Bertrand Lavier “Medley – Works from the Collection”
[Image: EMPRESS OF INDIA II 2005 Neon tubes 196 x 580 cm © Adagp, Paris 2018]
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The Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo is pleased to present Medley, a monographic exhibition dedicated to French artist Bertrand Lavier, who transcends traditional categories of painting and sculpture in order to emphasise hybridisation.
Lavier’s works, which take the form of objects that are painted, layered, mounted on a plinth, enlarged or simply removed from their original context, are organised into chantiers or “building sites,” as he calls his series, which he deliberately leaves open-ended to allow for the possibility of returning to them. He incorporates everyday objects and other art into his work. In the 1980s, he began using his “Van Gogh” painting technique as a form of intervention, covering everyday objects with a thick impressionist-like layer of paint. With this act of painting over an existing object, banal items become artworks, but, even more importantly, the object becomes a painted image of itself.
The Espace Louis Vuitton Tokyo invites you to an exploration of the various styles and categories typical of Lavier’s œuvre through the display of seven works from the Collection. From the painterly “Van Gogh” technique of Atomium (2007), to the playful tongue-in-cheek readymade interpretation of La Bocca sur Zanker (2005), this exhibition demonstrates Lavier’s unique ability to continuously develop and experiment with strategies of translation, transposition, and conversion. The exhibition also displays the neon installation Empress of India II (2005), acrylic works Walt Disney Productions 1947-2013 N°2 (2013), Birka (2007) and Paysages Aixois (2014), and the chrome-plated sculpture Ibo (2008). The blending of genres, principles and materials, is emblematic of Lavier’s artistic practice, producing works that destabilise our perception and disrupt our familiar ways of interpreting art, creating a visual impact that is paradoxically and strikingly self-evident.
from April 19, 2018 to November 04, 2018