The gallery would like to take advantage of this unlikely and fictional moment which has become reality in order to highlight the extraordinary power of the artist. We will not offer you an online exhibition of the show the current situation has delayed us from presenting, but instead use this moment of pause to talk about the essential concern of art and its creators in a world where its points of references seem to be disappearing. It is clear that the rhythm we have imposed on ourselves since the beginning of the 20th century is coming to a redirection created by this heavy silence surrounding us.
The clairvoyance of the artist, which can be seen in the eponymous painting by Magritte, is often the reflection of an exceptional sensitivity, it makes for humans who possess a superior power of perception. “The work of art presents the point of view and investigation of the artist of the world and allows the viewer of the work to ponder, react, remain perplexed or propose their own suggestion” (1).
Perhaps we have forgotten that works of art and their exhibitions are spaces for reflection, they serve as a means of understanding our environment more than entertaining us. Exhibitions can of course make us smile but they ultimately present a personal vision of the world, its weaknesses, its low points and its solutions.
It’s for this reason that last year the gallery presented two exhibitions, Indus 2 and Indus 3, on the theme of post-industrialisation bringing together the works of Caroline Achaintre, Marion Baruch, Jeremy Deller, Daniel Dewar and Gregory Gicquel, Matthew Angelo Harrison, Adam McEwen, Kate Newby, Tania Perez Cordova and Roman Signer. The first part of the exhibitions included artists from a generation who question the next steps of an industrial society and in the second part the use of de-industrialised spaces as a source of creation.
In the same way, the time that has been imposed on us today should allow to think creatively and take advantage of this moment to reflect and imagine appropriate habits which allow us to live together peacefully for future generations.
1. Published 20/12/2016 by Jérôme Thouart on the Magritte exhibition at the Centre Pompidou