"L’Amazone Érogène" by Prune Nourry
"L’AMAZONE ÉROGÈNE" BY PRUNE NOURRY WILL BE TAKING OVER LE BON MARCHÉ UNTIL 21 FEBRUARY
Reaffirming its commitment to contemporary art, Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche will be playing host to an exhibition event until 21 February.
After Leandro Erlich in 2018, Joana Vasconcelos in 2019 and Oki Sato from Nendo Studio in 2020, it's now the turn of visual artist and sculptor Prune Nourry to invest Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche with a monumental work specially designed for the carte blanche exhibition: "L’Amazone Érogène".
Découvrez le clip de la chanson inédite composée et interprétée par Matthieu Chedid, co-écrite par Prune Nourry et Daniel Pennac, et avec la collaboration d’Ibeyi à l’occasion de l’installation « L’Amazone Erogène » de Prune Nourry au Bon Marché
Prune Nourry is an artist whose many talents span sculpture, video, installation art and performance. Through her various creations, she examines the concepts of gender, femininity and genetics, and challenges our relationship to the body. Her work also has a very personal resonance, as Prune Nourry drew on her own experience in designing a stunning work of art, where the aesthetic and the symbolic overlap.
The installation at Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche continues the series of works known as "Catharsis", displayed at Galerie Templon in 2019. Prune Nourry was inspired by the myth of the Amazons, who legend has it would cut off their right breast to make them better archers. Playing with the characteristic symbols of the warrior, the artist has created an installation around three major components: a breast-shaped target, a bow and arrows.
AN EXHIBITION THROUGHOUT THE STORE
The display windows
The exhibition consists of a series of installations presented in the display windows on Rue de Sèvres. Across the series of 10 display windows, a bow sends arrows (1,800 of them no less!) flying towards a breast-shaped target, imparting momentum along the façade of Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche. Composed like a tableau, each display window conjures up the figure of the Amazon, as suggested by the bow and arrows. These form geometric patterns inspired by the works of American minimalist artists, including Sol LeWitt and Franck Stella.
The glass canopies
The heart of the exhibition can be found under the central glass canopies at Le Bon Marché, rising 16 metres high. Hundreds of arrows (888 to be exact) made from white wood and feathers fly through the air beneath the first glass canopy, creating a cloud pointing in the direction of the four-metre-wide breast target suspended in front of the legendary escalators at the department store. Beneath the second glass canopy, an evocatively-shaped bow five metre high points towards a second target and serves as counterpart to the volley of arrows. Like the target, the edge of the bow also recalls a cut breast, evocative of the Amazon myth.
L'Entrée sur l'Art Contemporain
Located on the corner of Rue du Bac and Rue de Babylone, the "L’Entrée sur l’Art Contemporain" area provides a second introduction through the screening of a making-of film about the exhibition. In it, Prune Nourry talks about her inspiration and the background to the exhibition.
THE SYMBOLISM OF THE WORK
The installation is inspired by mythology, but also serves as a metaphor for breast cancer and the personal experience of the artist who went through it in recent years. A true catharsis, the installation continues the series of works of the same name and the "Serendipity" documentary film made by Prune Nourry in 2019. Shown in cinemas in America, as well as in France, the film recounts her journey through the disease and explores the unexpected links between her past works and her personal story.
"L’Amazone Érogène" also reflects other themes of interest to the artist, including procreation. The cloud of arrows heading for the target is reminiscent of millions of sperm moving toward the egg at fertilisation. Sensitive and powerful, but bountiful too, "L’Amazone Érogène" can be interpreted on different levels and is ultimately full of hope. Inspired in biographical terms by an ordeal, the personal experience of breast cancer, the work pays tribute to the forces of life, as well as to women.
To extend the experience…
Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche and La Grande Épicerie de Paris are holding various special events linked to the exhibition through the programme for Les Off. Among them: a guided tour by the artist, a talk and exhibition catalogue signing with Prune Nourry and Daniel Pennac, not to mention an experimental culinary event geared around healthy eating for the body and mind.
Guided tours of the exhibition are available on 16, 24 and 30 January at 12 noon and 3.15 pm, as well as on 6, 14 and 21 February at 12 noon and 3.15 pm.
For children aged 6 to 10 years, there will be guided tours followed by an art workshop on 16, 24 and 30 January and on 6 February at 11.15 am, 2.30 pm and 4.30 pm.