De plain-pied

Opening on May 16

Xavier Veilhan

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A major figure on the French and international scene for over three decades, Xavier Veilhan occupies the Nantes site of the Frac throughout the summer with a tailor-made exhibition. With the collaboration of scenographer Alexis Bertrand – they envision a setup combining sobriety and agility – to welcome both artworks and visitors. Large cardboard volumes delineate a minimalist landscape serving a selection of recent or historical works, some of which are on exceptional loan.

De plain-pied invites the viewer to stroll around questions of mobility and immobility, balance and fall, bestiary, and scale games – foundational themes of the artist’s work.

Xavier Veilhan’s work (born in 1963, lives and works in Paris) has been exhibited internationally in renowned institutions, and he frequently engages in public spaces. At the 57th Venice Biennale in 2017, he transformed the French pavilion into “Studio Venezia,” a recording studio, acclaimed by critics.

Exhibition from May 17 to September 1.

On Thursday, May 16 at 6:30 pm, the opening of Xavier Veilhan’s exhibition “On Even Ground” at the Frac des Pays de la Loire (Hangar à Bananes – Parc des Chantiers).

Opening of Caroline Mesquita’s exhibition CuCO & CO on the same evening at 6 pm at HAB Galerie (Parc des Chantiers – Île des Nantes). Speeches interpreted in French Sign Language (LSF).

An exhibition conceived with Alexis Bertrand. Curated by: Claire Staebler