“Galerie Templon”

Jan Fabre or the big Belgian blowout

In the last few weeks, a breeze of eroticism and festivity has been blowing through number 28 Rue du Grenier Saint-Lazare, where Daniel Templon recently set up his latest Parisian quarters. To launch his new address, the gallerist is presenting an artist as Belgian as he is inspired: Jan Fabre.   Who better than this protean, corrosive artist to celebrate this new birth, his beguiling and subversively inclined art here tinged with folklore and gaudiness? Yet behind this glitzy burlesque show hides deep reflection on Belgian identity, which the artist, Flemish in origin, continually defends against all extremist stances. An interview accompanied with chocolates (Belgian of course), hovering between religious kitsch and mirthful sacrilege.   How did you design this exhibition “Folklore Sexuel Belge, Mer du Nord Sexuelle Belge”, which rings out like a celebration of life? You know, Daniel Templon and I met at least 20 years ago. Daniel gave me carte blanche to inaugurate his new Parisian space on Rue du Grenier Saint-Lazare. So I wanted to celebrate the birth my own way! I visited and studied the premises, then partly designed this exhibition in response to the environment.   So you produced some works specifically for the site? I’m showing some big sculptures produced for the occasion, but also some of my drawings produced between 2017 and 2018, which are small reinvented chromos.   Can you explain what is meant by “chromos”? In fact, my exhibition is titled “Folklore Sexuel Belge (2017-2018), Mer du Nord Sexuelle Belge (2018), Édité et Offert par Jan Fabre, le Bon Artiste Belge” (Belgian Sexual Folklore (2017-2018), Belgian Sexual North Sea (2018), Edited and Donated by Jan Fabre, the Good Belgian Artist). Part of my inspiration came from our national folklore, but also from those small vignettes found on chocolate bars...

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Philippe Cognée on show at Templon Gallery, Paris

Paris, 7 December 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA). While his first major retrospective is being held at the Grenoble Museum, French painter Philippe Cognée will be presenting his most recent works at the Templon Gallery from 10  January to 20 February 2013. In this new series, the artist revives the genre of portrait. Combining human figures and architecture, he portrays the familiar. Using virtual itineraries on Google Street View, Philippe Cognée transforms anonymous and pixelised frontages into poetic cityscapes. These house portraits are presented alongside a gallery of characters, anonymous or famous. A marble model of the city of Nantes, one of the rare installations, is the source of a series of paintings dedicated to its urban details. Philippe Cognée, born in 1957, lives and works in Nantes. He graduated from the Nantes Institute of Fine Arts, won the Prix de Rome in 1982 and the Villa Medici Award in 1990. In 2004, he was among the nominees for the Prix Marcel Duchamp. Since 2005, he has been teaching at the Paris National Institute of Fine Arts. His work has been displayed in many solo shows, notably at the Angers Museum of Fine Arts in 2005, the MAMCO Geneva in 2006 and thFRAC Haute-Normandie in 2007. In 2011, he inaugurated Echo, a major public commission for the Château de Versailles. His work is represented in various collections such as the Centre Pompidou, the Fondation Cartier and the Ludwig Museum in...

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Tunga at Templon Gallery for the 5th time

Paris, 30 March 2011, Art media Agency (AMA) The Templon Gallery is featuring, for the fifth time, a Brazilian contemporary art exhibition on sculptor Tunga, from 28 May to 23 July 2011. Tunga’s oeuvre is both conceptual and baroque. He was born in 1952 and works in Rio de Janeiro and Paris. His real name is Antonio José de Barros Carvalho e Mello Mourao. He has exhibited in various prestigious places such as the Museum of Modern Art in Paris in 1987, the Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume in 1997 and 2001 and at the Louvre in 2005 with “À la Lumière des Deux Mondes.”  He participated twice in the Bienniale in Venice. Tunga also makes sculptures, installations and performances. He is known in Europe, Brazil and Japan, but has not often exhibited in the USA. For this exhibition, Tunga completed a series of sculptural installations and focused on the connection between them. Each material transforms and creates a coherent unity with the others. First, the visitor is greeted with some gallows; then, he finds himself facing puppets made of glass, iron and crystals – his favourite materials, as well as iron boxes, in which resin, silicone and steel are...

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