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Unveiling - Pavilion for Peace - MMFA

November 2016, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

Le Trésor de la cathédrale d'Angoulême

September 2016

Unveiling - Pavilion for Peace - MMFA

November 2016, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

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Unveiling - Pavilion for Peace - MMFA

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts
11/7/16

On Monday, November 7, 2016, will be unveiled The Michal and Renata Hornstein Pavilion for Peace in the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, on the occasion of Montreal’s 375th anniversary.

Jean-Michel Othoniel’s Peony, The Knot of Shame, his monumental sculpture inspired by the shape of the peony flower, recently acquired by the Museum, will be now permanently on display in its new glass and steel frame.

Public opening on November 19, 2016.

Le Trésor de la cathédrale d'Angoulême

September 2016

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Le Trésor de la cathédrale d'Angoulême

9/30/16
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Le Trésor de la cathédrale d’Angoulême staged by Jean-Michel Othoniel has been revealed on September 30, 2016

In 2008, the Regional Cultural Affairs Directorate in Aquitaine - Limousin - Poitou-Charentes (DRAC) undertook the restoration of the Cathedral Saint-Pierre of Angoulême. They initiated an ambitious project to restore the edifice to its Romanesque state, in keeping with its nineteenth-century renovation by French architect Paul Abadie, known for designing the Sacré Cœur basilica in Paris. Inside, the DRAC and the clerical authorities also wanted to select objects from its collection of liturgical art, from a little-known period reflecting the nineteenth-century’s religious fervor, and present them to the public in areas never before opened to the public. For this public art commission, which also received support from ENGIE, they chose Jean-Michel Othoniel, whose work links history and contemporary art and has an auratic quality. Othoniel has been working on the project for more than eight years.

Over the past few years, Othoniel has been working in three of the cathedral’s non-holy areas into a treasury for liturgical art, collaborating with celebrated artisans to transform them into a highly personal world. Inspired by the interlacing geometric patterns and colors in Romanesque art, he decorated the floor and walls with intricate patterns, created monumental stained-glass windows in various shades of blue, the color of the Virgin’s mantle, and designed elaborate beaded furniture to hold the treasury’s art objects and statuary. While utterly contemporary, Othoniel’s multidimensional artwork, which received financial support from the center for French historical monuments, also adheres strictly to the standards for preserving architectural landmarks. Decorative and dramatic, this spectacular three-tiered work embraces both the intimate and the sublime, and restores ideas of man, the universal and the sacred to the heart of the cathedral’s Trésor.

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