“Frac PACA”

Pascal Pinaud or the memory of gestures

A big season lies ahead for artist Pascal Pinaud. Two exhibitions are currently featuring him near Nice (“Sempervivum” at the Fondation Maeght and “C’est à vous de voir” at the Espace de l’Art Concret), before being followed up by another at the FRAC Marseille. The south of France is fertile artistic territory, and Nice is one of its breeding grounds. Near the end of the 1950s, the Ecole de Nice wrote a chapter in the history of art. This artistic movement asserted its independence from Paris, led by figures including Arman, Albert Chubac, Yves Klein, Martial Raysse, Ben and Bernar Venet. Found at the crossroads of different movements – Nouveau Réalisme, Fluxus, Support/Surface –, this school would add colour to the French scene. Pascal Pinaud is a child of this Nice School, even if he was born a bit further off to the west, in Toulouse, in 1964. Graduating from the Villa Arson (Nice) in 1990, he has taught at the same school since 1999. He has also carried out a number of projects in the region, such as an “exuberant composition of hybrid street lamps” for a tram stop in the Saint-Jean-d’Angély district (Nice, 2007). The three institutions which have programmed Pascal Pinaud in 2017, the Fondation Maeght, the Espace de l’Art Concret and the FRAC PACA, thus pay a fine homage to a child – albeit an adoptive one – of the region. One retrospective, two in situ projects At the Fondation Maeght, “Sempervivum” resembles a retrospective:  paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures, installations and neons, produced between 1989 and 2016, are being shown to the public. “The show conveys the impression of a collective exhibition,” confides Pascal Pinaud. He’s not wrong either, so wide a formal spectrum is covered by the artist’s works. Pascal Pinaud works in series...

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Illustrator Françoise Pétrovitch unveils her paintings

Three cultural institutions have invited Françoise Pétrovitch to design an artistic route, from Marseille to Tarascon, via Arles. Paintings, drawings, videos and sculptures make up this original body of work. Between an obsession with oddity and hybrid landscapes, a singular narrative is traced. Until 30 October, Françoise Pétrovitch is showing her recent work in the south of France, at the FRAC PACA and at the Château de Tarascon. She reveals a disturbing, ambiguous world peopled with young teenagers, heroes of a contemporary tale with no fairy-tale ending! And for the first time, she shares with the public her paintings, placed under the protective gaze of great masters in the history of art. You launched a triple exhibition in Marseille, Arles and Tarascon at the start of July. How did this project on three sites come into being? After showing my work with Pascal Neveux in 2005 – he was director of the FRAC Alsace in Sélestat at the time –, he invited me to show my work again nearly ten years later, this time in Marseille, at the FRAC PACA. But there was no question of it being a repeat of the last time, all the more so as my work has evolved a great deal since. When he suggested this new show to me, in 2013, I had just taken part in a collective exhibition at the Château de Tarascon, at the René d’Anjou art centre. The director wanted us to work together again, so things evolved quite naturally from there. Was the theme imposed, or was it the result of joint reflection? No, it was up to me to initiate the project on the three sites, from individual discussions with the three curators. At the FRAC I wanted to show painting in particular – with some drawings and...

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