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Leandro Erlich : Sous le ciel

Iconic store of the French capital, the Bon Marché welcomes until the 18 February the exhibition "Under the sky" of the Argentine artist Leandro Erlich. A carte blanche that gives rise to amazing installations, offering the Parisian commercial gallery an ethereal and poetic atmosphere.

Art and the Bon Marché are definitely "good housekeeping"! After having invited the Chinese artist Ai Weiwei in 2016 and the aesthetes Edoardo Tresoldi and Chiharu Shiota in 2017, it is now the turn of the South American Leandro Erlich to reinterpret the interior of the building erected by Louis-Charles Boileau in the nineteenth century . Inspired by the famous title Sthe sky of Paris Edith Piaf, the artist does not propose here a simple incursion in the place but indeed a complete exhibition, playing on the border between real and imaginary.

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"Disrupting the perception of the environment is not a goal in itself, I am rather trying to make the public wonder whether what they see is real or not. " Leandro Erlich, artiste

As usual, Erlich defies the laws of the possible and takes us with him in a whimsical world, far from our daily rainfall. Therefore, although the rain has tempered us during our trip to the department store, the magical universe proposed by the artist allows us to do our shopping under a blue sky just punctuated by a few cumulus clouds. A form of cloud that is found in the windows of the Bon Marché where trapped haze floats between two glass plates.

But his biggest intervention here consists in the transformation of the iconic escalator, originally designed by Andrée Putman in 1990. Under the visual artist's imagination, his ramps twist, knot and make even the loafers doubt about their final destination. And no question that those who prefer to take the elevator are not too troubled in their paths since the artist places there, facing the original mirror, another mirror infinitely reflecting the dumbfounded faces of users.

A whole program promising to give us a few moments of the greyness and Parisian showers!

Exhibition "Under the sky", until 18 February 2018 at Bon Marché, Paris (7e)

To learn more, visit the site of Leandro Erlich

Photographs: Gabriel de La Chapelle

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