Château Sainte Roseline, in association with the InsidOut Gallery, is presenting the monumental and undulating works of sculptor Etienne Viard, evoking Nature.
Château Sainte Roseline in Arcs-sur-Argens (Var), thirty minutes from Saint Tropez, Cannes and the Gorges du Verdon, has made of Art one of the pillars of its image. For its summer exhibition, Aurélie Bertin, owner of the domain, hosts the monumental, powerful and undulating works of the sculptor Étienne Viard.
Walking between vines and sculptures
Art lovers can discover the long curves of rusty steel by the sculptor Etienne Viard, at the time of their walk in the vineyards, in the gardens of the Château Sainte Roseline, the cellar of the estate or in the cloister, the time of a summer exhibition. Each visitor can, according to their imagination, interpret the illusory and sculptural forms of the works in a different way. These monumental sculptures dotting different places of the domain are the most representative of the work of the artist and come to replace that of Benoît Lemercier.
Between shadow and light
The sculptor Etienne Viard lives and works in the Vaucluse. A self-taught artist, he began his career working on ceramics. He discovers the Corten steel, and fell in love with this steel with forced surface corrosion, used for its appearance and resistance to atmospheric conditions. From then on, the artist devoted himself entirely to this monumental art inspired by nature. During his walks, he captures tiny sensations in the vegetable or mineral world, which he then seeks to retranscribe in his artistic creations: aquatic undulations, movements of rain, geological strata. Defined as a steel sculptor, Etienne Viard tames with energy and rigor this powerful and rigid material that presents itself in bar or in thick sheets. Each work, whether monumental or modest, is the subject of a reflection on drawing, cutting or model. Then the artist carves, shapes and bends each piece, giving it flexibility and poetry.
The exhibited works
The strong and supple lines of its sculptures, drawn up horizontally or in sinuous curves, their openings towards the light, give the impression of escaping and rising towards an infinite space. Etienne Viard’s work is expressed in a minimal affirmation, that, without being ascetic, always allows him to accede to an ingenious simplicity.
The exhibition at Château Sainte Roseline is made up of six abstract works in steel in the image of plants inhabiting the nature of the park, against the vineyards of the estate. The monumental pieces of steel are named: 6 Lames horizontales, Carte en Noir, 4 Lames verticales, Ayin, 6 lames verticales, Carte, Croisée, Végétal, Oblique, Tempora and Ombre.
An internationally renowned artist
Etienne Viard has been represented for over ten years by the Galerie Berthet-Aittouares in Paris and since 2012 and by Galerie Pascal Lainé in Ménerbes. His works are world-wide acclaimed: in 2000, the artist exhibited at Galerie Modus in Berlin, in 2003 at the Cité Radieuse, Le Corbusier in Marseille and Espace Gaillane in Avignon.
In 2004 and 2005, he exhibited at the Avant Garden Gallery in New York and in 2007 at the Galerie Berthet Aittouarès in Paris. In 2009, the artist moved to Place Saint-Sulpice in Paris. In 2010, he presented his exhibition Le Thor, Monumental Sculptures, at the Fondation Pierre Salinger. In 2011 his monumental sculptures dialogue with the paintings of Jean Degottex, at Art Paris and the Galerie Berthet-Aittouares. In 2015, he is at BRAFA, with the Berthet-Aittouarès gallery in Brussels.
His works are also part of public and private collections such as those of the Conseil Général de Dordogne, Manoir de Soisay, Société d’aménagement urbain SADEV 94, Association Honoré 91, Paris, Letcher & Schoenfeld, New York, E. & J.J Queyranne, Thomas Pheasant, Washington, Université Jean Moulin, Lyon 3, Collection temporaire, Orangerie du Sénat, Paris.
A journey between History and Contemporary Art
The Château Sainte Roseline is one of the richest historical sites in Provence. Its chapel houses the mummified body of Sainte Roseline, the daughter of the lord of the Arcs, the Marquis of Villeneuve. Roseline helped the poor, an aid that brought her the Miracle of the Roses. She died in 1329. Following her sanctification, the abbey took the name of Saint Roseline, whose 19th century reliquary stands in the chapel between a baroque altarpiece by the Bréa brothers, stained glass by Jean Bazaine and Raoul Ubac, a mosaic signed Marc Chagall and a bas-relief by Diego Giacometti. The Château Sainte Roseline has built its notoriety in the culture thanks to its acquisitions and sculptural exhibitions. Indeed, the domain has for years maintained a special and strong bond with contemporary art. More than a passion, it is a real art of living for its owner Aurélie Bertin.
Château Sainte Roseline, a pioneer in wine tourism
One of the pioneers of wine tourism with its visits around its prestigious AOP Côtes de Provence wines, walks in the vineyards, in the gardens or in the cellar, the domaine has been hosting for some 15 years many cultural events of international quality such as the Salon des Plantes et des Roses, the Journée des Vendanges and the Gloriana Classical Music Festival (Tuesday August 8, 2017 – 6.30 pm). These events offer an exceptional moment of sharing in an exceptional place, while taking advantage of the richness of the Provençal heritage that makes its DNA.
Exhibition Etienne Viard
From June 30 to September 30, 2017
Château Sainte Roseline
1854 Route de Sainte-Roseline
83460 Les Arcs
Tel: +33 (0)4 94 99 50 30
Étienne Viard at Château Sainte Roseline in pictures
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