A history of painting – Agnès Thurnauer

Palindrome Gentileschi / Bochner collage 2015

Palindrome Gentileschi / Bochner collage 2015

25.06 to the 25.10.2016

Agnès Thurnauer, artist Franco-Swiss international fame which had the honour to hang a portrait gallery feminized on the entrance wall of the Centre Pompidou for two years and then the SAM in Seattle and the CCBB of Rio de Janeiro, is the Château de Montsoreau from June 25 to October 25, 2016.
His protean work makes it Uncategorized in the artistic universe contemporary and gives sense to retrospective exercise.

The answer Agnès Thurnauer brings today is in the form of a history of painting, that it impersonates or otherwise in feminizing or masculinizing the first names of the greatest heroes of Western painting. In the largest room of the Castle presents a gallery of Portraits, part of the series of those already presented at the Centre Pompidou, offering a panorama of the history of painting ranging from Nicole Poussin (specially made for the exhibition) to Annie Warhol, passing by Roberte Mapplethorpe.

Each of these Portraits "Grandeur Nature", as calls Thurnauer, is for the viewer an opportunity to reminisce or to meet a work of art, and, through the name of the artist by highlighting the significance and importance of the surname. This new complex first name/surname became the form of painting, and to retrieve the painting of the concept of gender and tell another story of art: an art history or the creator of the work is more in a role of man or woman, but in a role of painting. A role in which he or she embodies this painting that may well not have gender. A way of saying that in any case this story does not belong to men.

Watch Walker from Courbet in simple visit with Cadere stick in his hand, imagine that Artemisia Gentileschi painted the portrait that Mel Bochner had painted of Eva Hesse, as painting or surprise trying to paint the painting, the flagrante delicto or the abyss implementation.
One can easily imagine these characters of painting ingrown, imagine that the traveller will suddenly blushing and release the stick, or simply we look and give us, as a passer, so we also know what it feels to hold paint in his hands.


"A history of painting.
Agnes Thurnauer
25 June – 25 October 2016
Open every day from 10 h to 19 h