Curators :
Régis Durand,
Zia Mirabdolbaghi

Château de Villeneuve/
Fondation Emile Hugues
2, place du Frêne
06140 Vence
T +33(0)4 93 58 15 78
artculturepatrimoine@wanadoo.fr
www.museedevence.com

June 25th – November 7th 2011

Open tuesday to sunday,
From 10am à 12h30 and
From 2pm to 6pm.

Philippe Ramette, Exploration rationnelle des
fonds sous-marins : le
contact, 2006, Photo : Marc Domage
© Philippe Ramette, Courtesy Galerie Xippas

Philippe Ramette, Exploration rationnelle des fonds sous-marins : le contact, 2006, Photo : Marc Domage © Philippe Ramette, Courtesy Galerie Xippas

Château de Villeneuve
Emile Hugues Foundation
Attention à la figure
-Focus on the Figure-

The Château de Villeneuve / Emile Hugues Foundation offers an exhibition focusing on questions of representation. Representation or the evocation of the human figure is one of the primary motifs in Western Art. Throughout the ages and depending on the artists, this motif was more or less dominant and at times was even negated or contested as was the case with the Geometric, Decorative, Formless and Abstract art movements. In 20th century art, the human figure has gone through several phases of transformation and deconstruction, ceasing at times to be the dominant motif even in its most obvious form such as figurative art works.

As the human figure continued to appear and disappear, Vence bore witness to two important moments that deserve to be mentioned : In 1961 – 62, Jean Dubuffet, who was preparing to return to Paris after several long stays in Vence, introduced a “new form or style of figurative art that was deliberately heightened” (H. Damisch) into his work. This contrasted with the textures and indistinct forms of his work from the 1950s. At the same time and in the same place,  Robert Malaval,  in his Aliment blanc series, finds another way of evoking the human form. In later years, 1965 – 68, Malaval will also evoke the human figure in the Rose- Blanc-Mauve series in the form of stenciled portraits/silhouettes in which traces of his Aliment blanc can be seen in the limbs of the subjects. It is interesting to see the vision that contemporary artists have of the human figure 50 years after Dubuffet and Malaval.  Philippe Ramette explores issues of representation through photographs based on performances he has given. Natacha Lesueur on the other hand, focuses on the human body and in her photographs captures images of the body decorated with food.


Zia Mirabdolbaghi, Directeur du Château de Villeneuve/Fondation Emile Hugues, Vence.