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Simples Gestes at La Grande Place, Musée du Cristal Saint-Louis

Launch exhibition for a new Fondation programme

Simples Gestes ('Simple Gestures') celebrates the active role of gesture in the creation of form. The exhibition launches a new curatorial programme for the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, at La Grande Place, Musée du Cristal Saint-Louis. The international show features video and installations echoing the crystal Manufacture's artisan skills.

Fondation d'Entreprise Hermès - Simples Gestes at La Grande Place, Musée du Cristal Saint-Louis
© Gabriel Oroszco, courtesy de l’artiste et galerie Chantal Crousel

In the words of art historian Henri Focillon: 'The creative gesture acts continuously upon the inner life,' (Eloge de la main, 1934). In this context, the exhibition Simples Gestes, at Saint-Louis-lès-Bitche (in the French department of Moselle), celebrates man's capacity to use gesture to create new forms. The project explores the importance of gesture as a direct force shaping some of our most perennially fascinating forms. As such, the event is a pendant to the exhibition Formes Simples, currently showing at the Centre Pompidou Metz, co-produced by the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès.

In counterpoint to the objects presented in Metz, Simples Gestes focuses on the ephemeral lines traced by the actions of man. Video works by Natacha Nisic, Ali Kazma, Julien Prévieux, Melik Ohanian, Émilie Pitoiset, Aneta Grzeszykowska and Gabriel Orozco are a visual testimony to hands in motion, creating form, whether at work, signing langage, or dancing. The exhibition opens and closes with installations by Eva Kotatkova, Jean-Marie Appriou, Guillaume Leblon and Jean-Luc Vilmouth, exploring gesture in three-dimensional works. Each piece contributes a continuous background dialogue with the virtuoso manual skills of the artisans, close by, in the Manfacture's workshops. 

The Fondation d’entreprise Hermès has chosen to programme events at La Grande Place in  collaboration with leading Lorraine art institutions, highlighting the museum's regional focus. The first guest institution is the Centre Pompidou Metz (for the 2014-15 season). The inaugural exhibition is curated by Jean de Loisy with associate curator Sandra Adam-Couralet.

>> (Re)visit Formes simples at the Centre Pompidou-Metz

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La Grande Place, Musée du cristal Saint-Louis, 57620 Saint-Louis-lès-Bitche


Jean de Loisy, president of the Palais de Tokyo,
Sandra Adam-Couralet, independant curator.