Xavier Veilhan

Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin

Xavier Veilhan’s new exhibition bears the title of his film Furtivo (Stealth, 2008), recently made by the artist but not on view in the show. Yet the works included here are all linked to the dreamlike world of this thirty-minute piece, in which we follow the singer and musician Sébastien Tellier (with whom Veilhan has collaborated frequently) on an enigmatic voyage from the earth to the sea, from the Fiat factory in Turin to a sumptuous sailboat christened Stealth. The gallery’s two separate spaces were secretly linked by this absent filmic narrative, which lent coherence and atmosphere to what was conceived not as the gallery remake of Furtivo but as its oneiric continuation—the “épanchement du songe dans la vie réelle” (overflow of the dream into real life), as the Romantic poet Gérard de Nerval put it.

A technical detail extended this visionary experience: The works here were not

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