05.07.2021 #exhibition #visual arts

Bruno Baltzer and Leonora Bisagno, Martine Feipel and Jean Bechameil, Jeff Weber: spotlight on Luxembourg artists in southern France

©J. Weber

There will be a fair few Luxembourg artists in the south of France this summer. The number of exhibitions – both one-person and group – bears witness to the strength of the Grand Duchy’s art scene.

Bruno Baltzer and Leonora Bisagno are presenting their work Au-delà as part of the group exhibition Le Voyageur, l’Obstacle, la Grâce organised by FRAC PACA (the Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur regional art museum).

Au-delà is an installation set up in a public space in Briançon. It consists of the word “au-delà” (meaning “beyond”, “past” or “the afterlife”) carved into the ground in 11-m × 45-m letters on a slope known as the Champ de Mars. The meaning of “au-delà” is a bit of a head-scratcher, with various different layers of potential interpretation, offering both individual and group perspectives of its location at the centre of the old Vauban fortification, a Unesco World Heritage Site.

As part of the Saint-Paul de Vence International Biennial, Martine Feipel et Jean Bechameil use everyday objects that anyone might own to take us into topsy-turvy world where everything seems to be weirdly suspended out of time. Everyday domestic objects have their purpose and meaning twisted to offer quirky situations based on changes to their material form.

For Carré d’Art, Jeff Weber juxtaposes several sets of works. In 2013, as part of his collaborative project Kunsthalle Leipzig (2012-2017), he and artist Snejanka Mihaylova went on a voyage of discovery to study Coptic Christianity and, in particular, its Gnostic component.