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EXPOSITION - VASCO ASCOLINI L ŒUVRE AU NOIR

Exhibition in Nancy
  • As part of the Year of Photography (May 2024 - May 2025), the Musée des Beaux-Arts will be presenting a succession of works by contemporary photographers recently added to its collections. The exhibition will feature Vasco Ascolini, Patrick Bailly-Maître-Grand, Jean-Luc Tartarin and Françoise Saur. Autumn will be the high point of this thematic year, with three exhibitions devoted to photography, united under the common title of "Visions".

    To kick off this photographic year, the Musée des...
    As part of the Year of Photography (May 2024 - May 2025), the Musée des Beaux-Arts will be presenting a succession of works by contemporary photographers recently added to its collections. The exhibition will feature Vasco Ascolini, Patrick Bailly-Maître-Grand, Jean-Luc Tartarin and Françoise Saur. Autumn will be the high point of this thematic year, with three exhibitions devoted to photography, united under the common title of "Visions".

    To kick off this photographic year, the Musée des Beaux-Arts presents a representative selection of Vasco Ascolini's work.

    Born in Reggio Emilia (Italy) in 1937, Vasco Ascolini studied photography in the USA and Parma, and began his photographic activity in the mid-1960s. He asserted his personal style during his long collaboration with the Teatro Comunale di Reggio Emilia (1973-1990). It was around and on the stage that he came to understand the evocative power of black, and its ability to make bodily presence palpable through the dramatic play of light. Invited in 1991 by Michèle Mutashar, curator of the Musée Réattu, to photograph Arles, he produced his first major work on the theme of architecture, which met with international success thanks to the Rencontres photographiques. Indeed, it is in architecture and in the observation of mineral materials that Ascolini's talent is most freely expressed, and from then on he was often called upon to work in prestigious locations throughout Europe, the United States and Japan. His photographs can be found in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the Musée Carnavalet and the Petit Palais in Paris, among others.

    In 2019, the photographer honored the Musée des Beaux-arts de Nancy with a generous donation of his work. These 120 prints made over the years retrace his artistic career from 1970 to the present day.

    The few works gathered here cannot describe the totality of the photographer's plastic research. But they do allow us to approach his vocabulary, and to observe its construction over time.
    His unmistakable mastery of blacks began to assert itself in the chiaroscuro of avant-garde theater. A veritable empire of signs, the stage played a crucial role in the maturation of many photographers in the 1970s-1980s, and enabled Vasco Ascolini to explore artificial light in all its forms.

    Sculpture, which he photographed in its original context (palaces, castles, ancient ruins...) as much as in museums, became his favorite laboratory. A whole people of shadows insinuates itself into his silently composed images.

    As the years went by, lines became purer, faces disappeared behind textures. Marble and its veins, cast shadows and doorways irresistibly catch the photographer's eye. His radical photography evacuates all explicit human presence, and brings back to the heart of the visible the question that founds all images: what is seeing?

    Vasco Ascolini's work, a veritable alchemical enterprise, a work in black patiently renewed over decades, invites us to introspection.
Schedules
  • From May 10, 2024
    until August 5, 2024
  • Monday
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Wednesday
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Thursday
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Friday
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Saturday
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Sunday
    10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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