Veni, Vidi, Amavi

That’s it ! We will have the pleasure to meet again soon !!!

During that time in our little Gaulish village… sorry Luberon, we have prepared an exhibition full of charm for you.

As part of the “Veni, Vidi, Amavi” exhibition cycle, from August 4 to 22, 2021, you will find three international artists who never cease to amaze us with the quality, charm and sensuality of their works.

The Sainte-Foy Chapel Art Center will welcome you to discover, admire and acquire their creations.

• Giorgio Laveri, renowned Italian ceramist (born in 1950) who has placed his trust in us for ten years. This will be his third exhibition organized by our gallery.
• Fabiola Govare, a very talented painter (born in 1959) who does us the honor of producing very sensual works for the exhibition to be viewed without moderation.
She has long since replaced canvas with metal for an unparalleled rendering.
• Benjamin Skinner, Zimbabwean photographer who lives and works in South Africa (born 1983) and has been collaborating with our gallery since 2015. His white series offers images of a purity befitting his slightly naughty models.

This season the Art Center will be open every day from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The weekly closing days are Monday and Tuesday.

THE THIRTY-SIX VIEWS OF THE SAINTE-VICTOIRE

« The thirty-six views of the Sainte Victoire »

 

Exhibition of photographs by Jean-Christophe Ballot from 3 to 25 August 2019 at the Sainte-Foy Chapel 84220 Beaumettes.

 

Cézanne painted 44 oils, 43 drawings and watercolours of the Sainte-Victoire. Working on the motif with determination and passion, he brought this mountain into the history of art.

 

It was all this for Jean-Christophe Ballot, but it was only that: it lacked the meeting, the confrontation instead. It existed only in its representation: the incarnation was still missing.

 

As part of an artist’s residency set up for him in 2009 by Le Grand Site Sainte-Victoire, Jean-Christophe Ballot walked the mountain in search of a revelation. From his experience, according to the four seasons and echoing the “Thirty-six views of Mount Fuji” engraved by Hokusaï, the artist retains a sequence of thirty-six views of the mountain in forty-six paintings.

 

With ten views of the quarries of Bibémus, a hollow mountain where Cézanne’s shed is still located, this ensemble is the exhibition “The Four Seasons of the Holy Victory” and the book “The Thirty-six Views of the Holy Victory” by Gallimard. By mixing the images of Jean-Christophe Ballot with texts by Peter Handke, the book forces the unprecedented encounter of two works and two timeless and romantic perspectives on a site inscribed in our natural and cultural heritage.

 

The mountain, in our Judeo-Christian culture, is the place of asceticism, of effort, of penance in solitude. This spiritual movement is found in many religions: one moves away from the secular world to rise to God.

 

Jean-Christophe Ballot carries the spiritual values of Buddhism focused on the ephemeral nature of things, those little things that photography knows so well how to capture: a burst of light on a bark in the foreground, or on the top in the distant…

 

And those of Shintoism oriented towards the full power of nature, greatness and majesty of the mountain.

 

This work is therefore this poetic meditation of the photographer facing the mountain.

 

But is this enough to explain the fascination that the mountain exerts on man?

 

The artist testifies: “I found, while crisscrossing the paths of the Sainte-Victoire, emotions that inhabited me on the road to Santiago de Compostela, in the fall of 1996. It was on Le Chemin that I discovered the joy of travelling the landscape, in an effort of the body, until i got lost in it, dissolved in it.

 

Then the gaze is carried to the horizon, or the top of the mountain.

 

Then the gaze reaches this fullness, in this apparent paradox of detachment and communion with the world. It’s a joy.”

 

The mountain: this unlikely encounter of heaven and earth.

AFREECA

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Exhibition AFREECA, Chapelle Sainte Foy, Les Beaumettes from May 30th trough June 23rd.

 

The exhibition brings together five artists from the African continent who give a free artistic expression of their African identities.

 

Ayanda Mabulu, South Africa, lives in Johannesburg. He has a satirical look at the governance of his country, the misfortunes, the abuses, with a strong, engaged style, a brush that denounces the packages of a system.

 

Siriky KY, born in Ivory Coast, lives in Burkina Faso. His very refined technique describes his country with unique bronze sculptures. His new series of “precious heads” offers a testimonial look at the representation of the African man. The traits of the faces, marked, bruised, scarified, show the beauty of these ordinary beings with the power of the representation that one would make of a monarch or a God.

 

Nyaba Leon OUEDRAOGO, Burkinabé, lives in Paris, photographer. He delivers a narrative in pictures of the traditions and State of the current civilization of West African countries. The ghosts of the Congo River, the painted men of tribal painting, the Congolese youth in a green country.

 

Mamady Seydi, Senegalese, lives in Mbour. He gives a note of wisdom and humor to his sculptures, the animals of the jungle have replaced humans to give them a universal character. Each installation is the illustration of a Wolof proverb that translates the way of thinking of a Sage.

 

Dominique Zinkpè, Beninese, lives in Cotonou. It brings a personal view of the different continents. The mask in African statuary is a face of the actor, it conceals the truth. In his series of unmasked continents, Dominique delivers a staging of the clichés that symbolize the richness of the peoples of these continents.