Réve FantaisiE

La Galerie du Mois

Rêve, fantaisiE” (Dream, fantasy) was not only the title of this show, but, according to the three organizers (two French artists, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster and Bernard Joisten, and a young publisher, Elein Fleiss) the agenda of this new Parisian gallery. “Rêve, fantaisiE” resembles a magic bag from which every trick triggers a dreamlike effect post-psychedelic music, a Brazilian butterfly pinned to the wall, the play of shimmering light, furniture in the form of translucent clouds. It was an exhibition in which everything partook of the fluency of dreams—where the familiar was made strange.

An innocuous chair emits a brutal cry of laughter when one sits on it (Angela Bulloch), a pink Cadillac swerves in an electric green sky (poster by Martin Kippenberger), an educational “Meccano” toy turns the brain into a singular kind of machine for children (Patrick von Caeckenbergh), the gulf war,

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