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Solo Show Jon Davis

55Bellechasse Gallery represents Jon Davis, american artist from Miami.

Jon Davis' pieces invite us to travel through the time thanks to media and art icons. We can easily identify us to some images which bring desires and secrets out in order to not forget memories.


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Opening
 October, 18th 2016

Exhibition
From October 18th to November 15th 2016

 


 

Exhibition Duo and debate between masters

Kalmar et Sulyagin : recent works


Vladimir Sulyagin’s collages portray the major European and Russian intellectual figures. Artists, free thinkers, writers - who often clashed with the communist regime - are represented by refined and powerfully evocative cut-outs. They have earned the artist to be considered by the art critic and biographer Hilary Spurling as the "Russian Matisse". His paintings and painted books are at the Getty Museum (Los Angeles), the Tate Modern (London, Pushkin Museum (Moscow) or in the Hermitage (Saint Petersburg). He is 73 years old and lives in Moscow, where he has always worked.

Janos Kalmar embodies the dualism of stone and bronze, emptiness and fullness. It mixes the materials to create a subtle balance. His works on the border between abstraction and figuration, are an ode to beauty and an invitation to contemplation.

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Opening
Thursday, September the 20th 2016

Exhibition
From September the 20th to October the 12th 2016


 

Exhibition MISE EN BOUCHE

10 days to give you a foretaste of the up-coming months.

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Opening
Thursday, September the 8th 2016

Exhibition
From September the 8th to the 19th 2016


 

Exhibition of Fabrice AINAUT

Fabrice Ainaut, makes us discover the kinetic art, whether the light reigns or that the night dominates. Born in Tarbes, in 1982, city where he continued its studies of Art, and thereafter he was influenced by African art. Then, about fifteen years ago he started to evolve within Studio of the greatest names of kinetics and concrete art which our world knows : Carmelo Arden Quin and Julio Le Parc. His lumino-kinetics works already amounted of about fifteen thousands of euros and their auto--transformation will not fail to draw your attention.

Two invited artists are also exposed in the gallery during the same period. Those artists are Janos Kalmar, a Hungarian sculptor who incarnate dualism between stone and bronze, and Vladimir Sulyagin, Russian artist whose collages and paintings are imbued with a strong emotion.

 

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Opening
Thursday, July the 7th 2016

Exhibition
From July the 7th to August the 25th 2016

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Exhibition Olga CALDAS & Eric PAULIN
Photographies

 

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Opening :

Thursday, June the 29th 2016

Exhibition :

From 9/06/2016 to 3/07/2016


 

Solo Project

Bâle, Swiss
June, the 13-18th 2016

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FACES n°2
12 avril - 5 juin 2016

En créant « FACES » il y a deux ans, j’avais à l’esprit cette phrase de Saint-Exupéry « Si tu diffères de moi, mon frère, loin de me léser, tu m’enrichis ».

En effet, c’est ce que je pense et la manière avec laquelle, pas à pas, j’essaie de faire partager ce besoin d’éclectisme, cette volonté de préserver et promouvoir les différences, au sein de 55Bellechasse, galerie qui se veut un incubateur d’artistes qui résisteront au temps qui passe et pour certains resteront dans l’Histoire de l’Art. Bref, des artistes qui présentent un travail actuel exigeant et « lettré », travail qui ne succombe pas aux modes et qui reflète une approche personnelle et précise de sujets le plus souvent intemporels.

Par ailleurs, Paris reste une ville très particulière dans le Monde de l’Art Contemporain. Si ce n’est pas ou plus la capitale du « marché », cela reste une capitale de cœur pour les artistes du Monde entier et un gage de crédibilité pour ceux qui y exposent.

Il est donc possible d’y présenter des artistes compatibles avec notre ADN, et qui viennent des quatre coins du Monde, y compris de France. Ainsi, nous recevons chaque année les dossiers de centaines de candidats, puis nous en rencontrons certains et en sélectionnons une quinzaine, dont huit pour « FACES ».

« FACES » a vocation à créer et organiser un cycle annuel structurant et motivant pour identifier les artistes que nous défendrons à long terme, de façon permanente ou ponctuelle. L’Édition 2015 a été un succès suffisant pour nous donner l’envie de replonger dans l’aventure et 2016 s’annonce sous des hospices très encourageants.

Nous sommes en effet très fiers de cette « équipe » de huit artistes qui viennent d’horizons très différents et dont les parcours et messages vous interpelleront.

Les artistes ont toujours eu besoin de soutien et dans cette période de pertes de nombreux repères et de bouleversement des références, nous avons plus que besoin d’eux et de leur capacité à nous toucher et à nous faire réfléchir d’une autre manière.

A bientôt,

Bertrand SCHOLLER
Avril 2016


Group opening
Tuesday, April 12th 2016

Solo James MIILLE
Tuesday, April 19th 2016

Duo Dominique EVRARD & Mina EL BAKALI
Tuesday, April 26th 2016

Solo Marie-Line GOLDENBERG, dite TILLANDSIA
Tuesday, May 3rd 2016

Duo Caroline SICHEL & Milan MEDIC
Tuesday, May 10th 2016

Solo Vladimir SULYAGIN
Tuesday, May 17th 2016

Solo Mahnaz DOUSTIKHAH
Tuesday, May 17th 2016

 

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Christiaan CONRADIE - "Partager l'essentiel ?"

To make the evolution of visual arts clearer, words have been chosen to describe styles and movements. Thus emerged Impressionism, Symbolism, Expressionism, Futurism, and so on, each of them describing a key moment in the history of Art.

Artists usually know that they have to be surprising, to innovate and to intellectualize their work to find their own voice, then maybe to be quoted in the press and eventually to gain academic recognition. But classifying artistic styles might also be detrimental to the emotion, liberty and generosity of spirit that artists try to convey and thus create concepts that only a specialized audience would understand.

Christiaan Conradie is both a self-taught artist and an avid surfer, his sport of choice.

Today, the South-African, born in Cape Town artist lives and works in Mexico City. There he refines his unique technique and immerses himself in a culture as rich and vibrant as in his native country.

When Stew called me to promote his friend’s work, I knew that the gallery was full of exhibitions over the next 18 months. But it was a real shock when I saw the first visual. I immediately thought of Lucian Freud’s work and even wonder if some of his paintings slipped in the file by mistake. An artist who knows how to paint an old body without complacency or making it unpleasant is undeniably a rare artist.

As I was discovering the visuals, I found the style amazing: it changes, becomes more personal, gets stronger and asserted. His paintings have an indisputable force and an immediate effect on the viewer. Then comes the Mexican period with an explosion of colors and the use of neon lights on his canvases.  Christiaan Conradie paints like nobody else. He divides and connects elements, distills emotions. All the bodies he paints, often coming straight from his imagination, are full of very realistic details. At the same time, the rest of the canvas is almost left blank with touches of colors here and there, thus highlighting the whole essence of the painted character.

We got to know each other by phone and the adventure started in New York with the sale of one of his paintings. Today, I am still filled with wonder and emotion when I discover new works. So this is just the beginning of a successful collaboration, thank you Christiaan!

And above all, stay free and let us ride with you the wave of thrill and amazement you always put in your work!

Bertrand SCHOLLER
May 2015

 

 

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Opening
Tuesday, March the 22th 2016

Exhibtion
22/03/2016 - 10/04/2016

 

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Exhibition "Memory of paper n°1"

Group exhibition

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Exhibition :

From 25/02/2016 to 13/03/2016


Exhibition of Diadji DIOP & Pascal VOCHELET

"Face the fact"

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Exhibition :

From February, 2nd to February 21st 2016


Exhibition Christmas Time #3

 

55Bellechasse is here to help you getting ready for Christmas. 

 

For November the 17th and until the end of January, 55Bellechasse organizes the third edition of Christmas Time. During this exhibition, the artists of 55Bellechasse (permanents or guests) present new works (created for the occasion) and uniques (unique pieces or numbered editions).

 

Opening
Thursday, November the 19th 2015

Exhibition
17/11/2015 - 31/01/2016

 

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Exhibition Jon DAVIS & Edouard MERZOUK

 

 

 

Opening
Tuesday October the 27th 2015

Exhibition
27/10/2015 - 15/11/2015 


 

David RAMIREZ-GOMEZ

A gallery is, above all, the story of multiple meetings.

There are people, places, works, situations and all forms of emotions.

55Bellechasse was intended as such, as a collection of encounters and outstretched hands.

David RAMIREZ-GOMEZ is one of these encounters, a doubly distant encounter, since he is Colombian by birth and, in recent years, resident in Denmark. This is where we crossed path for the first time.

David passed by our booth, at Art Copenhagen, several times. Then, curious, I went to have a look at his works. I liked it, perhaps too much and too soon, which often discourages me. Nevertheless, there was something intimate and subtle amid this abundance of energy and colors, spread with a form of rage, very controlled, on recycled materials.

Indeed, David speaks of himself, his family, his adventures and manages to transport us. Some compare him to the artist-poet that was Basquiat, and some of his works, to the Art Brut of Dubuffet or the Cubism of Picasso. Maybe, there is a little of both, or even of the three.

I think David RAMIREZ-GOMEZ is all of that, but he is, at the first place, a painter and a storyteller of his life, and a tireless and hard worker. He needs it, and anything that can be used to release him from the need to create, will find a use.

During a stay in Paris, he painted his vision of the post January 7th, 2015 (...), the vision of the armed and very common identity checks.

David RAMIREZ-GOMEZ likes to explore other media and venues. Thus, he makes animated films, installations and performances, such monumental works that they are doomed to be short-lived.

David is part of the encounters which make the profession of Artists Dealer as exciting.

Hope that his life will remain as much thrilling.

Bertrand Scholler & Hans Mautner
March 2015

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Opening
Thursday, October the 1st 2015
from 6.30 pm

 Exhibition
From the 1st to the 25th of October 2015

 

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Elodie PIERRAT & Hui SHEN

“La contemplation du corps de la femme doit être une réponse rassurante à l'angoisse du monde.” racontait Lucien Clergue. Et le duo Pierrat-Shen nous en donne la preuve.

Avant de rejoindre la Galerie 55Bellechasse, ces deux très jeunes artistes, de 23 et 27 ans, ne se connaissaient pas. Pourtant, il ressort de toutes ces photographies un véritable sentiment de cohésion, d’authenticité et de patience, que seul un travail à la chambre pouvait matérialiser. Quand l’une nous plonge dans les abîmes de l’amorce d’une vie, l’autre nous montre, avec un regard fragile et ébloui, l'existence humaine à la surface de ces eaux troubles.

Et si parfois les rôles s’échangent, toutes les deux continuent à nous raconter la même histoire : non pas celle de plusieurs femmes dont on saisirait successivement l’individualité mais celle de la Femme dans sa définition la plus essentielle, plongée dans un devenir que son corps lui imposerait. Un corps dans lequel elle se retrouve bien souvent prisonnière, enfermée par le regard d'autrui, un corps qui change aussi, inévitablement.

Mais ce temps qui passe n’est pas une condamnation. Au contraire, ces photos cherchent à nous rassurer, nous dévoiler les épreuves auxquelles le corps féminin est confronté. Comme un livre dont les chapitres seraient mélangés, les photos de Hui Shen et d'Elodie Pierrat évoquent ce chemin parcouru : le confort inconscient devenu paradis perdu procuré par le ventre de la mère, les balbutiements de la jeune fille en fleur, les moments de doute, d'insécurité ou parfois de confiance retrouvée...

Avec élégance, les deux artistes nous démontrent qu'il revient à chacune de trouver la manière d’appréhender son propre corps. Chez Elodie, c’est dans les racines et traumas enfouis qu’il faut replonger. Chez Hui, c’est par l’exorcisation de normes sociales très fortes qu’il faut procéder.

Dans les deux cas, c'est la conscience-même d'un chemin parcouru qui importe. Et devant l'angoisse d'une vie passée à la surface, c'est avec douceur et indulgence que ces formes photographiées, qu'elles soient ostensibles ou dissimulées, doivent être regardées.

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Opening
Tuesday September 8th 2015
from 6.30 pm

 Exhibition
From the 8th to the 27th of September 2015

 

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Exhibition n°17
Olsen GROISEAU

« Giving life to images and shapes I have in my head » ; that is the abstract Olsen makes for me of his career as a sculptor.

It is for him a genuine need, a calling. However, at each stage of his life, facing a multitude of possibilities, he chose other routes. Rather than the Beaux-Arts, he chose the Gobelins. He was indeed afraid of being frustrated, and of not being taught « classical » sculpture, like music reading for a musician.

After the « Gobelins » he turned to 3D imagery, a kind of virtual sculpture. As soon as he had settled in Berlin, at last Olsen seriously started to work in the field of sculpture. He took lessons, did his scales, and after a bit of fun with busts and classic figures, prompted by one of his admirers, also a 55Bellechasse Artist, he came to us with the project of a show.

As soon as I got his email, I had a smile on my face, lit with the pleasure of an unexpected discovery, the outlines of projects full of humour, with a mastered, sharp and punchy pencil line. I indeed detected there a skill worthy of the greatest classic masters but also the humour and modernity of a deeply contemporary artist.

Finally and over all, what shows most is that Olsen likes to sculpt, takes pleasure in the job, and shares it. We are very proud he chose to join us.

Thank you, Olsen !

Bertrand SCHOLLER
November 2014

 

 

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Opening
Tuesday, June the 30th 2015

 Exhibition
30/06/2015 - 6/09/2015

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Souvenirs de Syrie et du Liban
Isabelle MANOUKIAN

Le désir de travailler sur le Liban est apparu pendant la guerre israélo-libanaise, en été 2006.

C’étaient les vacances d’été, une période très agréable pour moi, alors que sur toutes les chaînes, des images de guerre étaient diffusées. Le paradoxe entre ce que je vivais à ce moment-là et ces images m’a déroutée, créant en moi un sentiment de malaise et d’impuissance.

Ce sont ces évènements qui ont provoqué un flash-back des vacances d’été passées enfant à Beyrouth et à Alep ; là où mes parents sont nés et ont grandi. J’ai commencé à archiver des images sur cette crise, avec l’envie un jour de travailler dessus. Mais rien ne venait. C’est seulement 8 ans après, en 2014, que j’ai trouvé la manière dont j’allais traduire plastiquement ce que je ressentais.

Je me suis inspirée de la technique de la miniature persane afin de mettre en page la guerre et la manière dont je l’ai vécue à savoir : une scène narrative avec des aplats de couleurs (inspirée de photos de famille : évènements heureux) entourée par une marge ornementale à l’encre noire (tirée de scènes de guerre).

Par cette disposition plastique et graphique, je veux traduire les souvenirs empreint d’ambiguïté de mes vacances passées dans un pays en conflit. Dans un décor de guerre (je suis toujours capable d’entendre le sifflement des obus passant au-dessus de nos têtes), nous passions des vacances de rêve pour l’enfant que j’étais : soleil, coca, plage, fête.

La guerre reste dans mon souvenir à la marge, n’altérant en rien la narration heureuse. Elle devient juste un élément décoratif mettant en exergue son caractère - pour l’enfant que j’étais - inoffensif.

Subterfuge, Oh combien illusoire pour supporter mon sentiment d’impuissance face à la réalité de la guerre.

Isabelle MANOUKIAN
Mai 2015

 

 

 

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Opening
Tuesday, June the 9th 

 Exhibition
9/06-28/06/2015

 

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Exhibition Marion MIDY

Painting of images | Installations under globe

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Exhibition :

From 1/06/2015 to 7/06/2015


Exhibition Massimo GARGIA

Portraits et anecdotes

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Exhibition:

From 28/05/2015 to 31/05/2015


"BEWARE : Punks Attitudes"

Pascal VOCHELET

Born in 1973, Pascal VOCHELET lives and works in  Marseille.

 

Pascal VOCHELET exhibits his latest works for his serie "Punk attitude" at the Gallery 55Bellechasse.

 

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  Exhibition : May 12-27 2015


 

Exhibition FACES N°1

8 artists, coming from all around the world and sharing one point : they have been chosen over 150 candidates to participate to « FACES », the new exhibition hosted by the Gallery 55Bellechasse .
From its first days, 55Bellechasse has always tried to bring to the foreground new contemporary artists and give other artists a new chance to be discovered. With this exhibition, the gallery wants to surprise you with a very eclectic selection of international artists.
In fact, the youngest artist we are going to present is less than 25 years old while our eldest is nearly 85 and they are French, Russian, Chinese, American, Colombian or Italian.« FACES » is the opportunity we gave to these artists to reveal, unveil, disclose some faces with their own method, their own sense of aetheticism and engagement.
This exhibition will present more than 100 works of art of different sizes and various techniques, from painting to light painting…
This new exhibition will be boosted by weekly openings, brunches, happenings, concerts, and many other surprises !
Artists taking part to this exhibition will personnally present their work, their own world and their approach to art during individual or duo exhibitions scheduled after the first group-show week.

 

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Openings

Collectif
Thursday April 2nd

Luca De Gaetano
Tuesday April 7th

Ahmad Nejad
Brunch Sunday April 12th

Brigitte Aliot & Olivier Legan
Thursday April  16th

Carlotta Bertelli
Tuesday April 21th

Jeanne Socquet & Alexis Mitelberg
Tuesday April 28th

Moyu Zhang
Tuesday April 5th

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EXPOSITION EROS & THANATOS N°1

Frédéric HÉGO I Tomasz KANIOWSKI I Isabelle MANOUKIAN I Laure MUEL I Pascal VOCHELET

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Opening : Tuesday February 3rd 2015

Exhibition : February 3rd - March 1st 2015

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CHRISTMAS TIME AT 55BELLECHASSE
La Galerie 55Bellechasse vous aide à préparer Noël et prolonge la plaisir jusqu’à fin Janvier.

Du 15 décembre 2014 au 30 janvier 2015, nous organisons la deuxième édition de Christmas Time  //55Bellechasse., une période lors de laquelle nous proposons des œuvres originales des artistes de la Galerie.

Ces œuvres, souvent réalisées à cet effet, sont proposées à des prix compatibles avec toutes les hottes de Père-Noël. En particulier, des dessins à l’encre d’Isabelle MANOUKIAN sont vendus dès 150 euros, des panneaux d’Alvaro Emilio NINO BONNET dès 250 euros et des aquarelles originales de Laure MUEL pourront rejoindre votre sapin de Noël pour 300 euros.

A cette occasion, les 16 artistes représentés par 55Bellechasse proposeront un grand choix d’œuvres originales avec des prix commençant à 55 euros. Plus de 100 œuvres seront présentées :

  • Peintures à l’huile, aquarelles et dessins originaux
  • Photographies : Editions limitées (numérotées et signées par l’artiste)
  • Gravures, lithographies et sérigraphies : Editions limitées

 

Par ailleurs, la plupart de nos artistes réalisent régulièrement des commandes sur demande de clients particuliers, institutions ou clients entreprises. N’hésitez pas à nous contacter afin d’étudier ensemble un projet vous tenant à cœur.

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Opening : Tuesday, December  the 16th

Exhibition : December 16th 2014 - February 1st 2015

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Exhibition n°16 : Tomasz KANIOWSKI

« Taking part in the creation of something ».

That is what Tomasz answered me, on one of his visits at 55Bellechasse, when I asked him what had convinced him of joining us in this adventure. Tomasz is a Polish painter, watercolourist and drawer who lives and works in the South of France. He settled there, for it is there he found the adequate light to paint.

Tomasz KANIOWSKI is an unquestioning admirer of the paintings of El Greco, Caravaggio, or Goya, as well as of more recent painters like Philippe Guston or Jackson Pollock. But whereas the latters often show the human folly, with much realism and an immediate message with loud colours, hard shapes and overflowing energy, Tomasz seeks to open doors, windows, possibly cages, without saying anything himself.

For Tomasz, the painter never knows anything of what is sought, or, more generally by whom and how his work will be seen. Painting must be a means to discover oneself and it is this intended banality which pulls us away from material contingencies, from emergencies and their hierarchies, from decisions to rationalize, and from interpretation.

For Tomasz, there is within each one of us an intuition, a magic that we must learn to listen to again, then hear. A kind of intelligence of the heart and emotions.

Tomasz does not give titles to his paintings; he does not talk about them.

Sometimes, he creates series the pictures of which work out like an assembly of colours. His purpose is to let those who take it easy and relax watch their own story and reunite with themselves.

Finally, the painting of Tomasz means to act like a caress to touch then tame and soothe the hearts and souls bruised by all the pictures of Man's lunacy. Tomasz does that with an infinite modesty, so much he hides away from his work, to which he devoted so much care and instinct for what he wants is to restore a dialogue with and within ourselves.

And why not give life to this small voice so often locked up and forgotten?

And what if that was the connecting thread of 55Bellechasse: that is wake up our minds to liberty with a freedom to choose from the palette of all our artists.

Bertrand SCHOLLER
September 2014

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Opening : Wednesday, November the 12th

Exhibition : November 12th - December 15th

 

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Exhibition n°15 : Christine ORBAN

"The essential is invisible to the eye" said the Fox to the “Little Prince of Saint-Exupery”.

Virtually everything in this, one of my favorite books, reminds us that in every thing and in every being there hides a treasure and/or a mystery that we must work to uncover.

Beyond outward appearance, there is the spirit, the depth, the truth, that often can only be discovered through our heart and over time.

The spirit is what guides our choices and gives to each thing, each moment and each encounter its uniqueness. Selecting a particular stone among thousands, cutting and assembling images, reinforcing them with words and then claiming them with a signature is an act of creation, for which we become responsible and supportive. The mind of the creator has authored a link, which is unique, almost a living thing, that of a view into the mind and heart of the artist. With Christine Orban, images, objects, photographs or boxes, which she selects and juxtaposes, are filled with signs that are unique and reflect her passions, her insights and her life view.

What the Little Prince also tells us is that we must step back from the exigencies of daily life if we want to understand and feel. But for this, to notice amidst a blue sky a particular cloud or to select from a vast seascape the appropriate stone or to see in a shadow a message of meaning (...) our eyes are not enough, especially to perceive and identify the uniqueness and the importance.

Over the several months of my association with Christine Orban, I could begin to see and feel the sum of her efforts, the uniqueness and the depth of each work that Christine provided and with which has entrusted us.

Her works are totally unique, and I understand how she and her husband Olivier are sincere when they express some reluctance to exhibit these highly personal pieces and perhaps most importantly, to let them go.

If with age, we sometimes lose the gift that allows us to live in harmony with our mind and heart, this exhibition provides us an opportunity to be focused on and reassured by the images and words, by the objects and their names. This is not a lesson for learning, but rather an invitation from Christine Orban to allow us to revive the purity and peace of childhood.

We thank you Christine for all of this, because all your work is ultimately a wonderful prescription to cure, with or without words, the pains of heart and mind which adulthood can bring – and to do so, before time takes from us this beautiful imprint that you offer to us.

Bertrand SCHOLLER and Hans MAUTNER
September 2014

 

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Opening : Tuesday, October the 21th

Exhibition : October 21th - November 9th

 

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Exhibition n°8bis : SUN Moqing - 孙墨青

If Moqing has a particular liking for Cézanne and Henry Moore, he has a preference for another artist who, for a long time, had little recognition: EL GRECO. For him, these artists are models for all his strivings  ie, to produce a modern and accessible work that fears not to be rooted in often timeless traditions especially for him, the grandson of a renowned calligrapher.

For Moqing, the talent of these geniuses is to have been able to bridge incompatibilities, to express the mystery that words cannot convey and in a most modern and even revolutionary way for their days. SUN Moqing's series Between Scrolls and Clouds is, according to me particularly original.

Indeed, in this series, Moqing manages, with a mature technical skill,  an harmonious palette of colours, and a stroke reminding one of the calligraphers, to create a  quite attractive, baffling but coherent series.

The paintings of SUN Moqing that look so simple at first sight  carry nevertheless a real purpose, the quest of the artist who invites us, after contemplating them a second time,  into a universe of limitless possibilities, where the infinite becomes pervasive. Thus, SUN Moqing's canvasses show much, but without fanfare; he is modest. They offer our senses the possibilities of many journeys, as did the traditionnal Chinese scrolls.

But already Moqing has manifold projects and horizons; like a scholar, he means to travel, meet people, seek, listen, learn and give.

Finally, Sun Moqing could make his own the famous adage of Socrates: All I know is that I know nothing. » I would then answer him:   « But Oh My God ! How beautiful it is! »


Bertrand Scholler
September 2013

 

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Opening : Tuesday, September the 30th and Saturday, October the 4th

Exhibition : 30 september - 19 october

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Exhibition n°13 : Ferdinand BOUTARD

PREFACE

Occasionally, when heading a contemporary art gallery, a chance encounter, more significant than the others, allows one to take the measure of one’s role as an alternative medium.

We receive many applications, we meet with artists, some of whom ultimately join us in our adventure.

Ferdinand comes from the world of 3D graphics. According to him, it is a small world in France, but one upon which he has left a noteworthy imprint.

Yet Ferdinand loves nothing more than the feeling of pencil on paper, a dry stroke, angular and taut, very much like the models he enjoys sketching most.

I discovered this with the passing of time as our contact grew. What I first discerned was that Ferdinand is a shy, generous, and industrious person.

Ferdinand wishes to devote himself to drawing and to painting, two activities that synthesize his life project.

Thus, Ferdinand also works with oil. In his series entitled Privacy, this technique, via the game of chiaroscuro, serves to reinforce his message.

As new paintings are added to the series, Ferdinand’s talent enables us to perceive his message: « Wherever we find ourselves, however intimate or private the moment we are living, some have taken the liberty to invite themselves in, whether they are welcome or not: such is their conception of defense, of security — Ferdinand manifests this with a stark white rectangle. »

In the beginning, the rectangle and the general painting showed « drippings ». Ferdinand’s latest works do not bear these marks. It is as if the artist was telling us that we can no longer believe in randomness or mistakes; what happens is deliberate, precise and rigid, an intrusion on purpose.

Ferdinand is a painter. He is also an artist who behind a sometimes awkward and « light » exterior uses ancient techniques to raise questions about the modern means used by democracies to « protect themselves ».

In the end, what is lost: maybe the very democracy we are seeking to protect?


Bertrand SCHOLLER

August 2014

 

 

 

 

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Opening : Tuesday, September the 9th 2014
Saturday, September the 13th 2014

Exhibition :  9 - 28 september 2014
From monday to saturday, 10 am to 8pm

Press release

 


Exhibition n°12 : Diadji DIOP

PREFACE

Suddenly, standing on my side, I noticed four people who were watching me, fixed and immobile. I stood still and turned my head to the left. Along the Seine In the courtyard of the Fine Arts school of Paris, were standing before the gates four terracotta statues, with a quite human appearance. The sculptor was a Senegalese student arrived in France two years before in 1994, and would graduate in 2001 with honors.

Since this encounter with his work, I had the chance to know and make friends with Diadji whose four statues have always accompanied me.

The work of Diadji, which focuses on realistic shapes, almost anatomical, has evolved over the years to focus without sectarianism on human relations, identity and affiliation, transmission, violence or peace.

Born in Dakar in 1973, Diadji Diop, who saw himself as a movie cartoonist or comic books drawer when he convinced his parents to send him to study art in Paris, will discover a vocation as a sculptor. If recently, he told me he would take back pencils and brushes after 15 years, he has continued to sculpt increasingly significant and monumental works. With Diadji discussions are frank and direct, as his works. Diadji talks about his choices, about the place of art in his life and in the world, its issues, his joys and sorrows, his responsibilities as a father and committed artist. He refuses stereotypes, which, however, he uses to fight them better. Thus he demonstrates with humor, the risk of a society too « manly» ( galerman ) , or the importance of confronting the reality and appearance , the object and its destination ( an Uzi machine gun becomes a fountain, a children's toy or a weapon without a soul) .

So over the works Diadji uses with a sharper and sharper skill, his hands, tools and humor. His expertise is that of an artist who knows the art of synthesis, the power of images over speeches; the titles he chooses are as terse as his works are sometimes politicized and published.

Finally, the force of Diadji’s works is that they can resonate in everyone’s mind, and yet live the life of their own. Their bright red color, explicitly referring to blood, grabs attention, their size also, but ultimately there is a message that comes to us and makes its way.

A short time ago in New York, Peggy Cooper Cafritz,  an American lady collector of Contemporary Art, pointed out to me that, according to her, the works of  Diadji DIOP sent back to the spectator an energy similar to that which she had experienced at the sight of the most important  African masks she had been lucky enough to come across and include in her collection.

She told me that she admired that  so young an artist should  ponder with so much hindsight and aptness about the mysteries of Life and Death; but also about the absurdity of a World that erects walls for itself, when it does not purely and simply erase.

While writing this preface, just like 17 years ago, my gaze turns and the statues are there, peaceful, guardian and inspiration of many of my choices. So, I cannot help telling myself the chance that humanity has to be able to enjoy the talent of artists like Diadji DIOP, an artist whose work I think is essential, timeless and universal.

Bertrand SCHOLLER
November 2013

 

 

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Opening : Tuesday June the 24th 2014

Exhibition: From the 24th of June to the 7th of September 2014

 

Press release


Exhibition n°11 : Carole DELAYE

PREFACE

I feel ill at ease with abstract art, because  talking about it  in an original way is difficult ; often words are useless, and there is always a  strong feeling of repetition, or even worse, of sloppiness,

When Carole steps into 55Bellechasse, it is to make an appointment to submit the work of her father, whose carreer as a painter deserves recognition. Her files are thick, the work substantial and multi-faceted, but what draws my attention are Carole's hands. I watch her fingers stained with paint, then her artist's look and her searching eyes. If her father is talented, however, the vocation of 55Bellechasse is rather to help « young » talented artists, to support their projects and achieve their recognition. Carole is also a painter, she draws and is also a stained glass designer. She willingly accepts to show us her work.

After submitting a formal file, the music of her narrative, the account, and even the epic of the course she followed, everything was made to arouse my curiosity and thus forget my reluctance concerning « abstract » painting.

Thus I came to view some of these paintings, at the back of a small Paris garden, where Carole works.

The evidence: The works I am shown are luminous, they overflow with energy and harmony; I can feel at once the impressive mastery and skill of the hand, but mainly a sought-after result that goes beyond aesthetics, the will of making each painting a media and a self-memory of the artist for the others, but mainly for her close relatives.

Our exchange of views allows me to understand that Carole's work, especially since her « Mexican » years is a confluence between the artist and colors, speeded up with the discovery of acrylic paint. Indeed, she finds it gives her a kind of more immediate freedom, thus more appropriate to express instantly: her life with its emptiness, its fullness, its depressions and its peaks (…) but always hope and harmony.

If Carole's work is often introspective, it is by no means self-orientated, her purpose is to transmit, and the work is not completed until the artist considers that everything is there to let emotion be proffered to us.

I am convinced that the works of Carole must be seen and owned, by us and with us, at home, and then shared. Indeed, all the energy, the color, the joy...that Carole offers us is a bit of Life, and a lot of her life.

And so, my thoughts go back to the « A May Night » by Musset: « What sorrow is it that your youth suffers? Let it grow this holy wound That the black angels have given your heart Nothing makes us so great as a great sorrow But, for it to touch you, do not believe, O poet That your voice here below must keep mute.»*

The voice of Carole never kept mute.

Thank you for this gift of yourself !

 Bertrand Scholler
April 2014

*Translation by Martin Locock Copyright 2005-2011

 

 

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Opening:  May 13th, 2014, 7pm-12pm

Exhibition: May 13th to June 15th , 2014
From monday to saturday, 10 am to 7 pm or appointment

 


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Gallery 55Bellechasse begins April 15, 2014 a new cycle, the thematic exhibitions.

Indeed, after 13 months of retrospective exhibitions, which have showcased one by one the artists who joined the gallery, we will propose in the future several thematic group exhibitions.

The first is an exhibition entitled 55B&W (for 55Bellechasse - 5 artists - 5 pieces of Art each - all in Black & White with sometime a touch of color).

We selected five works from the 5 artists exhibited, pieces chosen among the brightest, the most striking or surprising their production over the last 15 years.

We also selected works whose sizes are often almost intimate and one must approach. Indeed, their message are (as often) beyond aesthetics, not only offer emotions to eyes if you enter in them and go inside - emotion will invade you for a while...

The opening will take place Tuesday, April 15 at 19h, 55, rue de Bellechasse - Paris 7 and we expect you dressed in black and white with a touch of color.

 

Bertrand Scholler
April 2014

 

 

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Opening:  April 15th, 2014, 7pm-12pm

Exhibition: April 16th - May 11th, 2014
From monday to saturday, 10 am to 7 pm or appointment

 

Press release


Exhibition n°10 : Sasha de Saint-Tropez

PREFACE

That is where Sasha de Saint-Tropez was born!

He had just wandered through Europe and stayed in the United States behind his DJ turntables by the name of Aleksandar Vukobic, when an accident, then a choice, and chance led him to Saint-Tropez.

It is there that he attempts to settle, and like so many, tries his luck with his pencils and brushes on the pontoons of the old city Harbour. Endowed with a definite talent, and so charismatic, he quickly melts into this village that had become worldwide known in 1955. In short, he begins a new life.

Sasha comes across more and more people and gets the feeling of Saint-Tropez. His   attentive ear misses nothing. His sharp eye, a lot of humour and the respect of the chess player grasp everything around him.

When people talk of Sasha at Saint-Tropez, they talk of him as of an « institution ». Indeed, his posters and some of his works are everywhere; his commercial success floods and itches. Sasha has indeed been keen enough to grasp the current atmosphere of Saint-Tropez.

His message is as simple as his prices; and more generally speaking his rules of production, sale and distribution. His art is immediately recognized: Icons brushed anew with strong, bright and harmonious colours.

Sasha describes himself as stemming from the the Pop Art culture; some people speak of him as a following or copying from Warhol... As far as I am concerned, I rather should compare him to the living stars of Contemporary Art such as: Koons, Murakami, Damien Hirst. For Sasha is an industrialist, he creates collections, trends, and even a kind of fashion. In fact, Sasha is everywhere and genuinely signs each stage of the life cycle of all his works: drawings, paintings, sculptures, plexiglass and other « multiples ».

What can we expect of Sasha when we consider his artistic course? Most probably that the best is to come, because , with his strengthening financial means, the interest of the collectors and his ever keener understanding  of the Tropezian microcosm, the so-called « jet set », Sasha has not done with surprising us.

Finally, Sasha might well be copyable, but not imitable, and in addition to its professional and inspired side the work of Sasha sends us back the picture of our cult of brands, of what is recognizable, of sanitized ready-made art, of the need of icons, of religiosity.

The talent of Sasha is to have continued to draw our portraits to the very caricature, and his « plexis » are the reflection of that.

Beware...mirror of the 21st century!

Bertrand Scholler
March 2014

 

 

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Opening Tuesday March 25th  2014

Exhibition from March 25th to April 13th 2014

 

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Birthday n°1 : Auction Sale, Cocktail and Diner

Created in February 2013 by Bertrand SCHOLLER and friends(1)  met in the course of his studies and his carreer, 55Bellechasse is an Art Gallery aiming to become a reference in the World of Art.

Each exhibition will be the opportunity for the public to discover or re-discover the artistic path of the artist(s) thanks to the exhibition of artworks from his/their career(s). This wish comes from the observation that gallery visitors, if we except those who collect a specific artist's works, have no idea of  the artist's carreer. We want to facilitate a real meeting between an artist and a buyer. De facto, a stronger link, that we hope lasting and enriching for everyone, can develop itself in the triangle artist, buyer and seller.

We hope many of you will accompany us in re-thinking and re-humanizing the art market, without forgetting the power of money.

 Catalogue of the Auction Sale

Video of this special Evening

 
 
(1) Jacques Attali, Niloufar Banisadr, Laure and Kader Belarbi, Sophie and Gilles Breem, Freddy and Frédéric Chesnais, Jerzy Ciszewski, Renée and Léonard Feinstein, Luc Karsenty, Anne and Olivier de Lagarde, Victoria and Hans Mautner, François Sarkozy, Marie-Aude Scholler

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Birthday n°1 : Wednesday 19 March 2014

Exhibition from 17 to 23 March 2014

 

Press release

Invitation Vente aux enchères


Isabelle MANOUKIAN & Laure MUEL

PREFACE

Each exhibition is for all 55Bellechasse team a strong and important moment .

First of all, we change each time completely of work environment, with 55 hours of dismantling and assembling which are sometimes synonymous with chaos. However , it happens that everything is simple ... And this is the case of this exhibition which begins for almost three weeks.

You can discover or rediscover two artists of the Gallery, who has been painting and drawing for years.

One , Isabelle Manoukian, began with drawings and miniatures before finding her way in painting. In this path , she has listened to the voice of her heart and produced the serie " Telephone " that we put forward . These drawings and gouaches of 1999 are an important period for the artist. You must come to discover .

Laure MUEL (Lulu Amère), presents us with her latest creations . As always, she offers a subtle, sensual and spiritual work, in the funny sense, even though ?

But what Laure has successfully achieved, is to integrate light and shine in the eyes and the sexy draped outfits of her " Lulu ". One wall is covered by them and you will be troubled, by no doubt .

Come , leave happy and talk around you !

Bertrand Scholler
February 2014

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Opening Tuesday February the 25th 2014

Exhibition from February the 25th to March the 16th 2014

 

Press release


Pascal VOCHELET & Laure MILLET

PREFACE

VOCHELET - MILLET, it sounds good !

Both are buddies for years and have put their suitcases in the South of France , bordering the Mediterranean sea.

Laure Millet has a striking approach. Indeed, she does not seek to make something useful, abstract or colored ; conceptual or realistic. She works on space, shapes, emptiness to make lightness, poetry , transparency . And in doing so, she fills  in of "that" our world who lacks it .

Surprisingly , by chance (? ) , the shapes become nests , twigs which are metal and copper. In short, Laure Millet was naturally chosen to form a pair with Pascal Vochelet .

Pascal , even when the artist uses only black, creates artworks one can only remember the thousand colors of life, those that drive our dreams ( historical collages ) or present (Punk Attitude or Familiarity) .

So come and take a dose of happiness , lightness , transparency surrounded by the latest artworks of  Laure MILLET and Pascal VOCHELET.

Bertrand SCHOLLER
February 2014

 

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Opening on Tuesday, February the 11th 2014

Exhibition from the 11th to the 23rd of February 2014

 

Press release


Edouard de' PAZZI

PREFACE

Does a dream one has several times come true in the end?

Édouard de’ Pazzi was somewhat like a dream, often sauntering past the window of 55Bellechasse. With his style of an Italian aristocrat, he could be thought of as a writer or a painter, or even an opera singer with the voice of a baritone.

Finally, it is in Arles, in a church turned into an exhibition hall that the connection occurred and that the dream came true. A decision was made to imagine an exhibition in September, after the 2013 summer holidays, which could be a kind of introduction to a major retrospective in January 2014. Over more than 20 years of photos, which were honored by an exhibition at the « Maison Européenne de Photographie » in 2007, will then be shown.

Édouard is an artist whose Florentine roots go back far before the renaissance and the Medicis, and cannot leave indifferent so much his photographic work recalls that of the romantic poets. He, who on the street, is but colours, is clearly attracted by black in his photos.  As he explains, he likes black because the presence of light is stronger, denser and because black has a fertilizing capacity, whereas white weakens, annihilates, and causes disappearance.

The approach of Édouard de’ Pazzi, or at least the presentation he makes of it, is a permanent attempt to apprehend time that passes. With his photos, he tries to « suspend the flight of time » like Lamartine in his poem. The purpose is to immortalize the soul of things, their inherence. Édouard helps us  by cleverly associating, in diptychs, photos without any apparent connection but which talk to each other and thus open the way to the mutual reinforcement of what they represent, hence making it easier for us  to grasp the idea, the message,  a message that does more than talk to us ; it exposes us and watches us. For my part, « La Métamorphose » shot in 2003 is particularly emblematic of this approach. In this photo, Édouard transforms, by skilfully playing with time exposures and light, the body of a woman into a vainglory.

Édouard is daring in everything. He investigates, delves into all directions, as apparently opposed as « obscene » nudes and objects worthy of curio cabinets, as well as landscapes whose minimalism hint at Rothko in Black and White, still lives and abstract compositions or scenes of genre.

However, despite this obvious abundance, Édouard is not a dabbler. There is a genuine guiding principle to his work, the will to make us think, not about what we see, but actually on what we are. The drawings and photos of Édouard are not snapshots, but rather poetic allegories of the flight of time that thus become timeless and immutable. Édouard de’ Pazzi is a tormented soul, a tormented poet whose most beautiful photos are often the gloomiest.

Bertrand Scholler
September 2013

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Opening Thursday, 23th of January 2014

Exhibition from the 23th of January to the 9th of fFebruary 2014

 

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Exhibition : Frédéric HÉGO & Alvaro Emilio Nino BONETT

PRÉFACE

The Gallery will celebrate 55Bellechasse March 2014 , its first year of exhibitions and what a year! The first 10 months have, in fact , very rich in encounters , discoveries, surprises, emotions and also lessons summer. Thanks again to all!

I take the opportunity of this first exhibition , in 2014, to wish our families , artists , partners, friends who are fans of Contemporary Art, but also journalists , our partners and our neighbors (...) our warmest wishes for 2014.

Of course we hope that this year is lived under the sign of harmony , enthusiasm , intense and constructive discussions , meetings and surprising and tasty discoveries  , this in good physical health , moral and financial .

Thus, artists 55Bellechasse all go back to our picture rails in 2014 , but also on other picture rails in France and abroad . Some are now exposed to Megeve, many projects should carry us across the Atlantic back to New York first, then certainly Miami again , and also San Francisco,  South of France will also be honored . We are expected in Arles, then Saint- Tropez and Beaulieu sur Mer , and also Monaco .

As in 2013 , we will be responsive and flexible to other destinations and projects , so our program is built loosely around simple principles:

  1. Promoting our artists through their talents and the brand of the Gallery
  2. Go to meet various public to be better known, recognized and ultimately selected
  3. Presenting works in appropriate places and at appropriate times
  4. Working with partners and professionals involved
  5. Commit to long term loosely but determined and rational

New artists will join the small group which, more than a set of very different individuals , has become a sum of complementary personalities that strengthen, with respect and dialogue. The group is built by the rhythm of exhibitions and " our evenings artists " who become the highlights of our calendar.

In 2014, the highlights are already set :

  1. Week 55Bellechasse birthday , around March 19, 2014
  2. Week Rencontres d'Arles ( 7-13 July 2014)
  3. Saint- Tropez - Summer 2014 - # 2
  4. FIAC 2014 ( 23-26 October 2014)
  5. Art Basel Miami 2014 ( 4-7 December 2014)
  6. Christmas Time at 55Bellechasse - Winter 2014-2015 - N ° 2

Thank you for your attention and do not hesitate to ask around .

As soon at 55Bellechasse - Paris7 / where else?

 

Bertrand SCHOLLER
Janvier 2014

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Opening Monday 7th of  January 2014

Exhibition from the 7th to the 19th of  January 2014

 

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Christmas Time at 55Bellechasse

PRÉFACE

« The Sleeper must Wake up » and MIAMI, during Art Basel is the place we have chosen!

This sentence always fascinated me when I watched David Lynch's film, Dune, from Franck HERBERT's eponym book.

Each one of us has within himself a field of excellence. Give yourselves the means to find it. Hence, prepare yourselves for sacrifices, for new experiences (...) that create alterations that allow us to grow up. We must change; otherwise something is asleep within us that seldom wake up. I felt what my calling was, I felt I wanted to become an « Art dealer », but I was a prisoner of my abilities in mathematics that opened up for me many horizons, more in conformity...

Almost 20 years would elapse, and many storms encountered, some of which were more restful than the apparent lull that would follow. When this deeply buried dream came to the surface again, thanks to you NILOUFAR, after so often skimming past it, my decision is made.

After 9 months, we realize every day with the « 55Bellechasse » team, our families, the artists, our partners, friends and associates how much it is actually a calling which is fascinating and marvelous as well as fundamental. Indeed, creating « Art » is one of the essential characteristics of the human being. Art is staunchly an integral part of the human evolution; it allows man to free his mind from more primal urgencies, and elevate it. It is this steadfastness that makes me consider Contemporary Art as a highly fragile property, something essential to preserve and to help thrive at « 55Bellechasse ». For us going to MIAMI during Art Basel is a key moment, it is the moment when we will “Be born in the USA”.

What we will show in MIAMI is a snapshot of what 55Bellechasse is in November 2013, and a hint of our plans and dreams for the coming months while 55Bellechasse is reinforcing and exporting. Among dreams, is to have sometimes “talented guest artists” to join us wherever we will exhibit. In Miami, the selected artist is Chinese. So thanks and welcome with us Mr XU Weixin.

Finally, if each individual exhibition from the very first one we have been showing, was a single brick, be sure we don’t want to produce bricks but to build a warm and welcoming house for Contemporary Art, and at the same time, dare dream of turning it into a « cathedral »...in which all the sleepers will be able to wake up.

Here we are AMERICA!

Bertrand Scholler
Octobre 2013

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Opening on November the 26th 2013

Exhibition from November 22th 2013 to January 5th 2014

Press release


Exhibition n°9 : Isabelle MANOUKIAN

PREFACE

Beep ... It is June 9th, 2013, 9:19 am, and my phone indicates the arrival of an email. As part of a short and direct message, Isabelle Manoukian’s email offers me an opportunity to link into a site showing her art work. I click into the link and I am glad I did. I am immediately touched by the images of paintings in this virtual gallery. I am intrigued by what I see and decide to go to a website where more can be seen. That site is clear, organized and expansive and provides a greater sense of the whole.

As a result of my “visit” to the sites, I propose a first informal contact with Isabelle at the forthcoming opening of the Laure Muel exhibition. If Isabelle likes the atmosphere, we can move forward in a discussion and consider a long-term collaboration.

In the event, less than a week later, and after two meetings, one of which was held in her Paris studio, collaboration is formally engaged. Indeed, Isabelle’s artistic approach or, more appropriately, approaches are truly original, from her Persian miniatures, through her uniquely crafted 1001 Days works and culminating in the current series entitled "The Floors of the Louvre ".

This last series I found most engaging and thought provoking, because the artist offers us via each work and through the series in its totality a journey through history. Isabelle’s works suggest a form of universality which exists in moments of everyday life, using as a metaphor traditional religious subjects. The connection is structured around fields of color which form the basis and background of the paintings. These fields of color are actually reproductions of the floor of the Louvre, where for centuries, have trafficked the great and the near great and where the courses of history have often flowed and where, more recently, millions of people from virtually every civilization on earth have gathered to admire the wonders of the world created over centuries.

We are assisted, finally, in unraveling the mysteries in Isabelle’s compositions by reading the title of the individual works that Isabelle provides to those of us who want to see them. As soon as a title is read, we no longer look just at an almost alive composition on a colored background, but now are offered some insight into what Isabelle Manoukian is endeavoring to express – perhaps a brief glimpse into the soul of the artist. Perhaps it enhances our understanding or perhaps it does just the opposite; in any event, it may force us to alter some aspects of our point of view about life and art. And is not that one of the joys and treasures of wonderful art?

How good it is to bite the forbidden fruit of these works. Her works, even dressed with titles, are indeed a treasure, striking to view and a wonderful challenge to contemplate.

Co-authors Bertrand Scholler and Hans Mautner
October 2013

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Opening  29th october et 2nd november 2013

Exhibition from the 29th octobre to  the 17th  november 2013

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Exhibition n°8 : SUN Moqing - 孙墨青

Some encounters are more significant than others. At the time of the first 55Bellechasse gallery retrospective, one young man walked into the gallery, and in an almost religious silence contemplated, the one after the other, all the photos that we had on display. After more than an hour, one of them, SUN Moqing,  asked  in an awkward English whether he might meet the artist whose photos were being shown, and also where he could visit artists' studios in Paris,

A meeting with Niloufar Banisadr was immediately possible, as she was in the gallery. Finally, Moqing was to come back to the gallery regularly, with a deeply rooted urge, that was to have his OWN show in our gallery, to meet the partners of the gallery or rather have them meet his painting and to make sure that it was a gallery in which he would be able to give his opinion.

Over the weeks, we became convinced that with SUN Moqing we had come across a rare talent, and considered granting him show number 8 with a private viewing at 8 pm on Tuesday, October 8th. Indeed, at hardly 23, and still a student at the famous university of Tsinghua (Beijing), Moqing knows, but with modesty, that he is an artist, and he is aware that  a career can only be built step by step,  but also, that in the world of art, every step counts.

If Moqing has a particular liking for Cézanne and Henry Moore, he has a preference for another artist who, for a long time, had little recognition: EL GRECO. For him, these artists are models for all his strivings  ie, to produce a modern and accessible work that fears not to be rooted in often timeless traditions especially for him, the grandson of a renowned calligrapher.

For Moqing, the talent of these geniuses is to have been able to bridge incompatibilities, to express the mystery that words cannot convey and in a most modern and even revolutionary way for their days. SUN Moqing's series Between Scrolls and Clouds is, according to me particularly original.

Indeed, in this series, Moqing manages, with a mature technical skill,  an harmonious palette of colours, and a stroke reminding one of the calligraphers, to create a  quite attractive, baffling but coherent series.

The paintings of SUN Moqing that look so simple at first sight  carry nevertheless a real purpose, the quest of the artist who invites us, after contemplating them a second time,  into a universe of limitless possibilities, where the infinite becomes pervasive. Thus, SUN Moqing's canvasses show much, but without fanfare; he is modest. They offer our senses the possibilities of many journeys, as did the traditionnal Chinese scrolls.

But already Moqing has manifold projects and horizons; like a scholar, he means to travel, meet people, seek, listen, learn and give.

Finally, Sun Moqing could make his own the famous adage of Socrates: All I know is that I know nothing. » I would then answer him:   « But Oh My God ! How beautiful it is! »


Bertrand Scholler
September 2013

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Opening 8 and 12th of october 2013

Exhibition from the 8 to the 27th of october 2013

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Exhibition n°7 : Alvaro Emilio Nino Bonett

URANTAIA is the name of a Colombian pictorial movement that aims, through painting and equally sculpture, at giving objects, landscapes and human beings a fantastic or even spiritual soul.

Alvaro Emilio Nino Bonett was an active member of this movement, until he left for Europe.

He was born in September, 1979, in Colombia and will celebrate his thirty fourth birthday during his 55Bellechasse retrospective. A former student of Elsa Cardenas, Carlos Alba and Luz Marina Bravo, this great fan of Fritz Lang's Metropolis and of Tim Burton's Edward Scissorhands, is always eager to go deeper and deeper into his researches to create works of art, endowed with a life of their own, with a mirror like outlook on the world of Art, but equally on politics, business, and more generally speaking on our human society.

Once in France, after a short Spanish episode, he rejoins his sister and attempts to boost his artistic career again. Often on show in his country, Emilio rather considered himself as a painter when he knocked at our door and showed us incidentally his other works among his many paintings,

That was a knock on the head! For, if his nudes are pleasant and show a skillful technique, and an interesting palette of colours, his « Street Art » work is a genuine discovery, beyond his humour, sometimes caustic but often appropriate concerning our local or international topicality, Alvaro works on our drugs, our addictions, our faults, and finally on this part of humanity that we lose over the years.

Thus, either he makes fun of it all and makes us itchy, like a satirical cartoonist or fills up our wants and unsatisfied dreams with a touch of cynicism, but overall with a lot of finesse, Behind Alvaro's smiles, energy and enthusiasm hides a romantic and golden fingered artist who keeps his inner child and tries to become a magician for adults.

For me, the work of Alvaro is not incidental; it is fundamental, for in the end, his work gives us an opportunity to see ourselves once more in the mirror of the different stages of our lives.

Hats off to the Shaman !

Bertrand SCHOLLER
September 2013

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Opening 24 and 28 of september 2013

Exhibition from 24th of september to 6th of october 2013

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Press release

 


Exhibition n°6 : Edouard DE' PAZZI

 Does a dream one has several times come true in the end?Edouard de’ Pazzi was somewhat like a dream, often sauntering past the window of 55Bellechasse. With his style of an Italian aristocrat, he could be thought of as a writer or a painter, or even an opera singer with the voice of a baritone.
Finally, it is in Arles, in a church turned into an exhibition hall that the connection occurred and that the dream came true. A decision was made to imagine an exhibition in September, after the 2013 summer holidays, which could be a kind of introduction to a major retrospective in January 2014. Over more than 20 years of photos, which were honored by an exhibition at the « Maison Européenne de Photographie » in 2007, will then be shown.
Edouard is an artist whose Florentine roots go back far before the renaissance and the Medicis, and cannot leave indifferent so much his photographic work recalls that of the romantic poets. He, who on the street, is but colours, is clearly attracted by black in his photos.  As he explains, he likes black because the presence of light is stronger, denser and because black has a ferilizing capacity, whereas white weakens, annihilates, and causes disappearance.

The approach of Edouard  de’ Pazzi, or at least the presentation he makes of it, is a permanent attempt to apprehend time that passes.. With his photos, he tries to « suspend the flight of time » like Lamartine in his poem. The purpose is to immortalize the soul of things, their inherence. Edouard helps us  by cleverly associating, in diptichs, photos without any apparent connection but which talk to each other and thus open the way to the mutual reinforcement of what they represent, hence making it easier for us  to grasp the idea, the message,  a message that does more than talk to us ; it exposes us and watches us. For my part, « La Métamorphose » shot in 2003 is particularly emblematic of this approach. In this photo, Edouard transforms, by skilfully playing with time exposures and light, the body of a woman into a vainglory.
Edouard is daring in everything. He investigates, delves into all directions, as apparently opposed as « obscene » nudes and objects worthy of curio cabinets, as well as landscapes whose minimalism hint at Rothko in Black and White, still lives  and abstract compositions or scenes of genre.

However, despite this obvious abundance, Edouard is not a dabbler. There is a genuine guiding principle to his work, the will to make us think, not about what we see, but actually on what we are. The drawings and photos of Edouard are not snapshots, but rather poetic allegories of the flight of time that thus become timeless and immutable. Edouard de’ Pazzi is a tormented soul, a tormented poet whose most beautiful photos are often the gloomiest.

Bertrand Scholler
September 2013

 

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Exhibition from 10 to 21 september 2013

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Exhibition n°4 : Laure MUEL

Be ready: You might be confused

Laure Muel (Lulu Amere) is a cautious and modest artist. Most discreet as well. Her works are rare and delicate, just like the base she decided to favour, viz. paper. A paper from Arches, that which most watercolourists use. A thick paper that lives and breathes even after the final touch of watercolour, pastel, Indian ink, or, sometimes of gold leaf has been applied, like an ultimate sweet caress. Laure chooses her paper, brushes and colours with great care. Their quality is the security of an optimal rendering as well as of the perenniality of each work. No place for chance. And the challenge is to do with watercolour, usually given to children, an elaborate and modern painting technique. A different way of dealing with watercolour.

For almost ten years, as if it were a game, Laure started to draw and quickly knew a certain fame, thanks to an online auction site. Lulu offered on it the charm of her talent to the highest bidder. This is the origin of this well thought and perfect anagram, and of her erotic drawings. Owing to this small success, and also to her roots (Laure is the daughter of a painter and sculptor), she becomes a special advisor to a famous picture collector, then a graphic designer for an advertising agency. The way was open. Thanks to the evermore numerous encouragements and the fancy of collectors, the » international » enthusiasm concerning her work keeps growing. Even if the talent of Laure but found a showcase compatible with her modesty on the anonymity of the internet, in May 2013 she however accepted the principle of this retrospective at 55Bellechasse6 Paris 75007.

We are very lucky indeed.

Influenced by Jean-Pierre Ceytaire, a master in the art of eroticism, By dint of drawing her famous drawings, her technique has strongly improved together with the need to do better and more. Now, Laure dedicates herself only to painting. She lives and paints in the south of France, in Provence, in an artist's studio attached to her house. It is there, on a slope of the mountain facing the south, that Laure found a shelter, far from the tumultuous Paris life, at the end of a winding mountain goat path. She lives amid her decorative hens, her dog, her cats, in the middle of nowhere.

To meet Laure, or to receive a parcel containing her signature is always a very special and hotly anticipated moment. That makes you slightly restless. But, beware! That parcel needs to be undressed with delicate skill; the content is fragile and the conquest requires patience. The parcels of Lulu are just as « covered » as the characters they contain are « uncovered » (…) Gazing at one of Laure's watercolours, is a moment when you are wrapped up in a feeling of humour and intimacy. Sunk into the subtlety of refined eroticism. She always dallies with transparencies, where everything is unveiled. When the eroticism is not shown, Laure borrows the oblique shortcuts of humour to prompt our imaginations to travel beyond the limits with which Laure loves to flirt. Laure enjoys herself, provokes, but before all, she paints. She paints with slow delicacy; essentially women, many women, inaccessible women. These women, or rather, HER women become, as we gaze at them, sexual fantasies that awaken, without the least vulgarity, our most intimate desires; never yielding to facility. So, if you do not yet know her « Matrioshki », her « Four Seasons » or her « Willendorf Venus », watercolours whose most salacious provocation never shocks, quite contrary, do hastily come and discover this « Madame Lulu ».

The painting of Laure Muel is a genuine breath in a world seeking itself; it is a painting that hits the bull's eye...and, in the end, we have a smile on our face. The painting of Lulu Amere is a total sensuous delight. She creates a subtle art, both amusing and committed. Laure Muel brushes vulgarity with modesty and refinement. Painting thus becomes an art of seduction. Laure paints to seduce others, then to seduce herself.

And then, out of the blue, Lulu's Mary Poppins strikes my mind.

Bertrand Scholler

 

 

 

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Opening : June 11th and June 15th

From Monday to Saturday, 10am-7pm

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Exhibition n°3 : PASCAL VOCHELET

Pascal Vochelet (or at times P@ul) is a painter who ceaselessly works with shapes, colours, and matters. The result of this relentlessness to produce and express himself is what drives him to  constantly surpass his own limits and surprise us, He is a painter who, in the course of 8 years,  moved on from « amuse-gueules»  to « collages historiques », with every time a unity within each of  his series.

Quite demurely he says it is rather a kind of chance that drives him to discover which way he might go...after starting to paint.

Pascal does not try to find, he discovers himself (...) each painting is an adventure within himself, as well as for those who come across his works. His work must be seen, almost touched, for all in it is subtle and sensitive. It is a snapshot into which the spectator dives in a world halfway between what is familiar and what is strange.

He says that he moves forward on his canvas with his brushes and collages without always knowing where he is going, but I think that such an approach involves a sharp knowledge of the techniques, a thorough mastery of the movement and a deep sense of aestheticism.(Pascal has all this and even more ; and still more and more.) Like Kader Belarbi, I feel like calling that « the culture and contradiction of inspiration and freedom that an extraordinary technique allows. When, as a painter, Pascal Vochelet starts a movement, he does not know he knows how to do it, and does not know where he will go,,, » All this enables him to free himself and to produce unexpected and singular works, unclassifiable and that cannot be summed up... inasmuch as by dint of not looking for anything, he invents a style, a style of his own, just as apparently scattered as it is singular.

And with cycles that follow one another or crisscross, disappear or appear again, Pascal's work is stamped with a very particular dimension, almost universalist.

He admits that as his practice develops, he frees and constructs himself, and finds new ways in the projection of his self, his intimate and inner self. He may feel better here or there, but his versatility is beneficial for him.

Finally, often in doubt or hope of the other's look, Pascal surpasses himself by merging silently with his production, delving into his quest and his artistic introspection.

On a site of online auction, he had himself called P@ul. He brought luck to many collectors and art amateurs all over the world. Thus the happy transient bidders could sometimes see themselves be awarded marvels for a score of euros or so (shipping expenses not included). On reception of the work, most of them rejoined the ranks the regular buyers. ...almost invariably bulling the ratings. Unfortunately, on the net, some marvels sometimes slip through the fingers of buyers, though they be regular customers and ever more numerous. And one of them I was.

Since then, galleries, firms and competitions reward Pascal Vochelet, displaying his work and putting it forth.

And for this painter bound to the light of Normandy and landing in Marseille, the colours, shapes and matters which are laid and overlap, give his compositions that life and that so particular rhythm. According to Kader Belarbi, they are genuine ballet libretti.

Pascal VOCHELET has revealed himself to us for a long time and now really deserved to be discovered.

Caution...ARTIST...

Bertrand SCHOLLER
April 2013

Traduction: Daniel JAMES

Quotations from Kader BELARBI (Former Star Dancer of the Ballet of the Paris Opera, Choreographer, and Director of the Ballet of the Capitole at Toulouse)

 

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Opening : May 14th (6pm-9pm) and May 18th (3pm-7pm)

Exhibition : May 14th to June 9th 2013
From monday to saturday, 10 am to 7 pm

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Exhibition°2 : Frédéric HEGO

In the early 2000's, as I was wandering around on the internet, my eye was caught by a painting of Frédéric HEGO's. I got in touch with him by e-mail, to try, unsuccessfully, to buy it. This combined technique of paint and collage finally joined my collection a few years later, when we first met.

Frédéric then lived on the other side of the « périphérique » (the speedway ring road around Paris), in the east of Paris, where he was teaching painting and shared a spacious artist studio with other artists.

Frédéric does not talk much; he watches, listens and asks questions ; he also answers, with no needless words. Then, once the ice is broken, exchanges begin with less reservation. In the course of our long talks I appreciate the depth and integrity of the friendly bond that is being built between us.

Talking with Frédéric is like watching his paintings. One is at first stricken by the sonority and modesty of the words he uses, always accurate, sometimes scathing, and even cold or rough. However, as the conversation goes on, there only remains the warmth, the depth, the poetry, and the so cruel and clearsighted humour on society.  Frédéric looks with no concession upon the world in which he lives, and no longer watches television.

In short, the words and sentences of Frédéric are like his paintings, made of bits and pieces. What society seeks to conceal, Frédéric points it out, and what it would flatter and value, he hides. With Frédéric, nothing is just out-of-the-box. He makes the encounter with his work only accessible to those who search, watch, question, listen and who finally live and share the heavy and deep emotions that sweat off and sometimes dribble and drool from his paintings, with so many accurate streaks.

His series of round heads and red people are a formidable gallery of portraits of Man who is rigged out with his faults, neurosis and sicknesses. Frédéric HEGO assumes that the World, under the veneer of a clean and neat image, conceals in fact a great moral and physical ugliness.

What scrolls (rather than « those who scroll ») in the paintings of Frédéric never leaves  you indifferent, sometimes, we are amused,  but often we are bathed in dismay facing these vain , conceited and finally  rather second-rate characters. To crown this hellish atmosphere, even the children are ugly, and even « worse », the little girls are scuzzy.

In the wake of the artists of the Renaissance, Frédéric HEGO never stops reading, keeps on searching and learning. He means to be permeated with our society. He is modest, an indefatigable worker, thoroughly invested in his Art, and in his paintings, his drawings and his engravings. He is exacting and able to wait for years before achieving a painting, or discard it.. Frédéric does not, or almost not, burden himself uselessly; he moves forth with the frugal freedom of contemporary artists.

For Frédéric, contemplating the past of his work to prepare his retrospective at 55Bellechasse is a genuine challenge, so strongly is he bound to his present and to his projects.

To take up the words of Wadji MOUAWAD, Frédéric HEGO is like « a beetle which finds in the very faeces of society the necessary food to produce the works which fascinate and deeply upset his fellowmen. The artist, like a beetle, feeds upon the shit of the world he works for, and, from this abject shit, sometimes, he manages to force beauty to gush out and soar ».

So, rather than giggle and chuckle for a penny, like in the Middle Ages, at a monster show, let your eyes linger to escape from the appearances, not the appearances of Frédéric's work, but from our World's to find therein the traces of a possible future, of a positive nostalgia.

Bertrand SCHOLLER
(And Wajdi MOUAWAD for his « scarabée »- www.wadjimouawad.fr)

Traduction : Daniel JAMES

 

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Opening : April 23th (6pm-9pm) and April 27th (3pm-7pm)

Exhibition : April 23th to May 12th 2013
From monday to saturday, 10 am to 7 pm

 

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Exhibition n°1

Niloufar BANISADR

Niloufar Banisadr was less than ten when the Shah of Iran, Mohammad Reza Pahlavi was overthrown by Ayatollah Khomeini. Born in a traditional family, she bore the brunt of a change of regime full of contradictions. Some of her relatives were jailed, exiled - sometimes even sentenced to death. Today, she still keeps scars of these events, and most of all the certainty that anything is always liable to happen, the best as well as the worst. A certainty that makes of her a free woman, resolutely optimistic. She is conscious of the many major assets of her country of which, first and foremost, its youth, its dynamism, its culture and its history.

All her work reflects the conflict between liberty and censorship. What is suggested comes in aid to the words to express a subtle fight, a strife to get rid of the shackles of tradition.

Her series of photographs on  Shadow-Man  is striking. It makes one feel the precariousness of Man in front of the elements, whether natural or artificial, in front of the weight of an intrusive modernity with neither heart nor soul, a monster of concrete. However, Niloufar manages to free herself of it, removing veils and hypocrisies.

She also invites us on a journey, a kind of exodus to her chaotic Tehran which wavers between multiple futures. In this long series of photographs, very few are those in which human beings appear: the artist shows us the man-made urban landscape, which transcends and outlives him. A witness to the permanence of the Persian history, and of mankind before the contingency of events and regimes

The birth of a new art gallery in the cultural landscape is always a source of joy and hope for me. It is the witness and the tool of a cultural vitality and of an endlessly renewed challenge which nourishes our society and ensures its future.

Jacques ATTALI
March 2013

 

 

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Opening:  March 19th, 2013, 5pm-10pm

Exhibition: March 19th - April 21th, 2013
From monday to saturday, 10 am to 7 pm

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Exhibition Pascal MARCHESINI - ARNAL

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