Merci blurs the codes and explores the boundaries between art and objects. From January 12thto February 6t, 2018, Merci will show pieces from artists inspired by the objects we use in everyday life. These approachable pieces clearly state that art isn’t necessarily speculative, it’s also a clear source of emotion and inspiration.

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As a mirror-image to these pieces  of obect-inspired art, Merci will offer a selection of art-inspired objects, a selection reflecting important movements in modern and contemporary art: Surrealism, Pop Art, Art Brut, Hyperrealism, Street Art, Body Art…Funny, quirky, poetic, kitsch or bizarre, each of those objects reflects the singular quality particular to art:

A delicate, ghostly collection of items of clothing and accessories cut from unglazed porcelain by Violaine Ulmer, African masks in recycled materials, Japanese “fake-food”, the “Toilet Paper” collection of furniture and tableware designed by Maurizio Cattelan for Seletti…Objects promoted to the rank of pieces of art, presented in a gallery-type space, selected by Merci’s unique eye. So… Art or Object? It’s up to you to decide.

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The Skateroom:

Merci will devote first floor landing to a collaboration with The Skateroom, with their limited – edition skateboards designed by contemporary artists. 8 Campbell’s soup silkscreens (sold as a collection or separately) by Andy Warhol and “In Italian”, a triptych by Jean-Michel Basquiat were selected from a wide catalogue of works. Part of Skateroom’s profits go Skateistan, a charity helping young people through the installation of skate parks.

 

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School Gallery

Olivier Castaing, creator of the School Gallery has been a pioneer for over 10 years, defending both established artists and young talents from around the world. His gallery is a place of discovery that everyone can access. In collaboration with Merci, he selected artists and pieces that emphasise the connection of art and objects: Konrad draws incredibly intricate and accurate works using Bic ballpoint pens exclusively, in blue ink His “20th Century Icons” series represents all the classics in contemporary chairs Kimio Yajima is a Japanese photographer who represents a full range of amazingly beautiful, painterly still lives images of glass bottles and carafes, bathed in a mysterious, warm glow, capture our attention with a strange detail in the level of the water they hold.

 

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Zeuxis gallery.

A by-appointment only gallery apartment and an online platform, where Amélie du Chalard presents a selection of works from  a panel of 70 artists

Tanguy Tolila’s “ Echelles” (ladders), are each unique. They combine salvaged wood, brass and rusted iron wire, everyday objects such as  rulers, sticks, tools, wooden toys,  chosen for their individuality and timeworn qualities

Nadine Altmayer will show her textile paintings. Working with vintage pieces in cotton, linen or hemp, she coats the materials in clay or resin, sometimes adding texture with stitches

 

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