Thomas Houseago - Sculptures pour amoureux

ExhibitionsThomas Houseago - Sculptures pour amoureux

May 7 - October 10, 2022
October 22, 2022 - April 24, 2023

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Public : All ages

The British artist Thomas Houseago has created two installations for the Forum of Centre Pompidou-Metz. He is exhibiting three raw, unstretched paintings. Hung from the roof, they add to the impact of Shigeru Ban and Jean de Gastines’ architecture and allow visitors to experience the works in their three-dimensionality. The first season will be extended
by an ensemble of three sculptures in autumn.

Executed at his Californian studio, in Malibu, outdoors and exposed to the elements, these paintings mark a new stage in the artist’s development. Nature has often been an anchor point for Thomas Houseago, but here it is the main subject, the source of a cosmic energy that the artist seeks to capture. The sun’s rays, the waning moon, oceans and wind resonate with the cycles of time and living things, cycles reproduced by our most intimate psyche.

They evoke art’s restorative power, its visceral relationship to life. By representing nature’s transcendental power, the artist create dreamlike and nightmarish landscapes that exist between objective reality and subjective interpretation. The viewer is invited to stroll freely amongst these extraordinary paintings, to look at them from every angle, like sculptures. One of them, Bucha, in the middle, was painted in reaction to the horrors of the war in Ukraine. The violence and brutality in it evoke sources from art history. The inclusion of trauma and suffering are essential elements in the artist’s practice. Through his canvases, Thomas Houseago assumes the responsibility for interpreting a collective sense of pain and hope.


Born in 1972 in Leeds, in Great Britain, Thomas Houseago is a major figure on the international art scene. Since 2003, he has lived and worked in Los Angeles and his work is regularly displayed in such institutions as the Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Galleria Borghese, Rome; the Royal Academy of Art, London; the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels; and the Palazzo Grassi - Punta della Dogana, Venice.

With the support of Gagosian Gallery and Xavier Hufkens

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