From 09 October to 23 November 2013
Opening 09 October 2013
Suggestions abound today to decide who will be worthy of joining Condorcet, Gambetta, Voltaire, Marie Curie and Victor Hugo in the National Pantheon to glorify the values of the French nation and live up to the motto: "To these great men, the grateful homeland". This exhibition recalls some names whom Marcel Brient, lover of art and poetry, as well as those who find sense in the notions of genius, combat and singularity, would undoubtedly be destined to it.
They come in couples: the French poets Arthur Rimbaud (1854-1891) and Paul Verlaine (1844-1896), and the American conceptual artists Felix Gonzalez- Torres (1957-1996) and Ross Laycock (deceased in 1991). Separated by a century of literary history and artistic creation, they can nevertheless be brought together under an epitaph borrowed from Stéphane Mallarmé: “ce passant considerable”. This provisional “grave”, which should be seen as the elegiac literary genre devoted to the dead at the end of the XIX century and known as "tombeau", is not in any way mournful and sorrowful, quite the opposite...