LA RONDE #4
Your contemporary art meeting
For the fourth consecutive year, La Ronde (“The Round”), a great contemporary art manifestation from the Normand territory, comes back. Just like in 2017 and 2018, based on a project call launched through France, the Metropolitan museums and their partners will exhibit the work of contemporary artists, renowned or emerging: sculpture, drawing, photography, installations, ceramic, performance… All forms of contemporary creation will be present and, during two months, the visitors will be able to discover, through different courses among the permanent collections, many exclusive artworks. This year, a new version of La Ronde’s revue will cover, apart from the projects presented for this exhibition, the entire actuality linked to contemporary art in the museums.
SOPHIE DUBOSC, Les derniers seront les derniers (The last will be last)
Born in 1974, Sophie Dubosc is a graduate from the National Fine-Art high school of Paris (2002), the Sorbone University (Master in Art History, 1998), and the school of the Louvres (1997). She exhibited her work at the Normandy Frac in Rouen, the Palais de Tokyo, the Palais des Beaux-Arts, as well as in many contemporary arts centres. She benefited from residences in Beirut Art Residency (Lebanon), the Josef and Anni Albert Foundation (USA), The departmental Hospital Centre Georges Daumézon in Fleury-les-Aubrais, at the International Artists Residence in Argentina, The synagogue of Delme, and at the Pavillon, the creation laboratory of the Palais de Tokyo. Since 2011, she teaches at the High School of Art and Design Le Havre-Rouen.
Thinking about new artworks in the Museum of Antiquity’s context brings us to question the reasons and problematics of the antique sculpture that has reached us: the human representation, life’s utensils, funeral rites. Within La Ronde’s programme, I considered the possibility of extending the exhibition A l’Antique, conceived in 2017 by this museum and the FRAC Rouen Normandie, in which I took part with the artwork Bras Cassé (Broken Arm), a deteriorated children’s arm cast in golden bronze. Focusing on the link between contemporary production and artefacts from the Antiquity highlights the persistence of fundamental problematics throughout the ages.
The project will take the form of an installation and a single sculpture conceived especially for the museum. The installation consists of a set of dishes in ash’s dough set up in the pit containing the big mosaic found in Lillebonne, where are currently displayed vases. Halfway between art and artisanship, these dishes made out of ash recall the universality of pottery, its usage in daily life up to the graves.
The woman’s figure made out of marble found in Lillebonne and dated from the end of the 2nd century will be the starting point of a new sculpture. I already worked on the matter of physical damage as an indicator of psychological and social damage. Revisiting this woman’s figure brings us to question how to actualize our view on an altered human representation that acts as a metaphor of a damaged humanity, resilient at the same time.
The propositions open a dialogue with the artworks and the museographic bias, questioning the categories of production, their usage and the persistence of transcultural and trans-historical values.
Les derniers seront les derniers, 2015, Cendre, Dimensions variables
La Ronde is also:
- At the Fine-Art Museum, the photographic series All Star by Valérie Belin and a set of sculpture by Rina Banerjee, in partnership with the Natalie Obadia Gallery Paris/Bruxelles ; Les nuages by Victor Cord’Homme, a project carried by La Maison des Arts of Grand Quevilly
- At the Secq des Tournelles museum, La troisième calamité by Simon Boudvin, who gets inspiration from the graphic of Hanoi’s wire racks, projects carried by the SHED
- At the Ceramic museum, L’arc-en-ciel géant Tagadaaaa… by Charlotte Coquen
- At the Natural History museum, Arnaud Caquelard’s installation De mémoire, in the continent gallery
- At the Fabrique des Savoirs : The photographic series of Stracci de Stefano
- At the National museum of Education (exhibition centre), carte blanche to the youth illustrator Arnaud Nebbache
- At the Hangar 107, the work of Tania Mouraud