After the exhibitions featuring the works of Xavier Veilhan, Daniel Buren and Dan Graham, Felice Varini will be next, offering from July 2 to October 2nd a close encounter with Le Corbusier’s architecture in MAMO, the art center founded by Ora Ito on the roof terrace of the Ville Radieuse in Marseille.
“À ciel ouvert” (Open Air) Felice Varini at MAMO
July 5 – October 2, 2016
MAMO – Centre d’art de la Cité Radieuse
280 Boulevard Michelet, Marseille
This is an atypical situation for the Paris-based, French-Swiss artist. “This is the first time I exhibit my work about, inside and along with Le Corbusier’s architecture. This place is a landmark, a great influence. A microcosm, designed as a small city with so many different and complex volumes. A small town with a view of the great city of Marseille. It’s extremely exciting!”
Felice Varini intervenes on the entire deck with three pieces (red and yellow) providing three different views. A logical invitation by Ora Ito, who believes Felice Varini is the only great contemporary artist “to be able to play, underline and highlight both an architecture and a entire city. Space is his natural support, I am very proud to have him visit and discover this roof terrace which he already knew through pictures.”
Felice Varini was born in 1952 in Locarno, Switzerland, although he now lives in Paris. Represented by Galerie Catherine Issert, he makes in situ interventions in a different place every time and his work evolves around the spaces he gets to meet.
“In general I travel to different places, getting to know its architecture, materials, history and function. From these spatial data, I define a perspective around which my intervention takes shape.”
“I call perspective a point in space that I choose precisely: it is generally located at my eye level and located preferably on a must, for example an opening between one room and another, a landing, etc. However, it’s not quite a rule because all the spaces don’t have a systematically obvious route. The choice is often arbitrary.”
“The viewpoint will function as a reading point, meaning it will be a potential starting point to approaching painting and space. The painted form is consistent when the viewer is there. The work generaties a meeting space with infinite points of view on the final form. It is not through that first point that I see the work; it stands in all views that the viewer can have on it.”
The exhibition has been organized with the exceptional support of LONGCHAMP, principal patron, and the Catherine Issert Gallery.