Gaël Charbau was the publisher of the magazine Particules, which he also founded, until 2010. He is currently the editorial director of the Salon de Montrouge and a curator working both in Paris and South Korea. Here, he brings together works created as part of “residencies” sponsored by the Fondation d’Entreprise Hermès. Reminiscent of a waking dream, the exhibition crosses dream interpretation with an alchemical universe to closely investigate the ways in which our actions determine who we are.
“Condensation” is an exhibition conceived as an encounter between the realms of dream interpretation and alchemy. Structured around formal and narrative echoes, it leads the audience to the heart of matter, along a path populated with multiple artistic mutations. Located in the Galerie Haute of the Palais de Tokyo, “Condensation” will present to the public for the first time the totality of works created during residencies sponsored by the Fondation d’Entreprise Hermès.
Mentored since 2010 by four established artists (Richard Deacon, Susanna Fritscher, Giuseppe Penone and Emmanuel Saulnier), sixteen young artistes were given the opportunity to make use of Hermès’ various production methods (crystal glassworks, leather goods, jewelry, silks and textiles, boot making) to create an original work, constructed with unparalleled skill.
These young artists were able to collaborate with several artisans who followed, guided and counseled them during the various stages of their creative processes. Through this reciprocal exchange of techniques and skills, these residencies encouraged these young artists – for whom the question of production is crucial – to incorporate rare and exclusive materials, tool and techniques in their work. Conceived as a waking dream, in which figures and tales are interwoven, “Condensation” presents the visions and individuality of experience of this young generation of artists.
Fondation d’entreprise Hermes The Fondation d’entreprise Hermes endeavors to encourage people and organizations seeking to learn, acquire, transmit and explore creative gestures in the hopes of constructing today’s world and inventing tomorrow’s. Guided by its expertise and striving to find new ways to apply it, the Fondation explores two complimentary avenues: expertise and creativity, expertise and the transmission of skills. All diverse actions of the Fondation d’entreprise Hermes are rooted in a single, underlying conviction: our actions define us.
Gael Charbau, art critic and independent curator, created the magazine Particules, which he edited until 2010. Since 2009, he is the Editorial Director of the Salon de Montrouge. His latest exhibitions include: Rituel, Fondation d’Entreprise Ricard; Neil Beloufa, Les Inoubliables Prises d’Autonomie, Palais de Tokyo (cocurated by Daria de Beauvais); L’Arbre de Vie, Collège des Bernardins (co-curated by Alain Berland), and The French Haunted House, Song Eun ArtSpace, Seoul.
Marcos Avila Forero, Oliver Beer, Simon Boudvin, Gabriele Chiari, Elisabeth S. Clark, Marine Class, Marie-Anne Franqueville, Sébastien Gschwind, Atsunobu Kohira, Oh You Kyeong, Benoît Piéron, Félix Pinquier, Émilie Pitoiset, Andrès Ramirez, Olivier Sévère, Anne-Charlotte Yver.