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Parrathon, a retrospective by Martin Parr

Martin Parr
13.06.2020 - 24.01.2021
Frac Bretagne and Thabor Park, Rennes

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Parrathon,
a retrospective by Martin Parr

Entitled Parrathon, this retrospective of the iconic English photographer’s works traces the artist’s career through fourteen iconic series, dating from the mid-1970’s to the present day.

In total, nearly five hundred images await audiences at the Frac Bretagne and at the Thabor Park in Rennes.

Among the most famous photographers in the world today, whose work presents one of the most mischievous points-of-view in contemporary photography, Martin Parr is, according to Thomas Weski, an international expert on contemporary photography and the artist’s official biographer, the “chronicler of our time”.

His colourful and offbeat images, full of derision and irony, seem, at first glance, exaggerated or even grotesque. The patterns he chooses are strange, the colours garish and the perspectives unusual.  Mass tourism, class leisure or everyday objects found around the world, the subjects of his images reveal to us how we live, how we present ourselves to others, and what we value.

Frac Bretagne presents the world premiere of the Parrathon retrospective designed by the artist and produced with Magnum Photos in collaboration with Fovearts. The exhibition brings together his obsessions, his taste for kitsch, his attraction to overabundance, his intuitive and critical view on our society without judgment, all marked by his very English taste for ironic innuendo.

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Frac Bretagne, Rennes
from Tuesday to Sunday from 12:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
3€ full price/2€ reduced price
Free entrance : under 26 years old
Free entrance every first Sunday of each month

It is not possible to book as an individual visitor. Thank you for your understanding.

Parc du Thabor, Orangerie, Rennes
Summer : every day from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Winter : every day from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Free entrance

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Image : Autoportrait, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, 2007. © Martin Parr/Magnum Photos

L’eau et les rêves

Anthony McCall and Sarkis
19.09.2020 - 19.03.2021
Galerie Raymond Hains, Saint-Brieuc

L’eau et les rêves

Anthony McCall, leading figure of experimental cinema in the 1970s, is above all known for his solid lights sculpting moving volumes in space and changing with the movements of visitors. Line describing a Cone is the most emblematic work of his research. Oscillating between sculpture, drawing and video, this work offers to the viewer an experience both physical and visual.

In dialogue with this immersive installation are presented two videos from the series D’après Caspar David Friedrich by Sarkis, also approaching the ephemeral moment of creation through an unprecedented practice of watercolor.

Opening on Saturday September 19, 2020 at 6 p.m.

Conference by Etienne Bernard, director of Frac Bretagne, Tuesday September 29, 2020 at 12:15 p.m.

Raymond Hains Gallery, Saint-Brieuc

Image : Anthony McCall, Line Describing a Cone 2.0 (detail), 2010 © Anthony McCall. Photographic credit : Courtesy Galerie Martine Aboucaya

Le Pédilove

Anaïs Touchot
Permanent installation
Frac Bretagne, Rennes

Le Pédilove

This installation by French Artist Anaïs Touchot (born in 1987 in Dinan), situated in Frac Bretagne’s Canyon, is a space where the public is invited to relax, read, listen, scribble, hide, or chat, surrounded by barricades/palisades and tatami mats. Le Pédilove offers a place for lounging, encouraging bodies to adopt a slightly softer attitude, waiting and lascivious. Words painted on fabrics, table and signs play with expressions lifted from hypnosis, meditation, and coaching tutorials, adding a “fortune cookie” aspect to the artificial environment.

By inventing a space that borrows codes from multiple places, Anaïs Touchot carries on with her work as a “builder” or “demolisher” of shared spaces, affirming her role in the production of forms in which she diverts the weight of materials, removing any aspect of solemnity. A spirit of derision hovers in the titles of her latest works: “I will leave my old skin there”, “Muddy Glory”, “Lost Cat”, “Beauty worker”. These installations use catchphrases and buzzwords as a way of anchoring oneself in a shared banality, one that levels hierarchies, bringing together the art of the beauty salon, the football match, or the cat bar. “Relax, everything will be fine”.

The Canyon

The so-called “skylight” space was transformed in 2019 into a “canyon”, a hybrid space between an artistic experimentation platform and an educational space. It is inhabited by the passable installation “Le Pédilove” by Anaïs Touchot. It is a friendly and flexible place that promotes debate and the collective as well as individual experience – it is equipped with tables, seats, documentary resources, etc.

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