Emmanuel Saulnier “ATM tempo I/II/III: Tribute to Thelonious Monk”

Maison Hermès

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Born in 1952 in Paris, Emmanuel Saulnier has been active as an artist since the late 1970s. He was artist-in-residence at the Villa Médici in Rome in 1985, and is known primarily for his works employing glass. As a sculptor, Saulnier transcends the limits of academic art to actively engage with society and emphasize reinterpretation of history through dialogues with people. In addition to practicing as an artist, he is employed as a researcher and educator at the renowned École Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris. Based between Paris and Turkey currently, Saulnier has a close relationship with Fondation d’entreprise Hermès. He held a solo exhibition at the foundation’s La Verrière gallery in Brussels, in 2002, and served as a mentor for its residence program for young artists fro 2010 to 2014.

Saulnier’s sculptural works reference historical events and tragedies with which he is familiar, and consistently pose primal questions about the nature of human existence. His glass objects filled with water or black ink represent the human figure in its essence, and seem to hint at both the weight of the human body covered or trapped in thin film, and its fragility and transience when it becomes transparent. In the work, “Place noire,” Saulnier laid down black fragments of asphalt in a courtyard to create a temporary earth-surface, creating a rich yet stunningly silent metaphor for the uncertainty of the footing beneath us, and in which we place such confidence, and the fate of history to be overwritten and obscured.

This exhibition developed out of Saulnier’s solo show, “Black Dancing,” held at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris in February 2017, and was conceived as a tribute to jazz pianist Thelonious Monk. Inspired by the performances of Monk, who played in Japan in 1963, the artist has assembled three parts (tempo I/II/III) like a piece of music. The exhibition also presents works by other artists with whom Saulnier is closely involved and shares artistic practices and philosophy in various contexts, highlighting the ways in which contemporary artists expand their activities through various networks.

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from July 14, 2017 to October 31, 2017

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