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Capucine Vandebrouck at Saint-Louis


From botany to chemistry, medicine to mineralogy, ‘efflorescence’ evokes the many different, metamorphic phenomena echoed in the work of Capucine Vandebrouck. At La Grande Place / Musée du Cristal Saint-Louis, Vandebrouck’s naturally fragile, minimal installations dialogue with heritage collections of fine crystal.

Fondation d'Entreprise Hermès - Capucine Vandebrouck at Saint-Louis
© Camille Roux

Her raw materials are salt, saltpeter, plaster or organic matter. Evaporation, crystallisation, pulverisation and diffraction are her means of intervention. Capucine Vandebrouck  “celebrates the contingency of materials and everyday, natural processes, abandoning her work to the actions of nature and time,” explains the exhibition curator Hélène Guenin (in charge of programme planning at the Centre Pompidou Metz). Attentive to natural phenomena, Vandebrouck appropriates them with great delicacy and sensitivity in her work, creating sculptural pieces exploring the intrinsic limitations of the medium and her materials.

At La Grande Place / Musée du Cristal Saint-Louis, Capucine Vandebrouck has created a number of new works specifically for the site. Together with intriguing photograms of water vapour (La Mémoire de l’eau) and explorations of the processes of crystallisation, the show includes a new version of Camera obscura, revisited and adapted in situ. Here, the inverted, projected image offers a new perspective on the museum’s collections, focusing on one of the chandeliers hanging at the heart of the space.

After Simples Gestes and Cristallisations, this is the third and final show curated by the Centre Pompidou Metz at La Grande Place / Musée du Cristal Saint-Louis, but the first solo exhibition in the series. Vandebrouck is a young artist from the museum’s home region, living and working in Strasbourg. One should remember that Efflorescences applies not only to the metamorphic transformation of matter as it crystallises and dries, but also to the notion of ‘first flowerings’, a promising start…  

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La Grande Place / Musée du Cristal Saint-Louis

Rue Coëtlosquet
57620 Saint-Louis-lès-Bitche, France 

(daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., except Tuesday)


Curator: Hélène Guenin, curator and programme planner at the Centre Pompidou-Metz