Jean Arp, Marie Bovo, Daniel Buren, James Lee Byars, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Dadamaino, Jean Degottex, Latifa Echakhch, Petrit Halilaj, Anish Kapoor, Tadashi Kawamata, Bertrand Lavier, Piero Manzoni, François Morellet, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Robert Ryman, Antoni Tàpies
‘Did they take the milky sap
spilt on winter sky’s blue vault,
or the silver lily’s pap,
or the sea’s white spume of salt […]’
Théophile Gautier, ‘Symphony in white major’, Enamels and Cameos, 1852
Kamel Mennour is pleased to present ‘Jours blancs ’ [White Days], a group show bringing together the works of Jean Arp, James Bishop, Marie Bovo, Daniel Buren, James Lee Byars, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Dadamaino, Jean Degottex, Jean Dubuffet, Latifa Echakhch, Michel François, Douglas Gordon, Petrit Halilaj, Ann Veronica Janssens, Anish Kapoor, Tadashi Kawamata, Bertrand Lavier, Lee Ufan, Piero Manzoni, François Morellet, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Robert Ryman and Antoni Tàpies. The exhibition extends from the gallery at number 47 rue Saint-André-des-Arts, in Paris’ 6th arrondissement, to the gallery at number 28 avenue Matignon, in the 8th arrondissement.
The title ‘Jours blancs’ has been borrowed from a series of photographs by Marie Bovo, all of them taken in 2012 during the bright nights of Lofoten, beyond the polar circle in Norway.
The current exhibition has been conceived as an exploration of the colour white, which of course is produced by the combination of all the colours of the light spectrum. The visitor is invited to wander through the immaculate, frosted spaces of the gallery, like a blank page over which the works unfold their various histories.
More than ever, this is the space of the White Cube, a poetic screen, a luminous, milky-white field of possibilities enticing us to reflect and to dream. It’s a strange, floating world, at the outer limit of colour, light, and temperature.
Born in 1886 in Strasbourg (France), JEAN ARP died in 1966 in Basel.
Born in 1927 in Neosho (USA), JAMES BISHOP died in 2001 in Dreux (France).
Born in 1967 in Alicante (Spain), MARIE BOVO lives and works in Marseille (France).
Born in 1938 in Boulogne-Billancourt (France), DANIEL BUREN lives and works in situ.
Born in 1943 in Bologne, PIER PAOLO CALZOLARI lives and works in Lisbon.
Born in 1930 in Milan, DADAMAINO died there in 2004.
Born in 1918 in Sathonay-Camp (France), JEAN DEGOTTEX died 1988 in Paris.
Born in 1901 in Le Havre (France), JEAN DUBUFFET died 1985 in Paris.
Born in 1974 in El Khnansa (Morocco), LATIFA ECHAKHCH lives and works in between Vevey and Martigny (Switzerland).
Born in 1986 in Kostërc (Kosovo), PETRIT HALILAJ lives and works between Germany, Kosovo and Italy.
Born in 1954 in Bombay, ANISH KAPOOR lives and works in London.
Born in 1953 in Hokkaido (Japan), TADASHI KAWAMATA lives and works in Tokyo and Paris.
Born in 1949 in Châtillon-sur-Seine (France), BERTRAND LAVIER lives and works in Paris and Aignay-le-Duc, near Dijon (France).
Born in 1932 in Detroit, JAMES LEE BYARS died in 1997 in Cairo.
Born in 1936 in Haman-gun (South Korea), LEE UFAN lives and works in Paris and Kamakura (Japan).
Born in 1933 in Soncino (Italy), PIERO MANZONI died in 1963 in Milan.
Born in 1926 in Cholet (France), FRANÇOIS MORELLET died there in 2016.
Born in 1978 in Limassol (Cyprus), CHRISTODOULOS PANAYIOTOU lives and works between Limassol and Paris. Born in 1930 in Nashville, ROBERT RYMAN died in 2019 in York City.
Born in 1923 in Barcelona, ANTONI TÀPIES died there in 2012.
Courtesy the artists and kamel mennour, Paris/London