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Collective Exposition “Le Bestiaire” from Apollinaire
November 9, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
A collective exhibition to celebrate the hundred year anniversary of the death of the French poet, Guillaume Apollinaire (1918 – 2018).
After five exhibitions and inspiring meetings since its inauguration last December, the Dupressoir Gallery presents a new perspective of the book of poetry, Le Bestiaire ou Cortège d’Orphée by Guillaume Apollinaire. Born in Rome of Polish and French descent, Apollinaire was a friend and collaborator of the great painters of the early 20th century.
Poetry and painting have always made good friends. An ideal aesthetic alliance between those who write for images and vice versa. This approach is still incredibly compelling since poetry offers endless possibilities, just like painting.
The Dupressoir Gallery decided to revise the artistic initiative of Apollinaire, entrusting not to one, but to ten painters, creating new illustrations for his collection of poems.
Thirty creatures illustrated by ten artists:
Valéa Djinn (Paris), Viviana Guasch (Barcelona), Isabelle Hayman (London), Véronique Lafont (Burgundy), Lola Lecoutour (Barcelona), Isao Llorens (Barcelona), Perico Pastor (Barcelona), Charlotte Puertas (Paris), Nathalie Salé (Royan), Marc Tanguy (Paris).
Each of the artists were assigned three animals of Le Bestiaire, consisting of thirty in all. Each artist used the same size and format: A6 on paper with the possibility of producing up to three different versions of each creature.
The artists had carte blanche to stick to the text or to tell their own story—giving free rein to their imagination. Each artist brought Le Bestiaire into his pictorial universe through drawings using pencil, pen, illustrations, watercolors, oil paintings, acrylics, monotype prints, collages, colored and black and white pieces.
The illustrations are exhibited along with each poem in French, Spanish and Catalan.
Arthur de Gaulejac, one of the founders of Caskadia, will provide a selection of French wine to accompany the art and poetry during the opening of the exhibition.