“Musée d’art et d’histoire du judaïsme”

Lionel Sabatté, long-term cycles

It’s spring all year round for Lionel Sabatté as he bounces from one exhibition to another, one project to another. Art Media Agency visited him in his studio to learn more about his news, his work, his evolutions. A portrait. Lionel Sabatté started 2017 under the sun of Los Angeles where he’s occupied a studio for the last two years. He went on to the refreshing coolness of his second studio in Le Pré-Saint-Gervais, just next to Paris – which still offers a fair share of fine spells. The youthful forty-something originating from Toulouse is currently showing his sculptures in the courtyard of the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature in Paris while hundreds of his works have been chosen for the “Golem” show at the MAHJ (Paris) and “Vies d’ordures” at the MUCEM (Marseille). On top of this, Galerie C presented a solo show of his work at Drawing Now in March, and – the icing on the cake – he won the prize awarded by the fair. Yet another honour after already winning the awards distributed by the Institut Français in Mauritius, Yishu 8 (Beijing), and the Prix Patio La Maison Rouge last year. This rhythm confirms the brisk pace at which things are moving ahead for Lionel Sabatté. Already in 2010, Éva Hober included him in the “La belle peinture est derrière nous” exhibition, shown at Sanat Limani (Istanbul) before travelling to Ankara, to the Lieu Unique (Nantes) and to Slovenia. But the critical shift to the next gear occurred in 2011 when the artist was shown by Patricia Dorfmann at the Museum d’Histoire Naturelle, as part of the FIAC’s “outside-the-walls” itinerary. Here, he presented La Meute in the Galerie de l’Évolution, a series of five wolves made from clumps of dust gathered from...

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“Magie. Anges et démons dans la tradition juive” at the Musée d’art et d’histoire du judaïsme

Until 28 June 2015, Paris’ Musée d’art et d’histoire du judaïsme is hosting an exhibition entitled “Magie. Anges et démons dans la tradition juive”. The exhibition displays more than 300 works and documents from public and private collections, and presents numerous previously unseen objects from the ancient Middle-East, the Roman Empire, Byzantium, and the Ottoman Empire, as well as Central Asia, the Middle-East, North Africa, and the Ashkenazi world, spanning all eras from the Middle Ages until the present day. Recipe books, amulets, necklaces, pendants, bracelets, clothes, incantatory bowls, and many other objects will be exhibited, attesting to a continued belief in magic. The exhibition will also feature reports by rabbis with Kabbalistic practices that prove the role of spiritual leaders in the transmission of magical knowledge. The exhibition shows how the religious authorities have led these usages due to their lack of power to forbid them, and explores practices in the Greco-Roman world alongside those in Christian and Muslim countries since the Middle Ages. The testimonies show that the Kabbala practice is still active, both in Israel as well as in the diaspora and, notably, in...

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