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As part of the Parcours Privé at the FIAC, the 14th contemporary art exhibition of the Maison Guerlain brings together 21 artists who place the materiality of the work – whether mineral, vegetable, organic or even digital, palpable or impalpable – at the heart of their creative process. From Vik Muniz’s Pictures of Caviar and other trompe-l’oeil foodstuffs to Tomas Libertiny’s sculptures of beehives and Lionel Sabatté’s dust, the transformations or non-transformations involved are manifold.

We can mention Dana-Fiona Armour’s strange hybridizations of organic and synthetic materials that blur the boundaries between the natural and the artificial, Wim Delvoye’s tattooed pigs, ornate suitcases, and other diversions of familiar objects dedicated to the “sublimation of the trivial,” Philippe Cognée’s encaustic paintings, and Philippe Favier’s rose petals enhanced with gold leaf.

« Quand la matière devient art » – Maison Guerlain
68, avenue des Champs-Élysées, 75008 Paris
Until November 14

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By Stéphanie Dulout