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François Schneider Foundation - Céleste Boursier-Mougenot "Liquide Liquide"
A major figure of the French and international art scene, Céleste Boursier- Mougenot was given free rein by the François Schneider Foundation. In response, the representative for France at the 56th Venice Biennale in 2015 took a poetic knife to the entire Art Centre, recreating in situ a set of visual and sound installations whose aim is to disorient the visitor.
Installation view "Liquide Liquide" at the François Scheider Foundation. Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, ∞, 2019. Courtesy the artist and the François Scheider Foundation. © Laurent Lecat
The usual downwards trajectory is inverted to create a route that goes from the building’s deepest point up to its peak. The materials flow, escape, spread out. Glass, water and minerals spread from the edges of the foundation to its viscera. At once both minimal and sophisticated, Céleste Boursier-Mougenot's work is a clever fusion of science and fiction. A visionary for improbable encounters between the living things and manufactured objects that populate our world, to which the artist grants a soul, Céleste Boursier-Mougenot shapes his hybrid works with the control of a craftsman and the "irrationality" of an engineer. His subtle staging and use of space draws on his experiences in the theatre. In the belief that too much visual noise erodes the listening experience, he recreates a sensory, sprightly procession at the heart of the Art Centre, whereby the visitor plays the roles of tightrope walker, swimmer, cosmonaut…
His choice of title, Liquide Liquide, echoing the famous ‘80s New York postpunk band, sets the tone for the Foundation's summer exhibition: vibrant, alternative and free.