First floor, oldest sculptures and portrait of Marc Petit on the wall
First floor, oldest sculptures
Second floor with video
Marc PETIT "Au fil du bronze" en Provence
This exhibition was organized in partnership with Galerie Nicolet and represent the artist’s career from 1983 until the present day. These sculptures, which range from very small to monumental, will be installed inside and out of the Chateau de Gordes, in the heart of Provence.
For the first time in Gordes, the sculptor will exhibit 80 works. The sculptures will be displayed in the rooms of the castle and there will also be several large pieces in the gardens of the Simiane Hotel. The exhibit will run until May 27th.
Marc Petit started at age 14, "scratching a pebble with a screwdriver and a hammer," he says. Since then, he has continued to carve, inspired by Giacometti, Germaine Richier, and Rodin. This prolific artist, originally from the Lot (southwest of France), has never exhibited in Provence, nor even in the Southeast of France. This first exhibit in Luberon was curated by Richard Nicolet.
Marc Petit, who already has the honor of a museum dedicated to his work in Ajaccio, in Corsica, is taking a pause in Gordes after Paris, Vienna, and Vilnius, and before a planned exhibition in Canada.
The Chateau de Gordes exhibit, "Au fil du bronze", is comprised of 80 pieces from the sculptor’s collection. In addition, he will have six monumental artworks in the gardens of the Simiane hotel.
This retrospective traces the journey of an artist who has, for more than 40 years, been sculpting bronze artworks that reflect his questioning of time- the past, present, and the imprints it leaves on bodies and faces.
There are some men but mostly women. Marc Petit sculpted the first of these, a plaster portrait of his wife, at the age of 22. It is the only one in the exhibition among bronzes made of clay, plaster, sometimes wood, before being cast into bronze.
His works bring to mind the asperities of the skin, the aridity of certain lines shaped by the years- the signs of time passing but which, in the opinion of the artist, end up revealing beauty.
"Unlike the first image that we can have, my sculpture is tender and sweet," says Marc Petit. "My sculpture is a tribute to women. It speaks of disappearance, of absence. Also, it means beauty beyond the body, the art of seduction.” “Because I differentiate between pretty and beautiful,” he says. “Beauty requires not wanting to please.” “Beauty is first and foremost a strength and a presence. I want to show that it's time that makes you look good. " Catalog on Pdf can be downloaded (116 Mo)