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Stéphane Calais Les roses et les verts (une fête galante) and Automne Hiver

In 2016, Palais de Tokyo is inviting Stéphane Calais (born in 1967 in Arras, lives in Paris) to produce two new pieces Automne Hiver in the building’s hall and Les roses et les verts (une fête galante) on its windows. In a play between the interior and exterior, and colour and black-and-white, his interventions act on the very structure of the place, giving it a new dimension.  

By blowing-up fragments of his paintings onto sheets of paper of the same format as the outer windows of Palais de Tokyo along the avenue du Président Wilson, Stéphane Calais is displaying both a pictorial gesture and its materials.

In the hall of Palais de Tokyo, Stéphane Calais is producing a monumental mural collage made up of over a hundred unique, black-and-white silk-screen prints, of the same format. Wavering quite clearly between abstraction and figuration, their motifs – flowers, blots and various other shapes – are echoed across ten hanging sheets. Drawing remains his principal tool, and the artist is here examining some of the essential preoccupations of this field of representation (for example, looking at the nature of a line which can depict a flower, while another suggests an abstract form). In so doing, Stéphane Calais has imagined a piece of a complex, scintillating uncertainty, marrying the impermanence of flowers to that of posters, or multiple lines to a single one.
 

Site-specific installations Site-specific installation

From 18/02/2016 to 11/09/2016

"I just see my pieces’ efficacy in terms of my commitments. Quite naturally, drawing, my main tool, allows me to navigate the various fields that it crosses: in other words, all of them. The questions that then arise in terms of the media used (painting, mural drawings, collages of objects or images...) are classic ones. But it is in their coming together, their closeness, that tensions, ellipses or short cuts occur."

Artist’s statement quoted in a presentation of his work when nominated for the Prix Marcel Duchamp, in 2008.

Stéphane Calais

Considered to be one of the most important French artists of his generation, Stéphane Calais was nominated for the Prix Ricard in 2007, then for the Prix Marcel Duchamp in 2008. His pieces are present in several large museum collections, including the Musée National d’Art Moderne, as well as in many private collections. Recently, he has multiplied his projects both in France and abroad, in galleries or for private commissions. For example the monumental mural paintings he was invited to produce in 2012 for the Tour Havas, in Puteaux. Solo shows of his work have been organised in particular at the Zieher Smith & Horton Gallery (New York, 2014, 2009, 2006), the Galerie Aliceday (Bruxelles, 2012, 2008, 2005), the Centre d’art Passerelle (Brest, 2014), the CCC (Tours, 2013), the Espace Claude Berri (Paris, 2009) and Le Crédac (Ivry-sur-Seine, 2008). His work has also been shown in a large number of collective exhibitions, such as "Doré & Friends" at the Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain, Strasbourg (2014), "La vie des formes" at Les Abattoirs, Toulouse (2012), "Paris-Delhi-Bombay" at Centre Pompidou, Paris (2011), "In the studio" at the Kunsthalle Athena, Athens (2013), "Le Centre Pompidou au Musée de l’Ermitage" at the Hermitage, Saint Petersburg (2010) or "La Force de l’art" at Le Grand Palais, Paris (2009). A graduate of the École Supérieure des Beaux Arts, Nîmes, then a resident at the Institut des Hautes Études en Arts Plastiques, Paris, he has been teaching since 2009 at the Rijksakademie, Amsterdam.