Soudain hier is the first solo exhibition by Marc Desgrandchamps at Galerie Lelong and to mark the occasion the artist has produced a series of 15 brand new paintings. These include large oil paintings playing with transparency and double exposure, painted with the confidence of someone who truly masters their art, as well as large gouaches on paper mounted on canvas, with precise lines and intense colours that give the subjects of his paintings a new materiality. In addition to the technical aspects, with these new works we also return to the troubling world that makes this artist so unique. We are struck by the depths of the vast landscapes that appear to stretch into infinity, by the ghostly silhouettes that blur the boundary between dream and reality, the scattered objects in landscapes where time appears to be frozen...With these works, Marc Desgrandchamps disrupts the classic codes of representation to take us ‘suddenly, to a time in cinematic suspension, both near and far.
Marc Desgrandchamps was born in 1960, studied at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Paris and now lives and works in Lyon. He is a French artist with a strong international profile. His work has already been the subject of major exhibitions in museums in Germany and France: at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Strasbourg, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Lyon, the Saarland Museum in Sarrebruck, the Kunstmuseum in Bonn, the MNAM Centre Georges Pompidou, the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, as well as in China at the Canton Art Museum and during the Shanghai Biennale in 2012.
Coming soon: Repères n°166, including an interview with Marc Desgrandchamps and Michael Peppiatt.
In preparation: A collection of the artist’s writings, to be published by Galerie Lelong Editions.