Je suis la chaise

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Open: Tue-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 11am-7pm

10 rue Charlot, 75003, Paris, France
Open: Tue-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 11am-7pm


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Je suis la chaise

to Sat 4 Feb 2023

10 rue Charlot, 75003 Je suis la chaise

Tue-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 11am-7pm


Allora & Calzadilla, Abraham Cruzvillegas, BLESS, David Douard, Francisco de Goya, Wade Guyton, Mona Hatoum, Thomas Hirschhorn, Klara Lidén, René Magritte, Jean-Luc Moulène, Ken Okiishi, Rick Owens & Michèle Lamy, Hamish Pearch, Anri Sala, Wolfgang Tillmans, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Oscar Tuazon, Heimo Zobernig.

The exhibition Je suis la chaise—in reference to the eponymous exhibition by Michael Krebber at Galerie Chantal Crousel in 2007—explores the different symbols and interpretations given to this generic and daily used object. The chair is seen here by various artists as a shape to be deconstructed or reconstructed, as an extension of the human body or even as a social allegory.

Artworks

The voltage murmur of calcium, 2022

Plaster, fabric, aluminum, magnet, steakers, metal, hair clip, rattan chair, plastic
700 × 700 × 700 mm
70 x 70 x 70 cm 27 1/2 x 27 1/2 x 27 1/2 inches
Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris. Photo: Martin Argyroglo.

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Untitled portable sculpture (La Señora de Las Nueces) 3, 2020-2021

Wood, nylon, steel, leather, beer caps
1500 × 3380 × 930 mm
Approx. 338 x 150 x 93 cm 133 1/8 x 59 x 36 5/8 inches
Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris. Photo: Martin Argyroglo.

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Untitled Action Sculpture (Black Thonet Chair), 2019

Altered powder coated steel chair
990 × 1140 × 640 mm
114 x 99 x 64 cm | 45 x 39 x 25 inches
Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris. Photo: Martin Argyroglo.

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Remains (chair) VI, 2020

Wire mesh and wood
415 × 845 × 410 mm
84.5 x 41.5 x 41 cm 33 2/8 x 16 3/8 x 16 1/8 inches
Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris. Photo: Martin Argyroglo.

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Capture, 2022

Wood, cardboard, paper, photocopy, marker, crystal paper, adhesive tape
1300 × 2400 mm
240 x 130 cm 94 1/2 x 51 1/8 inches
Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris. Photo: Martin Argyroglo.

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The chair has since its origin in ancient Egypt for main function to symbolize the rank and power of its occupant and owner. This symbolic origin is contained in the very etymology of the French word dating from the 13th century—chaiere—which means chair, seat, throne. A chair is an incarnate object: empty it marks absence, but when used it becomes one with the body it supports. It is also an invitation to stillness, to individual or collective reflection, like a pause in time. This exhibition aims to question the form, the function, as well as the symbolism of the chair, inviting us to reconsider it thanks to the often irreverent or highly symbolic take on of the artists.


Je suis la chaise, exhibition view, Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris (2022-23). Courtesy of the artists and Galerie Chantal Crousel. Photo: Martin Argyroglo


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