Bohemi z Montparnassa Bohemians from Montparnasse

Jean Cocteau & Veno Pilon Jean Cocteau & Veno Pilon

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Veno Pilon, POrtrait of Ossip Zadkine, 1936

Veno Pilon, Portrait of Ossip Zadkine, 1936 – z dovoljenjem / courtesy of Pilonova Galerija, Ajdovščina

Jean Cocteau & Veno Pilon

Otvoritev: 1. 6. ob 20.00

Photon – Center za sodobno fotografijo, Ljubljana

 

Razstava Bohemi iz Montparnassa združuje dela dveh pomembnih ustvarjalcev iz začetka 20. stoletja, svetovno znanega filmarja, pesnika in umetnika Jeana Cocteauja in v mednarodnih krogih priznanega, v Parizu živečega slovenskega umetnika Vena Pilona. Njuni fotografski portreti nudijo vpogled v pariško sceno v obdobju, ko je Pariz nesporno veljal za središče sveta umetnosti.

Razvpiti francoski ustvarjalec Jean Cocteau je leta 1916 posnel serijo fotografij, v katerih nastopajo pomembne figure pariške umetniške scene iz četrti Montparnasse. Serija je nastala v enem samem popoldnevu in prikazuje dragoceno dokumentarno gradivo o tedanji umetniški sceni, saj na fotografijah med drugim nastopajo Pablo Picasso, Amadeo Modligiani, Max Jacob, Eric Satie in Moise Kisling. Fotografije, ki so bile spontano posnete med pohajkovanjem po Parizu, mestu, ki je bilo komaj 100 kilometrov oddaljeno od front prve svetovne vojne, so postale izjemen zgodovinski dokument svobodomiselnega in progresivnega mesta. Cocteaujeve fotografije pa nimajo zgolj dokumentarne vrednosti, ki priča o zakulisju tedanjega dogajanja, ampak so pomemben prispevek k estetiki reproduktibilnih medijev. Fotografije je odkril Billy Klüver, ustanovitelj E. A. T. Archive iz New Jerseya. Predstavitev omenjene serije iz zbirke Klüver/Martin Collection iz New Yorka bo šele četrta predstavitev v Evropi in sovpada s stoto obletnico njenega nastanka.

Cocteaujeve fotografije so na razstavi Boemi iz Montparnassa soočene z deli njegovega sodobnika, slovenskega umetnika in fotografa Vena Pilona, ki se je po služenju na bojiščih prve svetovne vojne ob koncu 20. let ustalil v Parizu. Pilon je bil eden izmed ambicioznih prišlekov, ki je hitro postal integralni del tamkajšnje umetniške scene. V osnovi je bil slikar, a je simultano deloval tudi na področju fotografije. V 30. letih 20. stoletja je ustvaril serijo portretov umetnikov, kot so Giorgio De Chirico, Alexander Rodchenko, Ossip Zadkine in Massimo Campigli. Tudi sicer je bil znan po fotografiranju umetnikov v njihovih ateljejih na območju Montparnassa. Pilonove slike, grafike, risbe in fotografije so bile predstavljene v številnih prestižnih galerijah doma in po svetu. Na pričujoči razstavi bodo prikazane fotografije iz zbirke Galerije Vena Pilona v Ajdovščini, ki je tudi partner in koproducent projekta.

(Dejan Sluga)

razstava je odprta do 15. 7. 2016.

Odpiralni čas:
Ponedeljek-petek: 12.00-18.00

Naslov: Trg prekomorskih brigad 1, Ljubljana

 

Jean Cocteau & Veno Pilon

Opening: 1 June at 8pm

Photon – Centre for Contemporary Photography, Ljubljana

 

The Bohemians from Montparnasse exhibition showcases photographic works of two significant artists from the early 20th century; the French writer, filmmaker and artist Jean Cocteau and Slovenian newcomer to Paris, painter and photographer Veno Pilon. Their photographic portraits offer an insight into the Paris scene at a period of time when Paris was still considered the indisputable centre of the art world.

In his series of photographs from 1916 Jean Cocteau, recorded one of the afternoons spent in the company of very distinctive bohemian figures of Paris’ Montparnasse district including Pablo Picasso, Amedeo Modigliani, Max Jacob, Eric Satie, Moise Kisling and others. These photographs, shot intuitively during a single August day barely 100 kilometers behind the front lines of the World War I, became a valuable historical document of the city where many progressively minded figures lived and worked. Cocteau’s photo series aims to recount a story beyond the goal of documentation, it could thus be viewed also as an important contribution to aesthetics of reproducible media. Prior to the exhibition at Photon, the series had only been shown in Europe on three other occasions. The other significant fact of the exhibition at Photon is that it also addresses the 100th anniversary of this event. The series of photographs was discovered by Billy Klüver, the founder of E.A.T. Archive, New Jersey, while the lender of presented materials is Klüver / Martin Collection.

Cocteau’s photographs are confronted by the works of his contemporary, Slovenian artist and photographer Veno Pilon who, after serving in Austrian-Hungary army during World War I, settled in Paris in the late 1920s. Pilon was one of the ambitious newcomers to Paris and he quickly became an integral part of the art scene. Initially a painter, he soon switched to photography and practiced both, simultaneously. In 1930’s he created a series of portraits of artists such as Giorgio De Chirico, Alexander Rodchenko, Ossip Zadkine and Massimo Campigli. He was particularly known for photographing artists in Montparnasse, usually in their studio environment. Bohemians from Montparnasse brings a selection of photographic works from the Veno Pilon Gallery from Ajdovščina, also a partner of the project.

(Dejan Sluga)

The exhibition is open until 15 July 2016.

Gallery hours:
Monday-Friday: 12.00-18.00

Address: Trg prekomorskih brigad 1, Ljubljana