February 7, 2015 - Frac Haute-Normandie - Drawing in the Making
February 7, 2015

Drawing in the Making

Tom Molloy, Doubt, 2012.Drawing.

Drawing in the Making
14 February–3 May 2015

Preview: Friday 13 February, 6:30pm

Frac Haute-Normandie
3, place des Martyrs-de-la-Résistance
76300 Sotteville-lès-Rouen

T +00 33 (0) 2 35 72 27 51


The exhibition, which occupies both floors of the Frac Haute-Normandie building, focuses on bringing together works from different periods and horizons in order to explore similarities and connections and sharp, significant contrasts, from a technical perspective. The different combinations that appear in the exhibition highlight the line, rendering, medium, the importance of the format and the tenor of the artist’s form of expression. They also raise a series of questions with regard to concepts relevant to this medium, such as the space on the paper, the importance of line, the continued use of washes, the omnipresence of fragments, the implications and challenges of tachism, the relationship to the model, the unfinished work, etc. This technical approach provides an opportunity to investigate where the dividing line is drawn between sketches, studies and works and, above and beyond our concepts of periods and styles, the status and aesthetic role of this process yesterday and today.

In response to a perceived dislocation, empowerment and liberalisation in contemporary drawing, the exhibition—in the same way as the symposium—sets out to question and put into perspective the evolution of these challenges and strategies by displaying both old and contemporary works that do not fit into specific categories or sit with prevalent ideas on drawing. Accordingly, the exhibition seeks to scramble the tracks between periods and styles, in order to the subvert the way we look at and perceive works of art and their context, and to explore different frames of reference.

In order to break free of the notion that old drawings are attendant to a work in the making, while contemporary drawings—in their emancipation—have become works in their own right, the exhibition “Drawing in the Making” meshes periods, genres, leading artists and lesser-known names, with the primary aim of showing distinguishing drawings from an artist’s or period’s output. 

Véronique Souben, Director, Frac Haute-Normandie;
Diederik Bakhuÿs, Curator of the Prints & Drawings Department, Musée des Beaux-Arts in Rouen;
Annette Haudiquet, Head curator of the Musée d’Art Moderne André Malraux (MuMa) in Le Havre; 
With research assistance from Agnès Werly.

Henri-Georges Adam, Francis Alÿs, Auguste Anastasi, Pierre Ardouvin, Saïd Atek, Silvia Bächli, Patrice Balvay, Dirk Barendsz, Antoine-Louis Barye, Paul Baudoüin, Auguste Baussan, Léon Benouville, Jean-Victor Bertin, Giuseppe Bernardino Bison, Michel Blazy, Pierre Bonnard, Nancy Brooks Brody, Damien Cadio, Alexandre Calame, Adolphe-Félix Cals, Eugène Carrière, Théodore Caruelle d’Aligny, Cham (Amédée de Noé), Henri-Michel-Antoine Chapu, Gaston Chaissac, François Chiffart, Francis Caudron, Franciska Clausen, Palcido Costanzi, Henri-Edmond Cross, Dominique de Beir, Alexandre-Gabriel Decamps, Eugène Delacroix, Delalande, Hervé Delamare, Guillaume Dégé, Mirtha Dermisache, Mark Dion, Helmut Dorner, Raoul Dufy, Jakob Gautel, Sebastiano Galeotti, Jean-Pierre Germain, Luca Giordano, Romain Grenon, Fabrice Gygi, Thomas Huber, Il Volterano (Baldassarre Franceschini), Moïse Jacobber, Asger Jorn, Henri Lehmann, Isabelle Lévénez, Samuel Martin, Charles Monnet, Françoise Pacé, Javier Pérez, Chloe Piene, Benoît Pierre, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Etienne Pressager, Jorge Queiroz, François-Auguste Ravier, Anne-Marie Schneider, Nancy Spero, Giambattista Tiepolo, Kees Van Dongen, Catharina van Eetevelde, François-André Vincent, Wolf Vostel…

International symposium 
“States Of Drawing: From Hubert Robert To Glen Baxter” 
Thursday 9–Friday 10 April 2015

Press contact: Chloé Palau: chloe.palau.frachn@orange.fr

Frac Haute-Normandie is funded by Haute-Normandie Regional Council, the Ministry of Culture and Communication / DRAC Haute-Normandie and Sotteville-lès-Rouen City Council.


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