Abstract Experiences : beyond the real


Abstract Experiences : beyond the real

Friday, 23 May 2014

Through its new exhibition ‘Abstract Experiences: Beyond the Real’, Opera Gallery invites you to discover a crucial and radical turning point in art that began in the early 20th Century and has yet to cease inspiring artists.

This exhibition strives to highlight the various, creative ways artists experience abstraction. Each artistic approach is unique; the themes brought to light, diverse.

The selection and arrangement of pieces on display provide us with four distinct collections emphasizing themes dear to the artists, while redefining the very purpose of a work of art. The exhibition starts with redefining works of art as an expression of the supremacy of shape. Next, follow the work of art as a space where colour triumphs over all and artworks as the zones of expression of a sensitive and poetic world. Finally, the work of art announces the end of a medium via the use of materials that are explored by establishing specific production protocols.

One of the specificities of this exhibition lies in the desire to exhibit works of abstract artists alongside abstract works of figurative artists. Conventional boundaries between figurative and abstract creation are, indeed, permeable. Consider, for instance, artists Yayoi Kusama, Reza Derakshani…or even Pavlos. This exhibition highlights works powered by the energy of their forms, lines and colours that coexist with pieces whose temperance arouses quite a different admiration. While certain productions are the works of emblematic representatives from the abstract art scene (Miró, Calder, Soulages, Vasarely…), the collection also features works by international artists actively supported by Opera Gallery (Guelfenbein, Reyle, You Jin).

If abstraction enables us to escape from the real world, the sensory experience it triggers has the quite ironic power of revealing certain facets of reality. To contemplate an abstract work of art is to unconsciously create a parallel with a real-life phenomenon that then gains in strength and intrigue. Isn’t it more interesting to observe wave-like movements after having gazed on a piece by Vasarely? Can one really reflect on the concept of movement without referring to Alexander Calder’s mobile? Are we not all more sensitive to colour’s suggestive power after having admired Yves Klein’s famous blue? If abstract art lifts us out of the real world, it just as nimbly helps us appreciate it better.

Above and beyond a merely physical experience, 'Abstract Experiences: Beyond the Real strives to provide a unique perspective of the fundamental elements composing a work of art. We hope you will enjoy the discovery of a new, artistic experience.


Abstract Experiences: Beyond the Real at Opera Gallery Paris from May 23 to June 14, 2014