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November 2023 | Reading time: 18 Min | 0 Comment(s)

About the exhibitions by Marguerite Bornhauser, Michèle Perozeni and Morgan Bancon, featured in Connaissance des arts magazine.

In the 'New talent' section of this September's Connaissance des arts magazine, the colourful vitality of Marguerite Bornhauser rubs shoulders with the fragile universe of Michèle Perozeni and the melancholy of Morgan Bancon's paintings. Three names to remember, but above all three universes to discover if you want to add to your art collection.

Already in great demand on the art market, photographer Marguerite Bornhauser is represented by the Carlos Carvalho art gallery in Lisbon, and by the Bildhalle in Zurich and Amsterdam. Her work is on show at the Musée de l'Arles antique until 5 November, and as part of L'Eté photographique de Lectoure (32) until 24 September. Glass paste sculptor Michèle Perozeni, who is sensitive to environmental issues, is on show at the MusVerre in Sars-Poterie (59) from 16 September to 7 January. As for painter Morgan Bancon, his works of art for sale have just been taken down from the Musée de l'Orangerie, but others can still be seen until 22 October at the Maison Caillebotte in Yerres (91). He is represented by the Mercier art gallery in Paris.

With her energetic, cheerful voice and sparkling eyes, Marguerite Bornhauser is a visual photographer born in 1989 in Paris, where she still lives and works. After studying literature and journalism, she enrolled at the École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie d'Arles, graduating in 2015. Her first solo institutional exhibition will be held at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in 2019. "Marguerite Bornhauser exudes a mixture of strength and gentleness, a positive power. Just like her portraits, landscapes and architecture," writes Elisabeth Couturier in Connaissance des arts. "The artist loves to capture colour contrasts, to circumscribe a (small) section of yellow wall or to catch wandering shadows. But she also likes to track down unseen details, to play with the foreground, to catch the moment when the model becomes impatient. Her diptychs defy perspective. She publishes books, works for the press and for luxury brands. A worthy heir to Guy Bourdin? Her answer is Stephen Shore, Viviane Sassen, Wolfgang Tillmans and Mark Cohen. But also Henri Matisse and Sonia Delaunay. She says: "I like to transcribe the sensuality of materials and end my visual stories with staircases!

Her work has been exhibited in museums, galleries and festivals around the world: in France (Paris, Arles, Toulouse, Deauville, etc.) as well as in London, Brussels, Istanbul, Lisbon, Switzerland, Kyoto, Amsterdam, Madrid and Bahrain. She was also exhibited in the public space in 27 Paris metro stations in 2020 and on billboards in the United States with the Cincinnati Art Museum in 2015. In 2020, she won Photo London's Emerging Photographer of the Year award. In 2021, the Grand Palais gave her carte blanche to focus on the renovation work during the 4 years it would take to produce a publication and an exhibition. In 2022 she was selected as guest of honour at Paris Photo, along with bmw.

Michèle Perozeni's sculpture in pâte de verre was showcased in a splendid exhibition at the Centre Jacques-Brel in Thionville in 2016, and the strength of her commitment to the environment was clearly evident. Born in Metz in 1945, Michèle Perozeni is a former student and teacher at the École supérieure des Arts décoratifs in Strasbourg, where she was instrumental in setting up the Verre workshop. Her work has been exhibited throughout Europe, Asia and the United States. She exhibits objects fashioned from details of nature. Reindeer antlers, deer antlers, tree trunks, her works are homogeneous around a theme, a colour and a material. The apparent delicacy of these white representations made of glass or paraffin contrasts with the sharp message she is trying to get across about what "Man is doing to nature".

Initially a ceramist, it was at the Atelier du Musée in Sars-Poteries (59) that the artist discovered glass. She will return there often, including for a residency of vital importance to her career in 2011, which will culminate in an exhibition entitled 'Inlandsis'. It was following this residency that she decided to give up teaching to devote herself entirely to her art and to 'Inlandsis'. "The glacial expanses of Antarctica, her new source of inspiration, responded to the blank page of this new departure. She abandoned colour to dedicate herself to white", wrote Véronique Bouruet-Aubertot in Connaissance des arts. The museum has preserved one major work from this residency, Chimères, which is still on public display. After an initial contact with the new management in 2020, Michèle Perozeni paid a recent visit to the MusVerre, at the end of which she decided to donate her extensive personal collection to the museum. Bringing together some fifteen major pieces, the MusVerre exhibition today salutes her donation, intended as a tribute to this founding and decisive place in her career. "It's an opportunity to discover a work that is as discreet and sensitive as a haiku.

"There's no crowd in Morgan Bancon's paradise," writes Elisabeth Védrenne in her article for Connaissance des arts devoted to the painter born in Paris in 1982, who lives most of the time in Madrid, and whose first solo show took place in 2019 at the Mercier art gallery in Paris. With his classic, brilliant skill, the artist paints the solitude that inhabits dreams. Her artworks for sale seem to have stored up the art of the shadow cast. His contemporary art could almost be from another time. But "there is no God enthroned over the sky dappled with cumulus and stratus. The clouds arch their swollen torsos like compact mountains. No horizon, no perspective. The painter, who says he admires Spanish painting from the Golden Age - Velazquez, Zurbaran, Goya, but also Le Guerchin and Le Corrège - is also reminiscent of Caravaggio," notes the journalist. "His modernity lies in his compositions, which can be considered conceptual: like Giorgio Morandi before him, Morgan Bancon sets out his stratosphere in very concrete terms before painting it. It's not for nothing that he is taking part in the group exhibition at the Maison Caillebotte entitled "Figurations. Un autre art d'aujourd'hui".

Illustration: Black is Burned © Marguerite Bornhauser / graphics: MMM collectif

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