Les Champs Libres, Musée des beaux-arts, Frac Bretagne, Rennes
A project supported by the City of Rennes and Rennes Métropole
La fête dans tous ses états
The exhibition Pas sommeil proposes to envision the summer of 2022 as the twilight of this pandemic that will have forbidden us to indulge in the forms of nightly wandering that we are so fond of and that have always been deeply rooted in Rennes’ DNA. The summer of 2022 will be the night during which transgressions will once again be possible, bringing back about collective experience and encounters that create meaning and form.
The exhibition wants to be open, festive, poetic, generous but also contemplative, surly and militant. It intends to evoke the party in its broadest sense – from the impromptu popular gathering to the dance floor, from the village party to the rock concert, from the techno rave to the queer culture… – by bringing together artistic practices from all horizons. The party will be the place of rejoicing as much as of resistance, the place of social, identity and cultural claims as well as of expiation, the place of the spectacular as well as of the intimate…
Marina Abramović, Boris Achour, Diane Arbus, Davide Balula, Marc-Camille Chaimowicz, Clément Cogitore, Zuzanna Czebatul, Edith Dekyndt, Rineke Dijkstra, Sylvie Fleury, Ceal Floyer, John Giorno, Nan Goldin, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Andreas Gursky, Keith Haring, Julie Hascoët, William Kentridge, Yarema Malashchuk & Roman Khimei, Bernhard Martin, Jean-François Monier, Tania Mouraud, Mark Neville, Vincent Olinet, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Cécile Paris, Tony Regazzoni, Delphine Reist, Georgina Starr, Agnès Varda, Piotr Uklański, Bárbara Wargner & Benjamin de Burca, Gillian Wearing.
In the streets of Saint-Briac this summer, the Frac Bretagne and the municipality are offering a new open-air artistic experience. In an ever-renewed dynamic of immersion, the paving of flags is accompanied by new wall display surfaces and plunges the public space under a coloured wave: the streets and alleys of the village welcome the work of Elsa Tomkowiak. With rhythm, strength and voluptuousness, the artist takes hold of the brightest colours, plays with their vibrations and offers visitors a new sensory experience.
Internationally renowned for his illustrations produced for prestigious clients such as The New York Times, the Centre Pompidou, Les Inrocks, The Guardian, RCA Records, National Geographic and the Grand Palais, the Breton artist Jean Jullien has been developing a graphic commentary on the contemporary world that is as amusing as it is acerbic.
Populated by what he calls his Paper People, Jullien’s universe draws as much from the popular culture of this child of the 1980s as from the history of poster art – from Ungerer to Savignac. More recently, he returned to the South Finistere coast of his childhood to devote himself to painting. From Lesconil to La Torche, he observes dunes, boats and surfers, with all the genius of the line that we know, giving the feeling of wanting to escape from the schizophrenia of press commentary to put the long time on canvas.
For his solo exhibition Les Pas in Clohars-Carnoët, Jean Jullien invested this small village in Finistere where some of the heroes of the Pont-Aven School settled at the end of the 19th century.
One of his Paper People leaves the paper sheet to go on a journey in the steps of his illustrious predecessors, in volume and on a human scale. We discover him sitting in the tavern-inn where the painters stayed, run at the time by Marie Henry (today reconstituted identically at the Maison Musée du Pouldu), lying on the beach of Le Pouldu whose landscapes and famous light inspired them so much, or working, brush in hand, in the Chapelle Saint-Jacques, transformed into an artist’s studio.
This artistic fiction through the village continues at La Longère with an exhibition retracing the history of Paper People in Jean Jullien’s practice.