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“How beautiful this sad world is”

« Ce qu’il est beau ce triste monde »
‘Wat een mooie, trieste wereld’
Isabelle Galichon
Traduction de Sarah Voke
p. 16-17
Cet article est une traduction de :
« Ce qu’il est beau ce triste monde » [fr]

Résumés

Exposition. Étonnante conver[t]sion qui fait coexister dans l’espace de la splendide galerie Éric Dupont des sculptures christiques avec des témoignages de Treblinka. Même si, quand vous lirez ce texte, l’exposition n’y sera plus visible, on se souviendra qu’un artiste, Pascal Convert a rendu cette rencontre possible, malgré son caractère que d’aucuns qualifieraient d’incongrue.

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Notes de la rédaction

Part of the exhibition will travel to Korea for the Busan Biennale, in the autumn.

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Panels in the shape of a diptych by Pascal Convert.

Panels in the shape of a diptych by Pascal Convert.

© Philippe Mesnard.

1Since his work on the stained-glass windows of the Saint Gildas des Bois Abbey, Pascal Convert has not ceased exploring the intransparency of glass so as to trouble our points of view on history. It is by weaving the transparency of glass with a heterogeneous material that he offers a fresh perception of historical events in Le Temps scellé, Joseph Epstein et son fils [Time sealed, Joseph Epstein and his son]. This was also the case for the Souches de Verdun vitrifiées [Vitrified Verdun Stumps].

View of the Passion exhibition at the Eric Dupont Gallery.

View of the Passion exhibition at the Eric Dupont Gallery.

© Philippe Mesnard.

2With the Passion exhibition, he pushes the experience further yet, by opening up the spectre. Three human-size recumbent statues, made of wood then carefully crystallized by Olivier Juteau, a master glass-maker, are arranged in three places within the spaces of the gallery that can be associated to the nave of a church, and four panels in the shape of a diptych occupy the walls that appear as the transept. The three “Crystallizations” give the figure of Christ a softness, a smoothness thanks to the polished touch of the glass. Only the barbed wires incrusted into the piece are a reminder of the suffering of the scene. The diptychs, placed at the back of the gallery, immediately catch the visitor’s attention who views the installation in a global perspective. As large open books, they unfold lines of Yiddish writing taken from an unpublished journal of a Treblinka survivor. Entitled The Blue Ink, it gives its colour to the panels, genuine stained-glass windows in which the light dies in the lines of the writing. The direction of the flow in the gallery echoes the biblical injunction of the Zakhor in the space of the exhibition, placed under the sign of sharing. In another room, next to the Reliques of arms and legs and of crystallized fragments of a library, appears a photo taken from the artist’s personal archives : “Summer 1939”. A couple still smiling. “How beautiful this sad world is” (a quote taken from the manuscript of Mr. Baum, a survivor of Treblinka, The Blue Ink, written between 1942 and 1944 in the region of Kielce in Poland).

Glass sculpture by Pascal Convert.

Glass sculpture by Pascal Convert.

© Philippe Mesnard.

3Learn more:
Passion, an exhibition of Pascal Convert that was held from 15 March to 14 June 2014 at the Eric Dupont Gallery, Rue du Temple 138, 75003 Paris.

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Titre Panels in the shape of a diptych by Pascal Convert.
Crédits © Philippe Mesnard.
URL http://journals.openedition.org/temoigner/docannexe/image/1229/img-1.jpg
Fichier image/jpeg, 60k
Titre View of the Passion exhibition at the Eric Dupont Gallery.
Crédits © Philippe Mesnard.
URL http://journals.openedition.org/temoigner/docannexe/image/1229/img-2.jpg
Fichier image/jpeg, 84k
Titre Glass sculpture by Pascal Convert.
Crédits © Philippe Mesnard.
URL http://journals.openedition.org/temoigner/docannexe/image/1229/img-3.jpg
Fichier image/jpeg, 42k
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Isabelle Galichon, « “How beautiful this sad world is” »Témoigner. Entre histoire et mémoire, 118 | 2014, 16-17.

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Isabelle Galichon, « “How beautiful this sad world is” »Témoigner. Entre histoire et mémoire [En ligne], 118 | 2014, mis en ligne le 01 octobre 2015, consulté le 14 avril 2021. URL : http://journals.openedition.org/temoigner/1229 ; DOI : https://doi.org/10.4000/temoigner.1229

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