Published by: Olivia de Smedt - L'art en plus | 11-Oct-2016
Renaissances, A contemporary tribute to Florence. Exhibition from October 14th to December 18th, 2016 Hôtel de la Salle, Paris. Florence, today silent and somewhat hieratic witness of its glorious artistic past, was by the mid- 16th century the central cultural battleground between Medieval theology-inspired art and philosophy and the man-centered political and artistic revolution of the Renaissance. #lartenplus @oliviadesmedt @l_art_en_plus
Venue: Hôtel de la Salle
Address: Paris
Date: October 14th to December 18th, 2016
Sandow BIRK, Guillaume BRESSON, Glenn BROWN, James Lee BYARS, Jan FABRE, Ryan GANDER, Laurent GRASSO, Candida HÖFER, Patrick NEU, Adrian PACI, Gerhard RICHTER, Thomas STRUTH, Pieter VERMEERSCH, Massimo VITALI

On behalf of the Etrillard Foundation, Anna Morettini (curator and director of the Foundation) has conceived an exhibition which intends to detect Florentine Renaissance artistic codes and baselines in contemporary art production and by so doing better to understand how breakthroughs and ruptures can transform themselves after centuries into artistic references and traditions.

In other words, the intent is to trace the path by which today's artists continue to look backwards devoid of nostalgia but with an incisive and somewhat ironic quest for Florentine and European tradition and its pendulum-like procession of hopes and despairs in humanist values.

The curator attempts to create an inspired dialogue between works by contemporary artists who invest in or echo the Florentine heritage and territory.

Those artworks by fourteen artists refer to Florentine Renaissance art, its materials, techniques and universal message: Sandow BIRK, Guillaume BRESSON, Glenn BROWN, James Lee BYARS, Jan FABRE, Ryan GANDER, Laurent GRASSO, Candida HÖFER, Patrick NEU, Adrian PACI, Gerhard RICHTER, Thomas STRUTH, Pieter VERMEERSCH and Massimo VITALI.

The exhibition includes more than thirty artworks among which marble sculptures, video, paintings, drawings and photographs.

The photographs present today's city of Florence, its figures and architecture. All contemporary photographic techniques are used to capture the real essence and nature of this eternal City- Museum.

Revisiting tradition and praxis, a focus is put on practices techniques and materials in a homage to its Renaissance Masters in such a manner that time or chronology fade away leaving us without historical certainty.

Mixing tradition and immediate creation or perception gives its impetus to this exhibition Renaissances, a contemporary tribute to Florence which will be first presented at the Hôtel de La Salle in Paris, and then adapted to travel to Florence in 2017.

The Etrillard Foundation

Created in 2015, the Etrillard Foundation is an institution listed in the Geneva Register of Commerce.

The Etrillard Foundation intends to encourage artistic initiatives which seek to promote traditional European culture through contemporary interpretations in order to confer a wider visibility to transversal representations.

Initiatives supported by the Etrillard Foundation are supervised by a Scientific Committee composed by recognized professionals of the art world: Caroline Bourgeois, Claude D'Anthenaise, Arabella Natalini, and Alfred Pacquement.

In 2016, the Etrillard Foundation sponsored the exhibitions Carambolages at the Grand Palais and Paul Klee, l'ironie à l'œuvre at the Centre Pompidou.

Renaissances, a contemporary tribute to Florence is the first exhibition organized by the Foundation.

Florentine of birth, Anna Morettini has studied Art History in Paris. She worked in several galleries, mainly in New York. She manages the Etrillard Foundation since its creation in 2015.

This year, in addition to the exhibition, she launches the Anna Morettini Prize. The theme of the first edition is Savonarola's world. The winner will receive 20,000 euros and his or her work will be promoted through an exhibition both in Paris and Florence. The call for applications ends on December 1st, 2016.

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