Off-site events - Simple Gestures

Off-site eventsOff-site events - Simple Gestures

From 26 September 2014 to 1 Mars 2015

Locations : Musée du cristal Saint-Louis
Category : Off-site events
Public price : Included in museum entry ticket, rates : 6 €, 3 €
Public : All ages
Duration : Every day except Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The mind makes the hand, the hand makes the mind. The gesture which does not create, the empty gesture, provokes and defines the state of consciousness. The gesture which creates exerts a continuous action on inner life. The hand wrenches the sense of touch from its merely receptive passivity and prepares it for experience and action. It teaches man to conquer space, weight, density and quantity. It fashions a new world and leaves its imprint everywhere upon it. It pits itself against the matter it transforms, the shape it transfigures. Educator of man, the hand multiplies him in space and time.

Henri Focillon, In Praise of the Hand (1934)

“ At the heart of the manufacture Saint-Louis (the oldest crystal factory in Europe, opened in 1586), in the museum that is home to some of the workshops’ most remarkable creations, Simple Gestures is an exhibition conceived as a counterpoint to the ideas developed in the exhibition Simples Shapes, at the Centre Pompidou-Metz. While the latter highlights the fascination exerted by objects themselves, the exhibition at Saint-Louis focuses on the processes upstream of the finished piece : subtle gestures informed by expert know-how, the automatic, ‘mechanical’ gestures of everyday life, gestures alien to the repetition of mass production, expressive gestures of human relationship and interaction. A variety of registers, interpreted by the participating artists in works inscribed with the physical gestures of their makers - gestures that communicate as much as they ‘do’. Leading the visitor through the permanent heritage collections, the show’s contemporary sculptures, photographs and video works are a paradoxical reminder in this digital age, of the importance, effectiveness and persistence of gesture, and manual gestures in particular (the word ‘manufacture’ itself derives from the Latin, ‘to make by hand’.)
From the timeless wear of a pebble, held and manipulated against the palm of a hand (Gabriel Orozco) to the ‘mechanical’ gestures of everyday life (Natascha Nisic, Ali Kazma), the virtuoso handling of tools (Jean-Luc Vilmouth, Guillaume Leblon) and dance (Eva Kotatkova, Aneta Grzeszykowska and Emilie Pitoiset), each gesture celebrates the particular qualities of homo faber, whether in elemental movements that become music or sculpture (Melik Ohanian, Jean-Marie Appriou ) or the coded movements that scroll across the electronic screens that have invaded our lives (Julien Previeux).
All carry within them the most ancient and modern aspects of humanity. ”

Jean de Loisy

Simple Gestures is the first in a new series of temporary exhibitions at La Grande Place, musée du cristal Saint-Louis in Saint-Louis-lès-Bitche (Moselle), organised by the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, echoing the contemporary art programmes it has sponsored since 2008 in its six exhibition spaces (Brussels, Berne, New York, Singapore, Seoul, Tokyo).

Since 2008, Fondation d’entreprise Hermès has initiated exhibitions in its six gallery spaces (Brussels, Berne, New York, Singapore, Seoul, Tokyo). Simple Gestures will be the first in a programme of exhibitions at La Grande Place, Musée du Cristal Saint-Louis in Saint-Louis-lès-Bitche. Each year, the Foundation will propose two exhibitions whose main focus will be contemporary creation. Thematic group shows for the most part, they will consider glass or techniques, although the door will remain open to other themes.

Fondation d’entreprise Hermès will invite a cultural institution in the Lorraine region to curate three consecutive exhibitions in this space.

Centre Pompidou-Metz is the guest institution for 2014 and 2015.

Jean de Loisy, President of Palais de Tokyo
Sandra Adam-Couralet, independent curator

Rue Coëtlosquet
57620 Saint-Louis-lès-Bitche
Exhibition open to the public from 26 September 2014 to 1 March 2015,
every day except Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (included in museum entry ticket, rates : 6 €, 3 €)