For its tenth anniversary, la maison rouge presents, from June 14th to September 21st 2014, Le mur (The Wall) – works from the collection of Antoine de Galbert, the eleventh in a series of exhibitions showing private collections.
After ten exhibitions showing diverse collectors’ worlds, this anniversary brings a much-awaited opportunity for a broader presentation of the collection assembled by la maison rouge’s founder and chairman, Antoine de Galbert; an important part of his personal life and one rarely seen outside the private sphere until now. Unlike the previous showings of private collections, for which curators made representative choices from a large body of works, Antoine de Galbert has imagined a very particular approach to this hanging: “The idea for this exhibition came to me during my daily browsing of the books in my library.
Volumes are classed alphabetically, which produces some unexpected propinquities. Jean Dubuffet and Marcel Duchamp are neighbours. When I look at this Noah’s Ark, I feel all the artists are navigating the same river, for the same reasons, as Christian Boltanski observed: “Whether Aloïse, myself, or a sixteenth-century painter, the same questions are raised: death, the quest for beauty, nature, sex... There are a limited number of subjects in art. Only the words and the vocabularies change (...)”. The library is an archive of the collection, visual souvenirs of a long journey, and the collector’s imaginary museum. [...] Leaving aside an idea certain curators have already explored, namely to hang the works alphabetically, I decided on a hanging that would present the majority of the works in my collection in an order that would be defined by a computer programme with, as sole data, their size when framed and inventory number.
The programme was developed by an IT specialist using the Monte-Carlo method, a process that will be familiar to mathematicians. It calculates a numerical value using random processes, i.e. probabilistic techniques. Its name alludes to the random nature of casino games.
Please find the interview of the artists during this exhibition : http://www.lamaisonrouge.org/artistes/