The Studio des Acacias is a fabled place where legendary photographers such as Irving Penn, Richard Avedon and Guy Bourdin worked.
Today this creative space has opened up to all forms of contemporary artistic expression (art installations, video art, photography, etc.) and welcomes the most well-known photographers and contemporary artists for unique exhibitions and productions.
A manifest provocateur, Claude Lévêque has established himself as one of the most important figures in contemporary art. A pioneer of installation art in France, Lévêque uses light, sound, objects and ordinary situations to depict dreamlike and strange worlds. Like a rite of passage, his works invite the public to plunge into a reality that combines gentle poetry with a muted violence, that is still not without humour. Claude Lévêque calls on us to release our emotions by expressing, like no other, our worst fears and sadness.
For this exhibition, organised in collaboration with Kamel Mennour (whose gallery represents Claude Lévêque), the artist has taken over 2 000 m2 of space to showcase his celebrated coloured neon sculptures, which frequently take the form of ambiguous, ironic or provocative messages ("we are happy", "shut the fuck up"...).
Claude Lévêque was born in Nevers in 1953. Before turning to contemporary art, in which he was to become one of the most well-known figures, he was passionate about punk music and experimental cinema. He represented France at the Venice Biennale in 2009 and exhibited at the Louvre in 2014. Claude Lévêque's works have been shown in some of the world's major museums, including PS1 in New York and the Musée d'art moderne in Paris.
Collaboration: Kamel Mennour
@ADAGP Claude Lévêque
Courtesy Kamel Mennour, Paris