Philippe Cognée was born in 1957 in Nantes, France, where he lives and works. His paintings use wax that is heated and crushed, producing a blurred effect and raising questions such as the thinning away of the image and the human condition in the light of humans’ relationship to their urban environment. The artist draws inspiration from photos and videos of elements such as motorways, buildings and aerial shots. His work questions the role of art in a society where new digital technologies have ushered in the era of the image, both omnipresent and diminished.
In 2017, the Espace Paul Rebeyrolle welcomes Philippe Cognée. Under the direction of curator Philippe Piguet, the exhibition will display a group of forty artworks, paintings and sculptures from the 2000s. The French painter, with his original technique, emphasizes the ambiguity of the visible in luminous, disturbing and blurry representations, where the subject is absorbed into matter to attein a dissolution of the real.
Accompanying this exhibition, a catalogue will be edited by the Espace Paul Rebeyrolle.
On the 9th of March 2017, the Cultural Institute Bernard Magrez, leading centre for arts and culture in Bordeaux, pays tribute to Daniel Templon through an important exhibition organised at the Château Labottière.
With over 600 exhibitions and 250 artists, the world-renowned French galerist, always knew to pay particular attention to the artistic avant-garde.
The exhibition, portrays Daniel Templon, pioneer and major figure of the art world, featuring five major artists of his gallery, offering different artistic styles: Philippe Cognée, Jan Fabre, Pierre et Gilles, Yue Minjun and Chiharu Shiota.