CASINO LUXEMBOURG Forum d’art contemporain
Upcoming exhibition: Buveurs de quintessences (19.1.2019 – 7.4.2019)
Artists : Fortner Anderson, Steve Bates, Marie-Claire Blais, Olivia Boudreau, Claude Closky, Marie Cool & Fabio Balducci, Alexandre David, Adriana Disman, Kitty Kraus, Stéphane La Rue, Kelly Mark, János Sugár
Curator : Caroline Andrieux
The title Buveurs de quintessences (Drinkers of quintessences) refers to Charles Baudelaire’s poem Perte d’auréole (circa 1860), in which the author relates the experience of an artist who, having unfortunately lost his attribute, finally accommodates himself very well. He is thus released from the pressure surrounding his status and can mingle anonymously with the crowd.
By extrapolation, the personality of the artist, his technical skill and his know-how, the subject as well as the object, are questioned and the fundamental principles of art shaken. With Marcel Duchamp and Kasimir Malevitch as precursors, this artistic trend was a paradigm of art in the 1960s. It was at this time that artists began to go against the exacerbated expressivity then dominant, seeking to extract from their works as much content as possible and putting away their ego. At the same time, they became fascinated by the notion of the infinite, thus fusing in their practices, through the notion of emptiness, as much a critical point of view as a search for sensation.
The exhibition Buveurs de quintessences, presented at the Fonderie Darling in Montreal, Quebec in 2018, brings together artists – including Canadian and European – who by their artistic approach prove their interest in this aesthetic experience. With minimal works, seemingly empty of content, ephemeral, which emphasise a search for infinity, the exhibition is positioned against the current of “the society of the spectacle” and calls for a reflection beyond the look.