Painting has no confines at the Fondation Louis Vuitton, where colours escape from the space of the canvas to invade the walls, ceilings and the floor. Five contemporary artists of various generations transform the halls designed by Frank Gehry into a high energy exhibition. There’s Sam Gilliam (1933) who, in the post-war period, profoundly impacted American painting, with a historic series of drapes from the 1960s for the first time in France, but also the provocations of Steven Parrino (United States, 1958 - 2005), in paintings that cite pop culture and the underground. Between conceptual and minimalism, Swiss artist Niele Toroni (1937) shows how the geometric effect of his brush stamps lend themselves to infinite variations on various support mediums. Two works conceived for the spaces of the Fondation represent more recent generations. German artist Katharina Grosse is a veteran of site specific art. This time around, in Gallery 10, she offers a dynamic structure composed of triangles and covers every surface with dazzling colours which she defines overall as “an interface between colour and daylight”. Finally, Megan Rooney (Canada, 1985) has worked outdoors, mixing painting, architecture and performance art. The movements of her body in relation to the environment, create immersive and vibrant landscapes, where the abstract reconciles itself with reality.
A territory of sharp contrasts, lacerated by migration policies and an omnipresent colonial legacy mark this artistic itinerary.
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