The statuary figure is at the center of Nicolas Alquin’s new works. By constructing a chess game in which the players awaken, particularly with the strength of bronze, he pays tribute to artist such as Eugène Dodeigne, Roel, Reinhound D’Haese, or the Spanish Edouardo Chillida.
From October 13 to November 26, 2016, the Galerie Maeght presents “De toutes pièces“, the second personal exhibition of the French sculptor Nicolas Alquin. This most recent collection of his includes pieces made from bronze, wood, and ink on paper, as well as new engravings that are both signed and numbered.
The statuary figure is at the center of Nicolas Alquin’s works, which are influenced by the Belgian sculptor Eugène Dodeigne and the Flemish artists Roel and Reinhound D’Haese, and show a profound admiration for the Spanish sculptor Edouardo Chillida. With “Des toutes pièces“, Nicolas Alquin pays hommage to the works of these artists by constructing a chess game in which the players—rooks, knights, bishops, queens, kings, and pawns—awaken, particularly with the strength of bronze. In 1987, The Galerie Maeght exhibited a small chess game that Nicolas Alquin crafted in bronze for the gallery. Thus with this new exhibition, the narrative recounted in the first piece continues from where it was last left.
Nicolas Alquin searches for the connections between the materials, themes, and scale of his pieces, and also provokes their points of contrast and opposition. All of the works in this exposition oppose and unify each other in their diversity, and both the works on paper and the engravings prolong this dialogue. The chess pieces find themselves in a dreamlike landscape: the king becomes a cliff and the queen mist. For the first time, Nicolas Alquin introduces color into his works on paper, capturing the essence of the Breton countryside and the immensity of the sea, his points of inspiration, with browns, blues, and greens.