In 2015 Danièle Kapel- Marcovici, President of the Villa Datris, a private foundation dedicated to contemporary sculpture, chose to organize the exhibition ARCHI-SCULPTURE in tribute to its member Tristan Fourtine, who died in January 2013. The theme was evident: a combination of sculpture, the original purpose of the Foundation – and architecture, in tribute to Tristan, a passionate of contemporary art.
Eclectic, the ARCHI-SCULPTURE exhibition brings together a hundred pieces: sculptures and architectural models -of art as such- as well as sculptures and contemporary artists’ utopias around the theme of architecture.
As in previous thematic exhibitions of Villa Datris Foundation, ArchiSculpture aims to address a wide audience, being alive and accessible, entertaining and surprising. Fully consistent with the origins of Villa Datris, ARCHI-SCULPTURE celebrates Tristan Fourtine, co-founder of the Villa Datris Foundation and architect, who spoke so passionately of “the diversity of viewpoints, space, movement that art induces to the volume.”
Arts of space and volume, architecture and sculpture share a fundamental reflection on the requirements of dimensional reports, interior and exterior concepts, structure and content, balance, coupled with an artistic quest. Architecture is nourished and inspired by sculpture, as it is on the limit between technical constraints and a search for harmony and innovation.
At its final stage, architecture can become a sculpture by its own. In the same way, symmetrically, sculpture finds inspiration in architecture, reflecting real contemporary issues. Current artists’ appropriate the notion of architecture, seize the frame components, and these then become the pretext and support of the work of art, construction and deconstruction. The architecture is present in all its forms, utopia, architecture of anticipation, spatial cities, organic architecture… Urban housing, hut, everything contributes to the idea on the place of life, its social dimension and its integration in the environment and nature.
Villa Datris Foundation shows works of architects -sometimes also sculptors-as varied as Le Corbusier, Claude Parent, Jean Nouvel, Shigeru Ban, Sou Fujimoto, Antti Lovag, Odile Decq…
The other side of the exhibition is devoted to established and emerging contemporary sculptors with Etienne Martin, André Bloc, Eduardo Chillida, Francesco Marino di Teana, Tadashi Kawamata, Dan Graham, Sol LeWitt, Liam Gillick, François Morellet, Denis Pondruel, Sarah Oppenheimer, Annette Streyl, Anne & Patrick Poirier, Sarah Sze, Nicolas Schöffer, Betty Bui, Jean Denant …
Some contemporary and international artists present works specially created for ARCHI-SCULPTURE, such as Hap Tivey, Amy Yoes, or Tilman will install a structure in the garden, and especially Daniel Buren who designed a site-specific work for La Villa Datris: Rise Colorful, playful metamorphosis of a new exterior elevator, spectacular day and night.
from May 14 – November 1, 2015
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