything he has learned in the discipline and the perfect reproduction of secular gestures, by repairing the decors of the past so that they keep excisting through time, he transposes it, distorts it to extract a new meaning, questioning the notion of era, progress or image. For example, he uses gilding with fine gold or rather gold, a prisoner of its ornamental representation in the decorative arts, for its reflective quality, which beautifies complexion, illuminates space, gives warmth. In an exhibition entitled Ornementation Brutaliste in April 2015 at the Nextlevel Gallery in Paris, he deconstructed the golden cornices with fine gold in the pure style of the Palais de l’Elysée, to make stalactites out of the middle of the ceiling. Therefore, to brutalize the material and the classic aesthetic code by installing the decoration on a vertical line, is to resuscitate it, to emancipate it by offering it a place of first choice: the place of a work. From a discreet frieze that shaves the wall, the molding becomes a “Golden Snake” that takes all space.
This already cult piece will join a collection of photographs, design objects and works of contemporary art within the collective exhibition “Miroir Miroir” presented at the Mudac (Museum of Design and Contemporary Applied Arts in Lausanne) From May 31st to October 1st, 2017. The exhibition offers to cross the interval between our image and our being. It will also be honored at the Gallery Elle in Zurich, presented with a set of other pieces in the exhibition “Sans 90 °” until June 3rd, which signs the death certificate of the right angle.
We are seduced by his world using craftsmanship art and going beyond it; From his installations for Hermès, which has been giving him carte blanche for several years for the scenographic presentation of the shoe collections, to his participation in the exhibition Sur/face Miroir at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Frankfurt where his works will co-exist from June 24th with those of Andy Warhol or Ettore Sottsass, through the Kiss Room, an artistic installation, a kind of introspective and meditative room covered with mirrors adjoining La Perle café at 78 rue Vieille-du-Temple, or even inside the Café de la Poste, rue de Turenne in Paris, Mathias Kiss is everywhere. And always where you do not expect him.
Mathias Kiss at the Maison Auguste Comte, from the 2nd to the 14th of May, 2017. Every day from 11 am to 6 pm, 10 rue Monsieur Le Prince 75006 Paris
collective exhibition at the Mudac in Lausanne (Switzerland) from May 31st, 2017 to October 1st,2017
SANS 90 DEGRES,
personal exhibition at the GALLERY ELLE in Zurich from March 17th to June 3rd
Frankfurt Museum Angewandte Kunst, from June 24th to October 1st, 2017
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