The “Histoire et de Céramique Biotoises” Museum and the Fernand Léger National Museum, in collaboration with the National Museum of the Twentieth Century of Alpes-Maritimes, present until February 3, 2014 the exhibition “Décor d’une vie ordinaire” by Heidi Wood.
On November 9, 2013 took place the opening of the exhibition “Décor d’une vie ordinaire” (Scenery of an ordinary life), in the presence of Australian artist Heidi Wood, Maurice Fréchuret, director of National Museum of the Twentieth Century of Alpes -Maritimes, Diana Gay, curator at Fernand Léger national Museum and Pierre Palvadeau, Chairman of the Histoire and Céramiques Biotoises Museum.
The exhibition “Scenery of an ordinary life” is designed in two parts. First, at the Museum of Biotoises History and Ceramics, the public can find the first part of the exhibition, entitled “Pavillion”, a mix between collections depicting the daily life in this beautiful Provencal village and Heidi Wood’s works with industrial design aestetics.
One finds artist Heidi Wood’s second part of the exhibition at Musee National Fernand Leger, entitled “Grand Ensemble”. Here, visitors are immediately immersed in the staging of a standard HLM apartment type. The artist enjoys the ambiguous status of her works, including fine art, applied art and popular taste. Is the artwork soluble in the decorative?
Road signs in floral pattern are hung on wall paintings in monochrome swatches evoking clichés of anonymous suburban architecture. White sculptures shaped as social buildings floor plans are diverted: they serve to display porcelain souvenir plates representing an electricity pylon.
Heidi Wood, between irony and activism, pays tribute to the suburbs and invites visitors to look differently at the constructed landscape, its visual codes, but also its contradictions.
Born in 1967, graduated from the Ecole Nationale Superieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, contemporary artist Heidi Wood presents an overview of the progressive history of twentieth-century art by putting a new look on the state of our current peri-urban environment, often scorned in favor of the city considered more as an heritage element.
In this, by all accounts Heidi Wood embodies the relevant utopia of the twentieth century avant-garde: the world will change with the first lucid look worn on him.
Experimenting with painting in all media, Heidi Wood make dialogue her pictorial landscapes with the modernist aesthetic of normand painter Fernand Léger between 1949 and 1955, who was welcomed by the city of Biot where he practiced ceramics. The theme of the city is a central issue in Fernand Léger’s work.
Indeed, in the 1920s, the artist is passionate by the innovation, architectural as well as social, developed by the “International Style”. Lucid, he still boasts the integration of architecture and painting in the reconquest by the artists of the visual impact generated by advertising.
Reinforced by a road staking of art posters, this Biot course creates a dynamic interaction between two urban realities of the territory of the French Riviera, one at the Léger Museum on the theme of dialogue between painting and cheap architecture and the other at Museum of Biotoises History and Ceramics linked with crafts and everyday objects. Can we inhabit painting? Heidi Wood, as Fernand Léger in his time, proposes us keys to a response.
Bringing together a unique collection of paintings, ceramics and drawings, the collection of the Fernand Léger National Museum allows the public to discover this great artist. These Cubist research with large colorful compositions of the fifties is a contrast of shapes and vibrant in color. Everything evokes the rhythm of the machine, the poetry of objects and the beauty of the modern city .
Located in the historical center of Biot, in a vast and sumptuous Mediterranean park, the Fernand Léger Museum offers visitors numerous exhibitions throughout the year as well as cultural activities (educational workshops, film screenings, lectures, etc.) At the entrance of the museum, visitors can get audio guides in seven languages.
“Décor d’une vie ordinaire – Pavillon -Grand Ensemble” by Heidi Wood
November 9, 2013 / February 3, 2014
Open every day except Tuesday, from 10 a.m. to 06 p.m.
Musée national Fernand Léger
Chemin du Val de Pôme – 06410 Biot
Tel. 33 (0)4 92 91 50 30
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