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.
Eighties and Echoes - Group show
The new pictorial approaches that emerged in the late 1970s and early 1980s set themselves against a domination of abstraction and a reductive avant-garde ideology: dictate of rupture, death of the painting, linear and progressive vision art. However, since the beginning of their training at the Beaux-Arts, a new generation of painters choose to re-examine the tradition of painting, the figure, the illusion of depth, feeding on a multitude of models. The exhibition "Aux sources du 1980s" questions their imaginary museum.
Looking at different relationships to the past, understood as a way of renewing painting, the works that are showcased interact sometimes with a specific model, sometimes reactivate traditional subjects around three major themes: the individual and society, love and otherness, nature and the sacred.
MUSEE DE L'ABBAYE SAINTE_CROIX, LES SABLES D'OLONNE, FRANCE
From 09/06/2019 to 22/09/2019
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.