Curators :
Maurice Fréchuret
Ariane Coulondre
Musées nationaux du XXe siècle des Alpes-Maritimes

Mairie de Coaraze
Place du Portal
06390 Coaraze
T +33(0)4 93 79 34 80

July 2nd – November 7th 2011

Visible all day long

© Xavier Theunis, Simulation, 2011

© Xavier Theunis, Simulation, 2011

Coaraze à ciel ouvert
Open air installations in the town

In 1969, over forty years ago, four artists Daniel Dezeuse, Patrick Saytour, Bernard Pagès and Claude Viallat from the Supports/Surfaces art movement decided to transform the little rural village of Coaraze with their art work. The event was an important one at the time as it was one of the first instances in France that art was displayed in a non-museum or gallery space. In collaboration with the three national museums in the Alpes-Maritimes region, Coaraze has chosen to repeat the event this year by asking four young artists to undertake the same challenge. Pierre Deschamps, Frédérique Nalbandian, Emilie Perotto and Xavier Theunis will invest Coaraze with their works this summer.

Frédérique Nalbandian has chosen to install an enormous block of soap in the main village square. The soap is surrounded by a net, which is open to the forces of climatic erosion and is in tune with the surrounding architecture and the folds of marly limestone below. Pierre Descamps will take over a derelict space and invest it with new meaning. A concrete block in the shape of an “x”, a foundation which is at the same time a piece of minimal sculpture, an anonymous signature and a large scale “you are here”. Xavier Theunis on the other hand, has chosen to focus on the large layer of stone located to the right of the town hall and on which several houses are constructed. Thanks to a structure the artist will attach to the rock, the zone is transformed into a strange and enigmatic construction. Émilie Perotto, will transform the covered passageways and arched bridges (pontis) of this typically Mediterranean town. Through the use of light and artistic objects, she will transform the atmosphere and look of these places, making them the stuff of daydreams and reverie.