For the first edition of Paris + by Art Basel, which runs from October 19th to 23rd at the Grand Palais Éphémère, Galerie Poggi has conceived an exhibition around a rare painting by Edvard Munch : Two Boys on the Beach (1911), in dialogue with Anna-Eva Bergman, Sidival Fila, Kapwani Kiwanga, Troy Makaza, Djamel Tatah, Georges Tony Stoll, Kees Visser and the duo Ittah Yoda.
Shoreline is a recurring theme in Munch’s work. It synthesizes a cosmogonic vision of the world, where the infinitely large and the infinitely small come together in a symbiotic relationship. It is not so much the landscape that interests him, as this in-between where the solid and the liquid, the mineral and the aquatic meet. A zone of erosion where stone becomes sand, of corrosion where water gnaws metal. Dissolution and evaporation, concretion and crystallization, flow of matter and energy.
This aspect guided our selection of works in dialogue with Edvard Munch for Paris +. First of all, a rare painting of a Fjord by her compatriot Anna-Eva Bergman where the sea and its waves seem more solid than liquid, as if their silvery surface had become mercury by a strange alchemy.
Kapwani Kiwanga‘s recent sculptures made for the 59th Venice Biennale play with the different states of sand, from the finest silicate to the most transparent glass.
Those of the duo Ittah Yoda are born from a residency at the Institut de la mer de Villefranche-sur-mer, playing with the form of glass, brass and phytoplankton to embody what could be the future era of the Symbiocene.
Finally, the crystallization phenomenon dear to Munch can be found in the grain of Georges Tony Stoll‘s photographic diptych as well as in Kees Visser‘s famous monochrome paintings on paper.