This week-end, I have visited a new gallery opened recently by Thaddaeus Ropac in a close suburb of Paris called Pantin. You need to cross this cercle that defines Paris and the rest of the world : the peripherique, this “highway” cercling Paris. After Salzburg in Swizterland, and Paris Le Marais in the heart of Paris, Ropac opened a huge and brand new gallery in a old industrial place, oustide Paris. Ropac did the buzz lately, just as Gagosian as they opened at the same time huge places outside where all the galleries should be (Paris !)… Gagosian chose the private airport Le Bourget, and Ropac this city totally under re-construction, as I said Pantin.
The new Ropac gallery opened with 2 exhibition, Anselm Kiefer “Das ungeborenen” and Jospeph Beuys “Iphigenie”, an exhibition about one of Joseph Beuys’ most powerful performances, Titus Andronicus/Iphigenie, performed on 30 May 1969 in the Theater am Turm in Frankfurt, for Experimenta 3. But my focus stayed on Anselm Kiefer, a great artist I’ve really discovered during the great Monumenta exhibition in 2007 in Paris.
Kiefer’s artworks are powerful, and represent, above all for the painting, a struggle between life and death. I love the emotion and life of the material, the use of different tecnics… despite the title of the exhibition. Kiefer uses real wheat, plastic babies, sulphur, chair, branches… and so many objects. I love the huge formats of the paintings, the proximity of the sculptures, the movement of the oil on the paintings. Die Ungeborenen is a breathless exhibition where life, light and color emerge from the darkness.
ps: please note that all the texts below comes from the exhibition infos written by Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery.
"It’s the other aspect of the unborn, the desire of not wanting to be born. Cry of the prophets, the revolt of Job. It would have been better if you had never been born! Everything happens as if it would have been preferable to not be born. The retrograde movement of creation. Theodicy, the accident of creation, God’s regret to have fathered this ungrateful being, this outlaw, who does not abide to the contract.” (Anselm Kiefer, 2012)