Born in 1953 in Saïda, Algeria, Jean-Michel Alberola lives and works in Paris. During his thirty-year career he has produced a protean body of work that straddles figurative, abstract and conceptual art. Gouaches, sculptures, artists’ books and films represent the different facets of his exploration of the fragility of beauty, ambiguity of perception, the role of the artist and the purpose of art. With the mixture of humour and lyricism characteristic of an engaged artist, he combines artistic reflections with political and social questions.
On the occasion of our current Jean-Michel Alberola’s exhibition The King of Nothing, The Queen of England, and the Others, we are pleased to invite you to a meeting with the artist and the signing of the catalog of his exhibition Le Fleuve currently on view at the Institut Mémoires de l’édition contemporaine (Imec) at the Abbaye d’Ardenne in Saint-Germain-la-Blanche-Herbe (Caen) until September 26, 2021.
About the catalog:
WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23, 2021 FROM 5PM TO 8PM
TEMPLON I 30 RUE BEAUBOURG, 75003 PARIS
“Le Fleuve” - solo exhibition
The IMEC gave carte blanche to the artist Jean-Michel Alberola for the next exhibition at the Ardenne abbey.
Over the weeks, the artist, whose work is nourished with literature, discovered the undergrounds where the archives are kept. He explored the library, and the reserves and little by little his research took shape around the work of Kafka with the animal of his short story “Le Terrier”.
“When Kafka writes “Le Terrier”, he is the animal just for the time of the writing. Not more, not less. It is the story of an underground place, where, isolated, he can finally write : and isolated he could finaly get out.”
The still unknown drawing of this carte blanche will appear in June at the Ardenne abbey.
From June 4 to September 26, 2021
Ardenne abbey, 14280 Saint-Germain-la-Blanche-Herbe, France
EX AFRICA. PRÉSENCES AFRICAINES DANS L’ART D’AUJOURD’HUI – Group show
In an unprecedented visual dialogue, the Ex Africa exhibition brings together more than 150 works by contemporary artists of all generations and origins to decipher the relationships that unite the current scene and ancient African arts since the end of the 20th century.
From February 9 to June 27, 2021
Galerie Jardin, musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac, 37 quai Branly, 75007 Paris
THE LIGHT HOUSE – Group Show
The exhibition The Light House invites the public to experience a succession of personal and collective experiences with light, mostly immersive, through the works of major contemporary artists, spanning nearly 60 years of artistic production. The exhibition revolves around five themes: celestial light, murky light, the experience of colour, the praise of shadow, neon lights and light bulbs.
From October 22, 2020 to April 18, 2021
Fondation Boghossian - Villa Empain, Avenue Franklin Rooseveltlaan 67, B - 1050 Brussels
Tralala l’art – group show
The project Tralala l’art revolves around the question of game in contemporary creation. Some games are indeed visual masterpieces which can be compared to artists’ works. Henceforth, it is important to question the status of these creations, and to question their representation in space. The exhibition organized by the Centre de la gravure et de l’imprimerie, is composed in multiple pieces , among which three pieces of Jean-Michel Alberola, interrogating in a colorful manner, this recent field of creativity.
From June 2 to November 29, 2020
Centre de la gravure et de l'image, Rue des Amours 10, 7100 La Louvière, Belgique
ALBEROlaBELLEROJOUX - Group show
While so many points bring them together, and they are important references for the current generation of artists and commentators, Jean-Michel Alberola and Arnaud Labelle-Rojoux have, inexplicably, never been exhibited together.
In the imposing setting of the Convent of the Minimes, seven secular« chapels » will host, like so many chapters of a book, the recent productions of the two artists, in a telescoping worthy of a synchrocyclotron of thought and art. This visual and mental bombardment should allow the viewer to "see", that is to say to access, even incompletely, even imperfectly, the energetic poetic and political charge lurking in the heart of these works .
LE COUVENT DES MINIMES, PERPIGNAN, FRANCE
From 20/06/2019 to 21/07/2019
Souvenirs de voyage. La collection de Galbert - Group show
The collection of Antoine de Galbert, "soft and luxurious therapy", as he says himself, highlights his taste for decompartmentalization while reflecting his deepest obsessions. In contrast with a sometimes austere and sanitized vision of contemporary art, this collection does not hesitate to bring together conceptual art and popular cultures, outsider art and emerging artists. Abolishing boundaries and privileging the mixing of genres, Antoine de Galbert likes to find his way off the beaten track considering that the time in which we live more than ever needs magic, mystery, simplicity and universality.
MUSEE DE GRENOBLE, GRENOBLE, FRANCE
From 27/04/2019 to 28/07/2019