Liquid liquid at the François-Schneider Foundation
Visit an exhibition feet in the water? It is possible this summer at the François-Schneider Foundation of Wattwiller in Alsace. His new director, Marie Terrieux, gave carte blanche to the composer and visual artist Céleste Boursier-Mougenot.
Inspired by this famous place for its mineral water which François Schneider was a time owner, the artist imagined a "torrent" running down from the roof, forming wading pools on the terrace, then dripping nicely along a bay before descending the interior stairs to finish like a source in a dark cave – the cellar, transformed for the occasion.
The wedding of glass and water
On the ground floor, large river pebbles carved by the neighboring Rhine introduce the route; a beach of 20 tons of cullet glass, polished shards resembling salt crystals, crunching underfoot. The artist pays a discreet tribute to his father, who died in 2014 and who was master glassmaker.
Céleste Boursier-Mougenot. The magician of Venice
Born to art through music, Céleste Boursier-Mougenot was first composer for director Pascal Rambert before evolving into sound installations and representing France in 2015 at the Venice Biennale. So he has a lot of music in his Alsatian exhibition, called "liquid liquid" in a nod to the New York group of the same name and its tube Cavern.
On the first floor resound first the melodious bells of clinamen, one of his most famous works, very Zen and meditative: a large azure basin in which porcelain bowls collide, animated by a light current. A lower level, the same notes are echoed by a large automatic grand piano that moves in space in a loop 8, sign of infinity, reproducing the movement of porcelain bowls. The wind, captured on the outside by a wind vane, dilates or retracts this strange choreography …
From the azure to the earth
Finally in the cavern below, on the walls of which is projected in black and white the image of these bowls moving like planets, an amplifier converts this video signal into electronic music. Or how a sound and liquid source is transformed according to successive filters …
One can indulge in dreaming at the mercy of this musical cycle of water, sliding from azure to earth, from the elementary to the most elaborate. Or find the demonstration a little unfinished, facing the architecture of the building, external sculptures that resist. No matter, this is an opportunity to refresh your ideas and discover (or find) an artist who has certainly not said his last word!
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