February 3, 2010 - Cultural Foundation Ekaterina - Jean-Marc Bustamante
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February 3, 2010

Jean-Marc Bustamante

Jean-Marc Bustamante
February 3 – March 28, 2010

Moscow 21/5 Kuznetskij most st.,
porch 8, entrance from Bolshaya Lubyanka street
Phone: +7 (495) 621 55 22
Fax: +7 (495) 626 06 89
info [​at​] ekaterina-foundation.ru

www.ekaterina-foundation.ru/eng/

In early 2010, as part of the Year of Russia and France 2010, held under the auspices of both the President of the French Republic and the President of the Russian Federation, the Cultural Foundation “EKATERINA” welcomes on its premises an exhibition of a French artist Jean-Marc Bustamante.

Jean-Marc Bustamante has become a leader of the so-called “figurative photography” [photographie plasticienne] trend, that has caused a revolution in art over the last two decades. Since 1978, Bustamante has been offering his photography to the audience as a very specific form of painting. He was one of those to start a leading trend of the contemporary art: since the exhibitions in Vancouver and Dusseldorf, followed by those in New York and Paris, photography has once and for all established itself as belonging to the high art, with the borderline between the two areas eliminated forever. Some of the artists exploiting this trend (as, for example, Andreas Gursky, whose exhibition took place in the Foundation in 2008) continued to work with photography, giving it priority above all other expressive means. Others, as Jean-Marc Bustamante, however, broadened the horizons of their artistic search by involving sculpture and painting.

Jean-Marc Bustamante is also well-known by his conceptual installations, where he manages to create a unique mélange of ornamental design and architectural space, both mingled with his exclusive technique of painting on plexiglas.

In Moscow the artist will present an exhibition that represents his creative evolution to the full extent, including both photography dating back to late 1970-s and his most recent paintings on plexiglas.

Thus, the Moscow project can, actually, be considered as Bustamante’s first retrospective exhibition.

The exposition is envisaged as a “total installation” (when the artist himself is both a supervisor and an author of the exhibition), demonstrating various aspects of Jean-Marc’s creative achievements. Due to its chronological structure and the crossing of various motives, names, colors and materials, the exhibition will give the audience a unique chance to feel and reconstruct the relations between photography, sculpture, and painting.

Ten European collections and museums participate in the exhibition, particularly, S.M.A.K. (Gent, Belgium), Musée d’Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne (France), and the Fond municipal d’art contemporain de la ville de Paris (FRAC).

The forthcoming exhibition catalogue is to feature articles by Alfred Pacquement, Christian Bernard, and Pauline de Laboulaye. The catalogue is not supposed to be a mere inventory of artwork presented at the exhibition. It will also reflect all the previous experience acquired during exhibitions in various museums, galleries, biennales, as well as in private exhibition spaces, thus representing the whole range of Bustamante’s creative work.

The Cultural Foundation “EKATERINA”
Moscow 21/5 Kuznetskij most st.,
porch 8, entrance from Bolshaya Lubyanka street
Phone: +7 (495) 621 55 22
Fax: +7 (495) 626 06 89
e-mail: info@ekaterina-foundation.ru

The project is being realized as part of the Year of Russia and France 2010 under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture (Russian Federation) and the Embassy of France in the Russian Federation.

www.france-russia2010.ru

The Cultural Foundation

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