Center d’art Madeleine-Lambert: the collection will soon be online

Karim-GHELLOUSSI, The Living Series, detail (2020, gift of the artist, coll.-Ville de Vénissieux). Figure XJ

During the opening of the exhibition on December 16 On the sample Bayrem Braiki, elected representative for culture at the Madeleine-Lambert art center, was delighted with the news he had just learned. “Promotion of the city’s fine art collection”. An approach pioneered by the municipality has yielded 731 works by 338 artists over nearly forty years and the determination of Madeleine Lambert (founder of our fine arts department). These are sculptures, paintings, drawings, prints, ceramics, photographs and videos, to which are added about forty permanent works in public space and school groups.

This is how Vénissieux presented the application file to the Videomuseum association, which places national collections (Georges-Pompidou, Picasso museum, etc.), museums (Bordeaux, Grenoble, Marseille, Nantes, Nîmes, etc.) online on its website. , Giverny, Piscine de Roubaix, Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris, macLYON, etc. and FRACs (regional funds for contemporary art), among others Alsace, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Burgundy, Brittany and the Villeurbanne Institute of Contemporary Art.

In mid-December, the Videomuseum’s general meeting examined the city’s membership application, and the Council voted overwhelmingly to include Vénissieux in this national network of contemporary art collections.

Now he is opening a big project of photographing and digitizing the works. “Half has already been digitized in very high definition, Xavier Jullien, director of the Madeleine-Lambert art center, confirms. Videomuseum, used as a library catalog, is an important tool. The municipal project shows that it must first address the residents, it also acts as a relay for teachers and all our educational partners, and at the same time has a significant impact that can open new opportunities for loans and distribution in the community and beyond. Access to the video museum site will be integrated into the City’s Culture portal, which is being finalized. »

“Like a prime, inexhaustible forest”

Thus, the City collection, compared by Xavier Jullien, contains more than 700 works “Primary, inexhaustible forest”. We were at the beginning of 2020, and the art center was then exhibiting under the name discotheque. I can’t take my eyes off you, part of a larger whole. That was about then “The idea of ​​looking at a collection and the continuity of that look, even changing over the years”.

“The oldest work, Xavier Jullien explained, It dates from 1931 and is signed Pierre Combet-Descombes. Blaise Adilon and Laura Ben Haiban are among the latest acquisitions, as well as artists who participated in the donations made to the city by Pascale Triol, the owner of the Lyon gallery. »

Isidore Isou, “Commentator sur Van Gogh”, 1985, a gift from Pascale Triol, Col. City of Vénissieux. Photo by Blaise Adilon

According to Xavier, there are several artists “rooted in art history”, you can find in this rich directory. Among them André Masson, Isidore Isou, Bram Van Velde, Leonor Fini, Roberto Matta, Christian Babou, Édouard Pignon, Jean Raine and the Argentinian artist Julio Le Parc, who received French citizenship and is now 94 years old.

Others are pillars of the regional scene, all generations united: Louise Hornung, Thérèse Contestin, Christos Kalfas, Christian Lhopital, Elzevir, Henry Ughetto, Géraldine Kosiak, Remy Jacquier, Philippe Durand, Emmanuelle Coqueray, Simon de Jou Martin, Valérie David Posth-Kohler, Rajak Ohanian, Rene Jaros, Josef Ciesla…

The collection also includes representatives of the current French art scene, such as Bertille Buck, Jean-Luc Verne, Christine Crozat or the documentary céline duval.

Finally, notice the many works installed in public space by Georges Salendre, Madeleine Lambert, Ivan Avoscan, Sylvie Dupin, Jean-Charles Monot, Patrice Giorda, Alain Lovato, Christiane Guillaubey and Geneviève Böhmer.

Once the digitization is complete, you can enjoy all these rich examples of contemporary art.

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