« Choses » by Mathieu Lehanneur at Grand Hornu Images. A unique personality of the design world, Mathieu Lehanneur has a long standing passion for interactions between the body and its environment, living systems and the scientific world. In a personal and spontaneous setting, « Choses » reveals how he explores the natural and technological opportunities that enable him to produce objects that are functional as well as magical, both foreign and friendly. Sometimes developed with the help of scientists and doctors, projects by Mathieu Lehanneur bring to light new ergonomics that tackle our tangible issues: to breathe better, sleep better, love better, live better. Based on both the rationality and irrationality of the sciences, the designer develops an approach that comes as close as possible to human aspirations.
Until March 31st
« Spanning Time » by Brenna Youngblood in Brussels. For her second solo exhibition in Europe, Californian artist Brenna Youngblood has chosen the Obadia gallery in Brussels. In the “post-black generation” issue, the artist wanted to build a picture of another kind of « Americana » on a conceptual level through her both visually complex and refined art. This other America is based on a childhood and a marginal identity, that of a black lesbian who grew up in the community in crisis of Victorville, California. Operating in a suburban environment, between empty spaces and arid desert, Brenna Youngblood lived a fragmented and solitary existence which is reflected in her paintings. Through these abstract compositions, there are echoes of Rauschenberg’s “Combine Paintings”, traces of the painting style of Jasper Johns and even the landscapes of the Great American West by David Hockney.
Until April 6th
« Mannequin – the body of fashion » at the Cité de la mode et du design. The mannequin is a key player in the dissemination of fashion. Created by and for it, it embodies the contradictions of an industry torn between creation and commerce, one of whose principal activities is to produce images. From the first photographs of the nineteenth century to the pages of magazines, advertisements, videos, the mannequin is reproduced indefinitely. Originally produced by the Rencontres d’Arles, “Mannequin – the body of fashion” presents nearly 120 prints – most of which are a part of the collections of the musée Galliera, videos, fashion magazines and other publications. Photographs by big names like Horst P. Horst, Erwin Blumenfeld, Henry Clarke, Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin, Nick Knight and Juergen Teller stand alongside 3-dimensional objects such as mannequins, dressmaker mannequins, puppets…
From February 16th to May 19th
« The Ikea Textilerie » at Gare Saint-Lazare. Eight seamstresses, two Ikea interior decorators and hundreds of textile ideas: this is the unique cocktail that Ikea and its agency is proposing to the millions of daily users of the Saint-Lazare area in Paris. The principle is simple. A catalogue of confections is made available to the public. The choice is made on site, the order placed in the morning and is ready to take home in the evening. Workshops for customisation and clothing will also be organised in the area, twice a day, registration required. Visitors can also enjoy daily tips for managing and decorating a house. At nightfall, the finest Ikea textiles will be projected onto the façade of the station like a colourful outfit.
From 18th to 22nd of February
« Antoine Watteau » at the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels. With over a hundred pieces of work by Antoine Watteau, the Rococo atypical artist known for his genre scenes, this exhibition seeks to highlight painting and music. More than just a look at a series of works, the exhibition makes the choice of the correspondence between the arts, thanks to the exceptional curating which unites the musician William Christie and contemporary artist Michaël Borremans. La leçon de musique, Le concert amoureux, L’accord parfait – these are some of the evocative titles of works by Watteau. They speak of the polysemy and hybridization of his creations at the heart of which lies music, dance and theatre combining in the service of celebration playing in a bucolic setting.
Until May 12th
« Windows, from the Renaissance to the present » at the Fondation de l’Hermitage in Lausanne. Historically, the theme of the window has fascinated artists. With this exhibition, the Fondation de l’Hermitage aims to discover the primordial role held by this motif in Western iconography from the fifteenth century to the present day. Organised in partnership with the Museo Cantonale d’Arte and the Museo d’Arte de Lugano, this event brings together over 150 pieces of art from many Swiss and European institutions, as well as prestigious private collections. This thematic journey through 500 years of art history includes major artists such as Dürer, Constable, Monet, Munch, de Chirico, Mondrian, Matisse, Duchamp, Vallotton, Bonnard, Klee, Picasso, Balthus, and many more. Paintings, prints, photographs and videos provide a comprehensive overview of this fascinating theme that transcends styles and eras.
Until May 20th
« Impressionists and Post-
Impressionists, the birth of modern art » at the Fondaction Mapfre in Madrid. In January 2010, the Foundation Mapfre had a major exhibition dedicated to the birth of the Impressionist movement, in partnership with the Musée d’Orsay. The aim of this new exhibition is to highlight the subsequent developments to this great pictorial revolution, when the achievements of impressionism integrated themselves and developed in new languages – the post-impressionists – which paved the way for the avant-gardes of the twentieth century. From the first series of Claude Monet (Haystacks, Poplars and Rouen Cathedral) to the large decorative ensemble of Vuillard, Les jardins publics, the greatest painters of the century are present here: Seurat, Signac, Pissarro, Cézanne, Toulouse-Lautrec, Gauguin and his friends in Pont-Aven, the Nabi movement and Vincent Van Gogh. A vast panorama of more than 80 works on display for the first time in Spain.
February 2nd to May 5th
« Structure/S » at the Ralph Pucci Gallery in New York.
The New York gallery has dedicated a new exhibition of the work of French designer Hervé Van der Straeten, providing the opportunity for the American public to discover his new creations (mirrors, furniture, lighting). Through this exhibition, the second in New York for the designer, “Structure/S” tries to explore the conjunction between horizontal and slanted planes in a variation on the theme of the oblique and the diagonal, with reference to concrete structures by Pier Luigi Nervi. The contrast of noble materials and industrial and the dissonance of colours create new harmonies, which seem to be inspired by Japanese aesthetics, emphasizing the outline of a shape or a combination of volume versus colour.
Until May 15th