The Fondation d'entreprise Hermès invites you to discover the solo exhibition by the artist Dominique Ghesquière at
La Grande Place, Musée du Cristal Saint-Louis, in Saint-Louis-lès-Bitche (Moselle, France).
Dominique Ghesquière’s work is born of encounters between contrasting elements, drawn from nature, domestic interiors or the street. Often taking the form of sculptures or environments, they transpose everyday reality into the exhibition space to create unexpected interactions and perceptions, and incongruous set pieces that invite viewers to revisit acquired assumptions and knowledge, and to question the essential nature of things.
For her exhibition at La Grande Place, Musée du Cristal Saint-Louis, Ghesquière takes us back to the origins of the raw materials of crystal itself, and their transformation in its production process. Leading on from the museum’s visitor itinerary, with its displays of crystal objects, the artist reveals the presence of ferns (whose ashes are a key component of potash), forests, water and fire —as if sprung from the memory of the crystal itself, as reminders of their vital presence.
At La Grande Place, Ghesquière’s raw materials do not occupy the same space as the visitor, the museum floor. Rather, like the crystal wares whose origins they symbolise, they are installed for viewing behind vitrines reminiscent of a vivarium. Eschewing her works’ habitual more tactile, haptic appeal, this unprecedented arrangement invites us to shift our gaze serially from one sculpture to the next, the better to apprehend the natural forces that underpin each stage of the ongoing crystal-making process in the workshop adjoining the museum.
'L'avant Monde' is part of a serie of three solo exhibitions devised by the Centre for Contemporary Art –
“L’héritage des secrets” (“Legacy of secrets”) is a series of three solo exhibitions that engage with the historical and architectural heritage of the Saint-Louis crystal foundry, and the workshop’s human, aesthetic and technical history over four hundred years. At the beating heart of the foundry, in the adjacent workshops, artisan skills are handed down from generation to generation in the form of gestures learned and acquired in a lengthy process of initiation. The invited artists immerse themselves in this unique world and create works that resonate with it and diffract its meaning, like light through crystal.
The temporary exhibition is included in the entry ticket price.