Gallery: Pékin Fine Arts
Artist(s): Phénix Varbanov
Opening / Event Date: 28 Jul, 2023
Closing / End Date: 30 Sep, 2023
VILLEPIN is pleased to announce L’éternité, a group exhibition featuring our artists Zao Wou-Ki, Myonghi Kang, and Marie de Villepin, alongside works by Georges Mathieu, Miquel Barceló, and Ida Yukimasa among others.
Referencing Arthur Rimbaud’s poem “L’éternité”, the exhibition examines the temporal and ephemeral qualities of art throughout history. The speaker in the poem explores the concept of eternity through fleeting instants, specifically a delicate moment in passing when the sea unites with the sun, and eventually finds hope in his rediscovery. He learns that eternity can be found in daily observations and in memories.
Throughout history, eternity has also been widely discussed in tandem with art, where each work of art exists as a record of the maker’s expression and spirit at a single precise moment. Art historian Ernst Gombrich discusses the notion of art for eternity in the earliest creations of monuments and portraiture in Egyptian art, in which the artist tries to preserve a fleeting expression through the observation of nature.
L’éternité rediscovers the concept of eternity through each artist’s visual dynamism across multiple generations. After the pandemic, we have become more aware of the fragility of time and life. Each artist featured in the exhibition transcends the passage of time as they use different techniques to convey a sense of motion, change, and transience. Whether it is within the structured stanza of a poem, or a frame of a canvas, each selection of a word and a brushstroke becomes a physical embodiment of a continuing process. Deciphering sensations around nature and eternity, the exhibition examines our changing attitudes toward the perception of time.
Transformed into a collector’s home, each floor of the gallery will employ a different setting of an open house with artworks, furniture, and objects. The exhibition tells the story of our gallery since its inception in 2020, which focuses on thematic exhibitions, collection building, and art advising. Celebrating our third anniversary, we will officially launch our Collector’s Lounge, which will adopt a permanent space in the gallery. The Collector’s Lounge will regularly showcase a selection of works by notable and sought-after artists, and serve as a physical platform for current and future clients to exhibit their collections.
Sunday – Wednesday | 11am – 6pm (By appointment only; book a guided tour via [email protected])
Thursday – Saturday | 11am – 7pm (Open to Public)