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Over the Rainbow at La Grande Place

Looking beyond the clouds

Clouds and other meteorological phenomena take centre stage at the Musée du Cristal Saint-Louis, for a celebration of the poetry of weather. Devised by 49 Nord 6 Est - FRAC Lorraine, ‘Over the Rainbow’ presents an iconoclastic weather report, de-mythologising the contemporary art scene with a fresh, cross-disciplinary approach.

Fondation d'Entreprise Hermès - Over the Rainbow at La Grande Place
© Collection de Météo-France avec l'aimable autorisation de JM Peyrot des Gachons

49 Nord 6 Est – FRAC Lorraine presents its second exhibition at La Grande Place, as the guest institution of the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès. Continuing the first show’s celestial theme, ‘Over the Rainbow’ explores the poetry of meteorology, deliberately ignoring the climatologists’ alarm bells to focus on creative artworks. ‘There is an urgent need for joyous creativity and dreams, right now,’ says Béatrice Josse, curator of the exhibition.

This resolutely positive approach draws on the perspectives of scientists, artists, amateurs and artisans, to reveal the secrets of our weather. At the heart of the Musée du Cristal, Lorraine artist Benoît Billotte continues his Sun line, traced in the first exhibition, while Yona Friedman and young Chinese artists Jingfang Hao & Lingjie Wang (based in nearby Mulhouse) work with a cloud and rainbow respectively.

Accompanying the artists’ work, ‘Over the Rainbow’ features items on exceptional loan from the archives of Météo-France, including remarkable watercolour plates by André des Gachons, painted between 1913 and 1951, representing the sky and cloudscapes at different times of day. Technology and artisanship come together in a theodolite from 1935, used to measure the height of clouds, and a blown-glass Christmas bauble in the form of a cumulus, from the Centre international d’art verrier in Meisenthal. A series of images of Épinal punctuates this unstinting dialogue between technology, art and artisanship, beneath the skies of the French department of Moselle.

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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

Information: +33 3 87 06 40 04

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Curator : Béatrice Josse

Artists from the 49 Nord 6 Est - Frac Lorraine collection, Metz: Benoît Billotte, Yona Friedman

 Guest artists: Jingfang Hao et Lingjie Wang

 Partners: Archives Météo-France ; Centre international d’art verrier, Meisenthal ; Musée de l’Image, Épinal

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