At Villa Medici comes ROMAMOR the first Italian monograph by Anne and Patrick Poirier


Rome, at the Villa Medici Academy of France comes, from March 1 to May 5, 2019, the first monographic exhibition by Anne and Patrick Poirier: ROMAMOR.

Secretary General and Acting Director of theAcademy of France in Rome - Villa Medici, Stéphane Gaillard, announced that the Academy will host, from March 1 to May 5, 2019, Anne and Patrick Poirier ’s first monographic exhibition in Italy, ROMAMOR.

Curated by Chiara Parisi, the exhibition closes the ambitious exhibition program conceived by Muriel Mayette-Holtz (director from 2015 to 2018), which has featured big names since 2017, including Annette Messager, Yoko Ono and Claire Tabouret, Elizabeth Peyton and Camille Claudel, Tatiana Trouvé and Katharina Grosse, not to mention the many international artists who have participated in the exhibition in the gardens, Ouvert la Nuit. These projects were joined by the two major exhibitions devoted to pensionnaires at the crossroads of research and production, Swimming is Saving and Take Me (I’m yours).

Anne and Patrick Poirier are among the most celebrated French couples on the international art scene: a creative symbiosis that took shape precisely at Villa Medici, fifty years ago. The passage of time, the traces and scars of its passage, the fragility of human constructions and the power of ruins, ancient as well as contemporary, are the source on which their creativity draws, taking on the appearance of an archaeology permeated with melancholy and play.

Anne was born in 1941 in Marseille; Patrick in 1942 in Nantes. Their work is characterized by the imprint of violence left by the era they lived through (they who, from their earliest childhood, were confronted with war and its devastated landscapes). In 1943, Anne witnesses the bombing of the port of Marseille, and Patrick loses his father during the destruction of the old town of Nantes.

Winners of the Grand Prix de Rome in 1967, after attending theÉcole des arts décoratifs in Paris, Anne and Patrick stayed at the Villa Medici from 1968 to 1972 - invited by Balthus. And it was at Villa Medici that they decided to unite their artistic vision, jointly signing works.

Anne and Patrick Poirier belong to that generation of artists who, traveling and opening up to the world since the 1960s, developed a fascination for ancient cities and civilizations and, in particular, the processes of their disappearance.

In line with this sensibility: mysterious cities, imaginary archaeological reconstructions, fascination with ruins, investigation of gardens, union of historical works and in situ productions, are the elements that give life to the ROMAMOR exhibition at Villa Medici.

To learn more, you can visit the official website of Villa Medici.

At Villa Medici comes ROMAMOR the first Italian monograph by Anne and Patrick Poirier
At Villa Medici comes ROMAMOR the first Italian monograph by Anne and Patrick Poirier


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