13 new artists will be joining us for Chaumont-sur-Loire’s 9th art season, which, as every year, will be celebrating the link between art, nature and heritage.
First of all, there’s Sheila Hicks, an American who has lived in France for many years and who has adorned the Le Fenil Gallery’s walls with the sumptuous colours of a monumental installation, part of a major commission funded by the Centre-Loire Valley Region.
Another major event for 2017: an exhibition by a one-of-a-kind, unclassifiable artist, Sam Szafran, whose passion for nature and plant life is at the origin of work manifesting extraordinary poetic power. His fabulous green arborescences are there for visitors to admire in the Château’s High Galleries.
The sculptor Stéphane Guiran has beautified the Stables’ indoor riding arena with a spectacular installation composed of translucent quartz flowers, entitled “Le Nid des Murmures” ("Nest of Murmurs").
Sara Favriau has arranged her delicate huts and sculpted columns in the Bee Barn, while Marie Denis and Karine Bonneval have sown their delicate sugar flowers, herbariums and other precious works requiring great patience in the Château’s private apartments and Donkey Stables.
Ursula von Rydingsvard has set her monumental sculpture “Anastasia” in the Historical Park; Andrea Wolfersberger’s cardboard sculptures have taken possession of the Donkey Stables’ Upper Gallery; and Mâkhi Xenakis is exhibiting her delicate corollas in the Gardeners Court Galleries.
Finally, in line with the “flower power” theme selected for the 2017 International Garden Festival, two creators, both of them digital virtuosos, present us with fantastic worlds to explore: Miguel Chevalier in the Historical Grounds, with his work “In Out-Paradis Artificiels”, and Davide Quayola in the Lower Le Fenil Gallery, with his fascinating “Jardins d’Été” ("Summer Gardens"), the result of a Chaumont-sur-Loire residency. And the British artist Rebecca Louise-Law has suspended thousands of natural flowers beneath the Stables’ awning, complementing 2017’s glass, sugar and virtual flowers and lending a scent of Eden to the new art season.
Curator of the 9th art season