Philippe Favier. All over

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Catalogue of the monographic exhibition at the Musée de Valence from 25 September 2020 to 31 January 2021.


The exhibition at the Musée de Valence, gives "carte blanche" to the artist Philippe Favier to present 30 years of creations, from various periods, drawings, engravings, sculptures, boxes, etc., establishing a dialogue with the museum's historical collections.
This exhibition, conceived by the curator Thierry Raspail, as an "all-over" tour of the entire museum, will not leave the visitor unscathed, as the artist's interventions will reinforce, inflect or slightly shift the perception of the museum's existing works, thus renewing, with humour and distance, our view of the museum's journey.
The catalogue, imagined as a real object with careful manufacture, allows us to retrace Philippe Favier's career, from his first works to the most recent, mostly unpublished, works. Accompanied by a rich and varied iconography, from the works presented to in situ installations, it brings together a group of authors, art historians and curators,
authoritative: Amélie Adamo, Bernard Ceysson, Thierry Raspail, Pascale Soleil. Through their contributions, they all shed essential light on the artist's work.


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Favier (Philippe)

In Europe’s artistic scene, Philippe Favier is an example of a singular practice which has no real equivalent. Born in 1957, he has, since the 1980's, produced paintings where the motif becomes a simple ornamentation of a wider whole, without visible hierarchy and without any particular construction apart from the fact that it creates an off-camera, both physical and mental. There is in this artist, the idea that art should, above all, activate imagination. To achieve this he does not hesitate to introduce fascinating little figures, sometimes multiplied to infinity. Using the theme of vanities, death and skeletons, he fills his pages with ordinary but surprising objects that alternate with intriguing otherworld images. The important point for him, is that the book, the images, the story-path, are to be read and deciphered. The work is a synthesis between the pages full of crypto glyphs, and the page after-page succession of possible readings. Philippe Favier builds impossible works, without beginning, without end, without orientation, without any destination other than to lead us into unsuspected depths in our imagination. Time stretches, lengthens to infinity, takes different forms according to how we read.

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