Gilles Barbier

Galerie Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois

What do artworks think about? What do they dream of while hanging in the museum, seeing us walk past them—at times rushed or indifferent—when all they are trying to do is catch our eye and hold our attention? And what curious, vulgar, or abstruse thoughts come to their minds when we stand fixedly before them for long minutes, or then again at night, when the museum is emptied of all visitors? Such questions may seem ridiculous yet become decisive in the face of works like Jeff Koons’s mirrored Rabbit, 1986, for example, and they are at the heart of the sculptural work of Gilles Barbier as well.

The proof: In this exhibition, Barbier’s entire oeuvre conducted its own self-analysis, a general brainstorming session. This was an oeuvre’s chance to gather its thoughts, review its notes, and take stock of its main themes and particularly of its theoretical acquisitions in complete autonomy:

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