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Art District: New exhibition ‘Andres Serrano – Cuba’ from October 9th to November 29th

by Royal Monceau Raffles Paris on 10/15/2014 | Art News

fortune-teller-AS-230-229From October 9th to November 29th, Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris and la galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris/Brussels are pleased to present, as part of the FIAC and Paris Photo, a solo exhibition of Andres Serrano, Cuba.

For his new exhibition, Andres Serrano focuses greater emphasis on Man. The people of the island turn out to be the main subject and object of a trip made by the artist in the summer of 2012. This Caribbean saga has bequeathed images and a collection with a foreword that begins with: “I wanted to capture the Breath of a Nation, its land, its people, its future.”

Born in New York in 1950 to parents from Cuba and Honduras, Andres Serrano went to Cuba for the first time on 25 May 2012. He had accepted an invitation from Jorge Fernandez, Director of the Wilfredo Lam Institute, to be present at the Havana Biennale which the latter oversees. He seized the opportunity to spend some time on the island of his forebears, nurturing a secret hope to fathom its essence. To that end, he stayed in the centre of Havana, in the Hotel Nacional, haunted by memories of such prestigious guests as Nat King Cole, Ernest Hemingway, and cigar aficionado Winston Churchill among many others. He set up his photography studio not far from the hotel, in a guest house located at the very heart of a working class neighbourhood which he at first found agitated and worrisome, before he grew familiar with its inhabitants as they passed through his lens in turn.

Through this collection of images, Andres Serrano extends the taste for the provocative albeit, as always, in an artful manner to raise awareness.

Born in New York in 1950, to parents from Honduras and Cuba, Andres Serrano grew up in Brooklyn where he studied at the Brooklyn Art School. In 1987, he was at the centre of a scandal that made him known throughout the world, following the exhibition of the immersion work “Piss Christ,” a photograph of a crucifix immersed in a glass of urine. His works are present in many private and public collections (CAPC Bordeaux Museum of Contemporary art, the Queen Sophia Museum in Madrid, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, and the Institutes of Contemporary Art in Chicago…).
In 2014, the Merz Foundation in Turin will devote a solo exhibition to Andres Serrano.
In 2015, the Fotografiska Museum of Stockholm, then in 2016, the European House of Photography in Paris respectively will organise a one-man exhibition devoted to the artist.

Exhibition « ANDRES SERRANO – Cuba », Art District Gallery
Open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10.30 am to 6 pm (free entrance)
Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris – 41 avenue Hoche, 75008 Paris
Tel : +33 (0)1 42 99 98 81 – artprogram.paris@raffles.com

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Pop-up art installation

by Royal Monceau Raffles Paris on 09/11/2014 | Art News

paris-design-week-230x229For the 3rd consecutive year, The Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris is supporting Paris Design Week with a pop-up installation. Until October 2, in its Lobby, Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris presents a dramatic pop-up installation by French artist Soline d’Aboville, once again affirming its close association with culture and the arts.

A graduate from the ENSAD (National College for Decorative Arts), Soline has designed window displays and pop-up installations for the biggest names in French luxury, including Louis Vuitton, Dior Couture, Cartier, Boucheron, Baccarat, Chanel Joaillerie and Guerlain. Drawing inspiration from travel and Nature, Soline has carved out a niche for herself on the contemporary decorative arts scene, telling simple yet emotional stories that spark the viewer’s imagination.

For the Lobby of the Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris, she has created a pop-up floating garden called “Fleurs de Paris” – an urban interpretation of nature, made of 250 orange paper flowers assembled by hand and printed with the hotel’s signature hand-drawn Paris map. This unique work of art was inspired by “French Garden”, the fresco painted by French artist Stéphane Calais for the ceiling of the hotel’s Michelin-star restaurant ‘La Cuisine’. Over 100 hours of work were required to complete this art installation.

On display until October 2

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Art district: new exhibition ‘Enoc Perez – Paris Mon amour’ From May 22nd, 2014

by Royal Monceau Raffles Paris on 05/19/2014 | Art News

Enoc Perez - Royal Monceau Raffles ParisFor its second exhibition in the art gallery of Le Royal Monceau – Raffles Paris, the Art District, the Galerie Nathalie Obadia chose to shed light on Enoc Perez, in a solo show presenting his paintings, collages and his first sculptures.

It is the fourth show by the artist with Galerie Nathalie Obadia, who has represented him since 2007. His first exhibition was hold then, after his participation in ‘Cher Peintre … Peintures Figuratives depuis l’ultime Picabia’ at the Centre Pompidou in 2002.

With these sculptural works, Enoc Perez continues to explore the themes of modernist architecture, nostalgia and the culture of his native Puerto Rico, which has always been a source of inspiration in his pictorial work. The sculptures revisit the atmosphere of hotels in the Caribbean, a topic which is also present in the paintings from the years 2000.

The Galerie Nathalie Obadia will be presenting recent paintings by Enoc Perez: more abstract architectures which use a very subtle and more austere palette of colours to define constructions which are still modern, but already shaping up to become the relics of an America and its history.

Enoc Perez was born in 1967 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. In 1986, he moved to New York, where he has lived and worked ever since. Enoc Perez graduated from the Pratt Institute (New York), and at Hunter College (New York). Since the mid-1990s, he has shown in a number of institutions, at MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) in Chicago, as well as at the prestigious Corcoran Gallery museum in Washington, with his solo show, ‘Utopia’, in 2012.

Exhibition « ENOC PEREZ – Paris mon amour », Art District Gallery
Open from Tuesday to Saturday from 10.30 am to 6 pm (free entrance)
Le Royal Monceau Raffles Paris – 41 avenue Hoche, 75008 Paris
Tel : +33 (0)1 42 99 98 81 – artprogram.paris@raffles.com

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