Modern art and design, conference of the 25th of June 2019

In the twentieth century, being modern meant chasing ornament. So the exclamation “it’s decorative!” Described with contempt a superficial painting, without a real artistic dimension.
How, after having dreamed of a fusion between major and minor arts, have painters managed to deny the decorative dimension of painting? Who resisted this separation and played “on both counts”?
From this conflictual relationship, contemporary artists have often taken with humor putting the decorative, ornamental, even kitsch in the heart of their practice.

Tuesday June 25th 2019 at 10:30 am

Salle Armand Lunel, Bibliothèque Méjanes,
Aix-en-Provence

Monochrome, a twists and turns adventure, conference of the 28th of May 2019

Nothing is more disturbing to an uninitiated than a monochrome painting, a painting of the absence of representation.
However, the monochrome adventure started in Russia at the beginning of the twentieth century, then embodied by Yves Klein, has continued to develop, between nihilism and sense of the absolute, to the point of becoming a genre in its own right that is surprisingly rich in plastic and conceptual possibilities.

Tuesday May 28th 2019 at 10:30 am

Salle Armand Lunel, Bibliothèque Méjanes,
Aix-en-Provence

Art and sciences, conference of the 19th of March 2019

Whether they have themselves first benefited from a scientific background or they need to collaborate with biologists, mathematicians, architects, computer scientists, to implement their projects, some contemporary artists produce works at the crossroads of art and science.
The recent exhibition of Tomas Saraceno at the Palais de Tokyo, for example, is the result of a collaboration between biologists, cosmonauts and philosophers.

Tuseday 19th of March 2019 at 10:30 am

Vasarely Foundation
Aix-en-Provence

Valentine’s day, do love and creation work together ?

This question makes it possible to explore a wide variety of cases among couples of artists, ranging from complicity to rivalry, from partnership to ego warfare, and reveals the evolution of manners and society over the course of the year. Twentieth century as to the look at creative women.

Thursday the14th of February 2019 at 18:00 pm

Vasarely Foundation,
1 avenue Marcel Pagnol
Aix-en-Provence 13090

The art work in motion, conference of the 15th of January 2019

In 1955, Victor Vasarely organized with Denise René a historical collective exhibition entitled “the movement”, which dedicated the notion of kinetic art. Whether the movement is an optical illusion or it is caused by a motor, the field of experimentation opened by these pioneering artists continues to be reinvented by our contemporary visual artists: today the expanded field of the sculpture includes movement, space and sound.

Tuesday 15th of January 2019 at 10:30 am

Vasarely Foundation
Aix-en-Provence