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18 OCT 2019 - 23 FEB 2020



From chance to sublime

It is the ink stain of Victor Hugo, the hesitation of an impression of a monotype of Degas, Mallarmé's dice, which will never abolish chance. The drunkenness of a work of art. In contrast to art education, the intervention of chance in the creative process of the work allows the artist to free himself from the rules of representation. The accidental, the random, the virtuous find, the involuntary sculptures, the coulures, the compressions, make emerge a repertory of free forms leading to the sublime in the uncertainty of the gesture.

Replacing the incarnation of god, the hazardous tremor becomes one of the symptomatic components of modernity. This magic of chance becomes the subject of an ideal work, brilliant, painted without any intervention of thought. Chance reveals the demiurgical role of the alchemist artist, guided by the serendipity of the chemical reactions of matter.

In contrast to the "anartists", some invent protocols, confiding their senses to the anonymous powers of the mathematical method. They use the concept of randomness as a scientific framework through which they escape the painter's gesture, creating a geometry that is always uncertain or even wobbly. From the spot to the pure line, from automatism to mathematics, the exhibition unfolds a chronological typology of chance as a creative process through the most important currents and artists from the second half of the 19th century to the present day.

A route on two sites



Organized in a chronological way, the route of the Center de la Vieille Charité focuses on bringing to light various techniques thus experimented by artists from 1850 to 1980.


It continues in the Friche la Belle de Mai through contemporary works from 1970 to the present day from the [mac] Museum of Contemporary Art, FRAC-PACA, the Common Fund for Contemporary Art of Marseille, the CIRVA Center International Glass and plastic arts, private collections, galleries, as well as productions of unpublished works by artists working in Marseille or in residence at the Friche la Belle de Mai.

Tariffs : 5€ / 9€



9.30am - 6pm Tuesday to Sunday


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