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2017
19 May / 26 August

Edmund de Waal - Lettres de Londres

Edmund de Waal's art and literature speak to his enduring fascination with the nature of objects, and the narratives of their collection and display. A potter since childhood and an acclaimed writer, his obsession with porcelain or “white gold” has led to encounters with many people and places that help deepen his understanding of the nature of the material. De Waal is best known for his large scale installations of porcelain vessels, which have been exhibited in many museums around the world. Much of his recent work has been concerned with ideas of collecting and collections, and how objects are kept together, lost, stolen and dispersed. His work comes out of a dialogue between minimalism, architecture and sound, and is informed by his passion for literature.

Curator: Laurence Dreyfus


Edmund de Waal was born in 1964 in Nottingham, England. He received his B.A. Honors in 1983 from the University of Cambridge, England, and received his Post–Graduate Diploma in 1992 from the University of Sheffield, England. De Waal completed his Senior Research Fellow in Ceramics in 2002 from the University of Westminster, London. Recent solo museum exhibitions include “Ceramic Rooms,” Geffrye Museum, London (2001); New Art Centre, Roche Court, England (2004); “Arcanum,” National Museums and Galleries of Wales, Cardiff (2005); “Vessel, perhaps,” Millgate Museum, England (2006); Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge, and Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, England (2007); “Signs & Wonders,” Victoria & Albert Museum, London (2009); “Night Work,” New Art Centre, Roche Courte, England (2010); “Edmund de Waal at Waddesdon,” Waddesdon Manor, Buckinghamshire, England (2012); “On White: Porcelain Stories from the Fitzwilliam,” University of Cambridge, Fitzwilliam Museum, England (2013); “Another Hour,” Southwark Cathedral, London (2014); “Atmosphere,” Turner Contemporary, England (2014); “Lichtzwang,” Theseus Temple, organized by Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna (2014); and “The lost and the found: work from Orkney,” New Art Centre, England (2015). De Waal’s most recent solo gallery exhibitions include “Edmund de Waal: ten thousand things,” Gagosian Gallery, Beverly Hills (2016); and “Irrkunst,” Max Hetzler gallery, Berlin (2016).
De Waal currently lives and works in London.


His acclaimed memoir The Hare with Amber Eyes was the winner of the Costa Biography Award and the RSL Ondaatje prize. In 2015 de Waal was awarded a prestigious Windham– Campbell prize for non–fiction by Yale University. His latest book The White Road: a pilgrimage of sorts was published in November of 2015.

> Opening 19th of January 6:00 PM

The exhibition will end on 14th of April, Muraille will be closed on 15th

2017
20 January / 15 April

Marc Couturier "Voyage, voyage, des aucubas aux dames de nage"

Marc Couturier

"Voyage, voyage, des aucubas aux dames de nage"

 

Marc Émile Léon Couturier est né en 1946 à Mirebeau-sur-Bèze, Côte-d’Or. Il vit et travaille à Paris.

« Marc Couturier est un voyant. Comme tel, il ne voit pas forcément ce que nous, nous voyons. Il se désintéresse de l’immédiateté des signes. Il reconnaît les choses, mais surtout il en perçoit d’autres. Il a la faculté de déceler d’autres sens, d’autres apparentements, d’autres présences dans ce qui fait l’ordinaire de notre œil. D’ailleurs il est à l’affût non pas des choses en elles-mêmes, mais de ce qu’elles pourraient devenir, de l’écart qu’elles peuvent produire, de ce qu’elles livrent soudain d’irrationnel, d’imprévu, de leurs lueurs et de leurs ombres. Il est préoccupé d’un au-delà de leur apparence. C’est un incomparable détective, qui ne voit que ce qu’il cherche, et qui le trouve infailliblement dans le foisonnement pourtant extrême où il aime à séjourner »

Henry-Claude Cousseau texte paru dans "L'Œil des mots", Paris, Editions du Relief, 2011, sous le titre "L'œuvre de Brou", pp.128 à 146.

Sur une proposition de Béatrice Guesnet-Micheli, avec la complicité de la Galerie Laurent Godin / Paris

Vernissage jeudi 18 mai 2017 dès 18:00 en présence de l'artiste

Exposition du vendredi 19 mai au samedi 26 août
du mardi au vendredi 10:00 à 12:00 et de 13:00 à 18:00 le samedi de 13:00 à 18:00 ou sur rendez-vous

> https://www.laurentgodin.com/marc-couturier

> Carton d'invitation

2016
07 October / 17 December

Philippe Lardy - Life Forms

Philippe Lardy is a Swiss artist who has returned to his home country after a career as an illustrator in the United States and France. He will be exhibiting his works in Espace Muraille’s gallery from 7 October to 17 December 2016. Life Forms seeks to reconnect with the creativity of childhood – a world of play incorporating chance, accident and free interpretation. More than thirty works, mostly recent paintings, have been created using a variety of media, shapes and colours. Visitors will be transported to the heart of a universe of symbolism in perpetual evolution.

 

Vernissage le jeudi 6 octobre dès 18H00

Exposition du 7 octobre au  17 décembre

Du mardi au vendredi de 10H00 à 12H00 puis de 13H00 à 18H00
Le samedi de 13H00 à 18H00 ou sur rendez-vozs

 

> Pictures gallery

> Invitation

> http://philippelardy.blogspot.ch

2016
11 May / 17 September

Shirazeh Houshiari - Les grains tourbillonnent et les ondulations se déplacent

<< To see a World in a Grain of Sand
And a Heaven in a Wild Flower
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand
And Eternity in an hour >>

(excerpt of Auguries of Innocence / William Blake)


<< Pour moi, observer la nature est la meilleure source d’inspiration et d’enseignement. Elle est à la fois évasive et précise, chaotique et ordonnée. Afin de révéler le monde dans un champs, une pulsion ou une vague, il semble qu’aucune masse ou que rien ne soit fixe. Mais, en définitive, c’est cette attraction et cette gravité qui relient tout. >>

Shirazeh Houshiary

 

Vernissage: November 16th from 6 pm

Exhibition: May 11th to September 17th 2016

Closed from May 27th to Monday June 6th and from July 11th and August 15th

From Tuesday to Friday 10:00 am till 12:00 and from 01:00 pm to 6:00

Saturday from 1:00 pm ill 6:00 pm or by appointment




 > Pictures gallery

 

 

2016
08 April / 20 April

Arotin & Serghei - Light Impulse

 

 LIGHT IMPULSE

 

intermedial paintings & installations

 

Arotin & Serghei créent un univers de couleurs en superposition, en mouvement, en fusion et en éclat. Dans leurs oeuvres, le duo combine des techniques de dessin, de composition et de montage, en utilisant des médias et matériaux innovants et en intégrant des éléments de sons, d’architecture ainsi que des concepts scientifiques et philosophiques.

En avant-première à Genève et en coopération avec museum in progress, l’exposition présente des tableaux et installations faisant partie du projet “In nite Screen”, oeuvre d’art total, work-in-progress, initiée au Konzerthaus Wien en 2013, puis développée au Festival Ars Electronica 2014 et à la Biennale di Venezia 2015. La démarche se poursuivra au Kunsthistorisches Museum à Vienne en septembre 2016.

Curator: Kaspar Mühlemann-Hartl, Museum in progress Wien

With support of Museum in prograss and Bildrecht

 
Vernissage: April 7th 6PM

Exhibition: April 8th to 20th 2016

From Tuesday to Friday 10:00 am till 12:00 and from 01:00 pm to 6:00

Saturday from 1:00 pm ill 6:00 pm or by appointment
 
Artists talk April 14th and April 20th 6pm by appointment
 
 

2016
27 January / 27 February

Sheila Hicks - Farandoulo

Sheila Hicks - Farandoulo

 

PRIVATE FLAT ON FIRST FLOOR
8 BEAU-REGARD 1204 GENEVA

27.01-27.02 2017

Tue - Sat / 01-06 PM

In collaboration with Espace Muraille and Frank Elbaz gallery, Paris

 

> invitation card

> Sheila Hicks pictures gallery

> sheilahicks.com

2015
17 November / 13 February

Tomás Saraceno - Aerocene

Solo show of artist Tomás Saraceno

Vernissage: November 16th from 6 pm

Exhibition: November 17th to December 23rd 2015 and January 4th to February 16th 2016

> From Tuesday to Friday 10:00 am till 12:00 and from 01:00 pm to 6:00

> Saturday from 1:00 pm ill 6:00 pm or by appointment


> invitation card

> Tomás Saraceno pictures gallery

> tomassaraceno.com

2015
04 September / 17 October

Merete Larsen

Merete Larsen - recent works

> From Tuesday to Friday 10:00 am till 12:00 and from 01:00 pm to 6:00

> Saturday from 1:00 pm ill 6:00 pm or by appointment

2015
04 June / 17 October

Collection particulière / Saison 1 / MATERIAL AND FEELING

 

KAPOOR

ELIASSON

...

 

From 5th June till 4th July and from 4th August till 17th October 2015

Vernissage: Thursday 4th June from 6:00 pm


> From Tuesday to Friday 10:00 am till 12:00 and from 01:00 pm to 6:00

> Saturday from 1:00 pm ill 6:00 pm or by appointment

> Invitation

2015
28 January / 02 May

MONIQUE FRYDMAN U-TOPIA OF COLOUR

The question of the place, the Topos, and notably the place of colour, is raised in painting, philosophy and poetry. The place of colour is defined both in its presence, the painting, and in its absence, U-topia, which braids the no place, the in-itself (l’en-soi – the world of things, objectivity) of colour and its imagined place.  Blue is the colour of utopia, a purely abstract colour. The blue of the sky is a dream; it passes, from dawn to dusk, from lightness to darkness. For Monique Frydman, quite apart from blue, painting in itself is a utopia. A space for dreams, freedom that defeats contingencies. But what utopia are you talking about? What type is it that motivates the painter?

Monique Frydman has thus thought out and specially designed the U-topia of colour exhibition for Espace Muraille. The series of paintings and installations that she presents there incites us to meditate on this. 

www.moniquefrydman.com


Curated by Laurence Dreyfus

With kind support of the Alice Pauli gallery

> Biography

> Invitation

> Article in collection magazine (en)

2014
03 October / 29 November

Pierre Skira - Yohei Nishimura

Article published in the newspaper Le Temps

 

Pierre Skira

Born in 1938, he lives and works in Paris.

A pastellist, he will present his most recent works.

Pierre Skira exhibits at De Bayser in Paris and Arturo Ramon in Barcelona, after Jan Krugier in Geneva and Caroline Freymond in Paris. He has taken part in numerous exhibitions with, in particular, Jean le Gac, Titus Carmel and François Barbâtre. He has published works in collaboration with Jean-François Lyotard, Gérard Macé and Pascal Quignard. His collaboration with the latter was the subject of an exhibition at the Soissons Museum.

His works are in public and private collections in France and around the world.

 

> Invitation

Gallery of Exhibition Images: Pierre Skira

 

 

Yohei Nishimura (西村 陽平)

Born in 1947, he lives and works in Chiba and Tokyo.

He will present an installation of his “fired books” along with his very latest work, also on the theme of books, form and memory.

Cooked at 1200 degrees, miraculously “fossilized” by the magic of the electric kiln acting like a time accelerator, Yohei Nishimura’s fired books are moving far beyond their fragile beauty. Whilst the link with the autodafé appears obvious, what really takes places is a conservation or even a revelation, not a destruction. Admittedly the ink gradually disappears during the ten long hours of firing, but it is a work of collective memory to which the artist invites us with, as the starting point, the first page intact suspended above each work.

Founded in 1948 by Yagi Kazuo, the Sōdeisha movement contributed to the development of the ceramic-object concept (obuje-yaki) in opposition to utility pottery (yakimono). Through this ambiguous term, the avant-garde sought to break with sculpture in order to maintain this tension in the field of ceramic. But the irony is that it has thus contributed to the very western dichotomy between ceramic and art (modern, then contemporary). Whilst Yagi Kazuo launched the movement with his kokuto black ceramics fired at a low temperature, Ryoji Koie was even more radical, sometimes using industrial wood reduced into powder to mould his  face, sometimes reducing the concept of ceramic to its simplest expression:  “to burn things”, the literal translation of the word yakimono, going as far as simply making a mark with a cutting torch on the ground.

Very often categorised as a ceramist, Yohei Nishimura began by studying sculpture and this is undoubtedly a key element in his freedom. When he creates a kokuto piece in ceramic, in this particular case a recipient, it is an object in which to keep magazines that have been fired in the kiln.  When he “burns things”, for instance books or fruit, it is to better conserve them. Transcending the constraints confronting the Sōdeisha members, his work often takes the form of an installation, sometimes involving very different materials and techniques, such as iron, wood, lead or everyday objects. For his most recent work, on a series of books to be thrown out, he has only kept the covers. Painted in a way that only leaves visible the red cross showing that they were intended for the bin, they are carefully framed and covered with a protective layer of bees’ wax.

In the era of the cloud, ebooks and other digital tablets, this pioneer in specialised teaching for the visually impaired replaces substance and imagination with virtual and thus calls on our common, universal memory

Curated by Nicolas Christol

 

His works can be found in numerous collections including those of the Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Tokyo, the National Ceramic Museum in Sèvres, the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris, the Ariana Museum in Geneva and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. A pioneer in specialized teaching for the blind in Japan, he taught for 23 years at a school for the visually impaired in Chiba and directed the Nishimura Research Centerat Japan’s Women’s University in Tokyo-

 

> Invitation

Gallery of Exhibition Images: Yohei Nishimura

2014
02 May / 12 July

François Morellet and Tadashi Kawamata

Gallery of Exhibition Images: Tadashi Kawamata

Gallery of Exhibition Images: François Morellet

Article published in the newspaper: Le Temps

 

Caroline and Eric Freymond gave the Paris gallery owner Kamel Mennour a free rein for organizing exhibitions in Espace Muraille, a new exhibition place dedicated to contemporary art located in the foundations of family building at the heart of Geneva’s old town. From May to July 2014, you can discover works there by two artists with whom Kamel has worked for several years: François Morellet and Tadashi Kawamata, each occupying a floor in the exhibition space.

From Morellet, Mennour has mainly selected square canvases, some with neon lights. Whilst initially right angles appear to dominate, the squares are in fact broken within themselves by a both mathematical and voluble curves due to the effects of instability that the artist develops by moving, splitting and shifting his frames and supports.  This facetious squaring of the circle is notably at work in the Cruibes series where a sort of tight chain lets you envisage the work like the fragment of a larger design.  But the painting may become tondo and then we are faced with an inversion of values, the square sliding inside and exploding in sharp immaculate triangles which are like the facets of a diamond.

For Kawamata, the choice fell on a series of models and paintings on panels of plywood  Some works directly evoke the huts designed for the 2013 FIAC (International Fair of Contemporary Art) in Paris for the Place Vendôme column and buildings. There we have grafts like swallows nests discreetly clinging under the structures as if nature were reclaiming its rights in the urban environment. Others recall an installation in Chaumont-sur-Loire, in the form of a bucolic walk by the river as if on the planks of Normandy and British coastal towns. Finally, a few Tree Huts are emblematic of the work of the Japanese artist who creates fragile ephemeral architectures in salvaged wood, a cross between make-shift homes and huts for children.


It is precisely this child-like dimension that brings these two artists together, each in his own way giving us his Far Eastern poetry of the transitory. It is, in fact, not the first time that their works have been exhibited together, since, as a trial, for the exhibition of François Morellet at the gallery Kamel Mennour in Paris, Tadashi Kawamata created in spring a wooden walkway, a sort of floating boom  that allows you to float above an installation of neon lights created by the elder. Thus exhibition in Geneva thus marks a new stage in the pursuit of this fruitful dialogue.