04 / 04 / 2007

A Springtime in Southern France

Twelve works of art from Société Générale’s collection will spend April and March at the Carré d’Art of Nîmes, where they will be completely part of the museum’s new exhibition. The first room gathers pieces in which the artist’s will tends to fade in favor of rules which provide them with a certain degree of autonomy – and life. Around Seita, Raymond Hains’ giant matchbook, the visitor will be able to see various works of art from the Nouveaux Réalistes (“New Realists”), such as Niki de Saint-Phalle’s Tir à la carabine (“Rifle Shooting”). The next room is all about the illusion in which the artist plunges into, taking the viewer with him. The visitor will thus admire the play with light created by Laurent Pariente with his zinc plate.

Whether the purpose is to engrave the artistic approach in everyday life, to play with the viewer’s senses or to go past the opposition between abstraction and figuration, the photographs and paintings of Société Générale’s collection will be in a deep dialog with the works of art belonging to Nîmes’ contemporary art museum.