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Jean-Charles Pigeau at La Verrière

AK-A-DE

An encounter between art and meditation, a surprising synthesis of Buddhism and south American art: Jean -Charles Pigeau’s work is an invitation to embark on an inner journey. Pigeau has created a monumental sculpture, an object of contemplation, bathed in the light of La Verrière.

Fondation d'Entreprise Hermès - Jean-Charles Pigeau at La Verrière
© Fabien de Cugnac

A white, stepped, semi-circular pyramid greets the visitor at the entrance of La Verrière. On the other side of this architectural, plaster form visitors discover the hollowed silhouette of a Buddha, covered in gold leaf. On the floor, a concave mirror invites viewers to engage in a troubling play of reflections, shafts of light and the glitter of gold.

AK-A-DE – ‘inhabited place’ in the language of the Mi’kmaq people, of north-eastern America – is a serene synthesis of the artist’s work to date. Born in Pithiviers in 1955, Jean-Charles Pigeau has travelled the world, discovering its cultures. He has lived several times in Mexico and is a passionate admirer of Olmec art, also fascinated by Oriental philosophies, taking inspiration from a wide range of sources, freely mixing references to Buddha and the Yucatán Sun God.

In the light-filled setting of La Verrière, Jean-Charles Pigeau proposes a ‘sculpture that speaks directly to the soul’, in the words of La Verrière’s art director Alice Morgaine. As a counterpoint to the piece, a handful of plaster lemons, also covered in gold leaf, brings the visitor back ‘down to earth’, perfectly balancing the introspective character of the central work.

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