FABIENNE VERDIER IN CéZANNE COUNTRY
From 21 June 2019 to 13 October 2019
From 21 June to 13 October 2019, three leading cultural institutions in Aix-en-Provence - the Musée Granet, the Musée du Pavillon de Vendôme and the Cité du livre, Galerie Zola - will explore various aspects of Fabienne Verdier’s work as well as her latest creations, inspired by a year of visiting sites familiar to Cézanne.
A retrospective exhibition
At the Musée Granet, the 450-square-meter exhibition retraces Fabienne Verdier’s journey, from her return to France from China, where she lived for over a decade, to artworks created in recent months in the quarries of Bibémus, opposite Sainte-Victoire, at the top of the legendary mountain, in Saint-Antonin and other places. This is the artist’s first retrospective in France.
This exhibition will allow visitors to appreciate the artist’s work in its entirety, to better understand the lessons she learned from Chinese scholars following the Cultural Revolution and to see how, following her return to France, Fabienne Verdier developed a new aesthetic by basing herself on major movements of Western painting, from Flemish Primitives to Abstract Expressionists. The museum’s exhibition space explores six major themes to provide an overview of the artist’s work, its evolution, depth and variety.
Finally, the exhibition also features brand-new creations from her outdoor experience in and around Cézanne landmarks, revealing for the first time how the artist was inspired by
nearly two years of exploring the mountain Sainte Victoire and places familiar to Cézanne.
Musée du Pavillon de Vendôme
The Musée du Pavillon de Vendôme will present Fabienne Verdier’s working techniques from 21 June to 13 October 2019. In this unusual 18th-century space dedicated to contemporary art, set in a garden in the heart of the city, visitors can admire the artist’s «nomadic workshop», which enabled her to work in nature itself. Items include brushes made from rat whiskers and rooster feathers, and an entire room devoted to drawings and gouaches made on top of the mountain Sainte-Victoire; the film Walking painting provides a better understanding of the complexity of the artist’s creative process. Echoing this, on the first floor, a «storyboard» revealsthe different phases of work that led to her most recent creations inspired by places familiar to Cézanne and on show at the Musée Granet.
Cité du livre - galerie Zola
Sound Traces, installation
From 21 June to 14 September, the Cité du livre - Galerie Zola presents 4 quartets, 4 films - a truly immersive video installation. This cinematographic work was produced during a residency in the summer of 2017 at the invitation of the Academy of the Aix-en-Provence Opera Festival.
In the Chapel of Visitation in the heart of the city, Fabienne Verdier studied with four of the most talented young quartets of their generation, to discover how the writing of each musical work might reveal, through her brush, voids and forms that would make these works heard in a new way, as the artist explains: «This work is a visual and acoustic journey that allows the spectator to feel music and painting at the rhythm and tempo of their imagination”.
A SEASON WITH FABIENNE VERDIER
These exhibitions are accompanied by a varied programme aimed at a wide audience, including talks, encounters, concerts, educational workshops, guided tours, dances, readings and more.
Another exhibition to explore:
Prieuré de Sainte-Victoire
An exceptional exhibition is being held at the same time in the chapel of the Prieuré de Sainte- Victoire, restored in 2018 by the Friends of Sainte-Victoire. Some twenty drawings by Fabienne Verdier produced on the site in October 2018 are on display, alongside Philippe Chancel’s photographs showing the artist at work on Sainte-Victoire and in the priory.
June, 21 to October, 13, 2019 :
from Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m to 7 p.m.
(Closing the boxes at 6:30 p.m.)
Weekly closing on Mondays.
Full admission : €10
Reduced admission : €8
Free under 18s, student under 26.
Presale : May 2019