Le Gisant, Youri Gagarine
Le Gisant, Youri Gagarine
Le Gisant, Youri Gagarine
Le Gisant, Youri Gagarine
Le Gisant, Youri Gagarine
Le Gisant, Youri Gagarine
Le Gisant, Youri Gagarine
Le Gisant, Youri Gagarine
Le Gisant, Youri Gagarine
Le Gisant, Youri Gagarine
Le Gisant, Youri Gagarine

"A recumbent is a living being caught by death, or a dead being which seems to be still alive; a generic figure of an existing body, but lifeless; it's statuary in its most extreme form. The over-dimensioned recumbent statue Gisant, on the Marble Court, echoes the permanence of the great men that occupied this place well beyond their mortal fate. Unlike the architects, which are either sitting or standing on pedestals, the recumbent figure, either dead or lying down, abandons the verticality characteristic to mankind and blends in with the ground." Xavier Veilhan

"Un gisant, c’est un être vivant saisi par la mort, ou un mort qui semble encore vivant ; figure générique d’un corps existant, mais sans vie ; état paroxysmique de la statuaire. Le Gisant sur-dimensionné de la Cour de Marbre évoque la permanence des grands hommes, hôtes de ces lieux, au-delà de leur destinée humaine. À l’inverse des architectes assis ou debout célébrés de l’autre côté du château, le Gisant, mort ou allongé, renonce à la verticalité propre à l’homme, et se fond dans le sol de la cour". Xavier Veilhan Dimensions et poids de chaque élément : Corps : 450 x 186 x 76 cm, 375 kg Casque : 93 x 97 x 90 cm, 65 kg Pièce géode : 81 x 92 x 50 cm, 30 kg Pièce 1 : 88 x 28 x 25 cm, 20 kg Pièce 2 : 88 x 28 x 25 cm, 20 kg Pièce 3 : 88 x 28 x 25 cm, 20 kg

About Xavier Veilhan

Xavier Veilhan’s sculptural interventions are bold and transfixing, while complementing existing architecture and altering how viewers look at their surroundings. His “Architectones” series pays tribute to Kasimir Malevich's “Architectons,” three-dimensional models that blend architecture with philosophy. In “Architectones,” Veilhan installed sculptures in celebrated, modernist homes; each work was unique to the setting and placed in dialogue with the building’s architecture. A sixty-foot bust of Le Corbusier was set atop the architect’s Cité Radieuse in Marseille, for example. Through faceted, distorted shapes, Veilhan’s structures capture energy by revealing the movement surrounding them. In 2009, Veilhan’s work was displayed in the Palace of Versailles and its surrounding gardens, juxtaposing traditional architecture against minimalist, futurist-inspired sculpture, with the ultimate goal of enhancing the former.

French, b. 1963, Lyon, France, based in Paris, France

Exhibition Highlights On Artsy

2016
2015
Xavier Veilhan CEDAR, Andréhn-Schiptjenko, Stockholm
2015
Horizonte Verde, Galeria Nara Roesler, São Paulo