sculpture, painting, digital art, our favorites in the Château Park

Bronze sculptures, digital projections or delicate, mineral forms, none of the fifteen artists invited to Chaumont’s art season express themselves in the same way. But everyone is exploring nature. Their works are disseminated along a route. “You have to find the right place for the works” Tell usa director of the Chaumont estate, Chantal Colleu-Dumond. The enchantment of the trip proves the quality of his choices.

Jaume Plensas bronze

They are waiting for you at the end of an alley of flowering magnolias. Three faces, perhaps sleeping children: bronze sculptures three meters high. The head appears to be embedded in a tree trunk. Fusion of nature and man. Jaume Plensa has been working on the human figure for many years. He is recognized all over the world, his heads are installed on the corners of streets or squares in New York, Bordeaux or Sankt PETERSBOURGand there on this lawn they calmly call the visitor to return to the tranquility.

“Sculpture is to me like a place where you can rest and meditate. In a world where everything goes faster and faster, we need solid and stable landmarks”, says the Catalan artist. A quote that finds all its accuracy with these three works opening the route in the estate park.

And the light was by Evi Keller

Evi Keller.

The most fascinating work on the route is stored in the Bee Barn. A giant canvas is stretched out in the dark, a mysterious, abstract fresco, a curtain in which a tormented landscape takes shape: the soundscape, a repetitive gong and the painting reflected in opaque water. Guaranteed strange atmosphere.

“Light is such a subtle matter that you can not weigh it or even touch it, but it is what gives access to the spiritual world.” says Evi Keller, a German artist currently living in Paris. She works with plastics, pigments, ash and Indian ink. Then the light performs its work during the artist’s progress. One thinks of Turner and his dazzling sky, of Anselm Kieffer’s emaciated landscapes, of the nights and their star dust. Or to an old theater in ruins. It is up to the visitors to decide.

digital art In the attic

Evening effects, Quayola installation at Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loir e (© E. Sander)

What is new in this edition is the installation under the roofs of the castle of a digital gallery. The future moves into the east tower, 300 m2 under the beams from the 16th century, which have just been restored. At the top of a stone spiral staircase is Davide Quayola, an Italian artist who has lived in London since he was 19 years old. The work is called Evening effect.

The principle of this enchanting and mesmerizing ten-minute video is as follows: nocturnal photographs of flowers, illuminated by artificial light, are broken, torn apart by Quayola’s software and algorithms, thus giving birth to a new form, close to the painting. “It looks like Monet”, said a visitor who had been sitting for a few minutes facing the screen walls. She does not think so well. I wanted to create a computer process that could mimic the Impressionist movement and at the same time go beyond human processing. “explains Davide Quayola. “I like to play with the idea of ​​non-human virtuosity. The work refers to a historical image movement, but also offers other digital ways of exploring the subject.“.

Jean Le Gac’s return

Outdoors, exhibition by Jean Le Gac at the Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, 2022 (ERIC SANDER)

The director of the Chaumont property, in charge of programming, invites an artist to the castle’s top galleries each year. These were over time, Philippe Cognée, Paul Rebeyrolle or French artist of Chinese origin Gao Xingjian. Only obligation, whether the workers are directly or indirectly connected with nature. A kind of retrospective of these painters is thus set up on the picture rails. This year, the seven rooms welcome a ghost from the French artist scene: Jean Le Gac.

Jean Le Gac is a French artist, Cévennes, and he is associated with the new figuration, a movement that opposed abstraction in the 1950s. As an 86-year-old, he has somewhat disappeared from exhibitions and galleries. His work can be seen as a walk where photography, drawing, texts mingle and swirl. The painter becomes the character of his paintings. His inspirations: cinema, noir novels, the absurd and literature.

Chantal Colleu-Dumont met Jean Le Gac in his Parisian apartment and studio, and together they went in search of drawings, photographs and texts related to nature. Result: On the wall are gangsters and women in the grass, painters who have set up their easel in the open air and magnificent dry coals of plants with golden leaves. A self-fiction filled with imagination and beauty.

The plant miniatures of Christiane Löhr

Installation of Christiane Löhr at Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire, 2022 (ERIC SANDER)

They measure only a few centimeters. They seem so light that the visitor holds their breath as he enters the Porcupine Gallery. These are the most amazing creations of this season, Christiane Löhr’s achievements.

Christiane Löhr currently lives and works between Cologne (Germany), where she has a workshop in the heart of an industrial area, and Prato (Italy), where she collects, especially during her walks, on foot or by bicycle, the necessary materials for the preparation. of his sculptures, tells us the presentation of his exhibition.

How can we imagine in these areas of wilderness and industry that Christiane’s harvest can make it possible to create such fragile, delicate architectures? And how can one not imagine that these twigs, after all, in spite of the damage to the environment, remain standing, stubbornly?

Chaumont: the domain of imagination

Lost wax.  El Anatsui.  (Eric Sander)

From room to room, from corridors to stairs, visitors will also encounter works by Stéphane Guiran in Galerie basse du Fenil, by Christophe Marchalot, Félicia Fortuna and Lélia Demoisy in Asinerie.

He will also find the boats planted on the shore dominating the Loire, the work of El Anatsu or in the courtyard of the new hotel on the domain sculpture by Bob Verschueren. A proof that poetry, nature and contemporary art are words that fit really well together.

Art season 2022 until October 30 at the Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire

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