Philippe Cognée

March 1 > April 5, 2008
Paris - Impasse Beaubourg

Selected works
Press release


March 1 – April 9, 2007
Opening : Saturday, March 1, noon - 8 p.m

French painter Philippe Cognée invests the new space of Galerie Daniel Templon, Impasse Beaubourg, with a spectacular installation - Carcasses - a panoptic view of an industrial slaughterhouse. Realized in 2003, this ensemble of 36 small canvases was shown in several museums including MAMCO, Geneva in 2006. It is presented for the first time in Paris.

After painting supermarkets and recycling plants, Philippe Cognée now turned to industrial slaughterhouses. He paints animal carcasses as if they were architectures or buildings. Inspired by video, he presents them in a long travelling-shot where close-ups alternate with large overviews.

Philippe Cognée wanted to explore the theme of the « flayed ox », immortalized by Rembrandt, Soutine or Bacon. In his case, the huge pieces of flesh are bathed in a bright intense light. The artist’s complex technique of wax paint melted with hot iron creates a « blur » effect, which seems to question the notion of memory and gaze.

Philippe Cognée was born in 1957 in Sautron (Loire-Atlantique). He graduated from the Ecole des Beaux-Arts of Nantes and received the Prix de Rome in 1982. He was nominated for the Marcel Duchamp Prize in 2004. He is a professor at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Paris since 2005. Many exhibitions throughout the world have presented his work. He exhibited at FRAC, Haute-Normandie (2007), Fondation pour l’art contemporain Claudine et Jean-Marc Salomon, Alex (2006) ; Musée des Beaux-Arts, Angers (2005).

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