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Fondation Othenin d'Haussonville

Rue de la Gare 2

Case Postale 44
1296 Coppet

Suisse

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Inflecting liberties to the time present

" Eclairer le temps" 

At the castle we aim to create new connections

 

Exhibition: Marc Ash, a contemporary artist welcomed by the castle with a work within the reach of all, a unique beautiful visual experience enlightening Mme de Staël’s interiors with a timeless perspective regarding yesterday’s and today’s questions.

 

We unchangeably intend to relate these disparate time periods that only stroke furtively to shift from one to the other.

 

In our pursuits, we, at times, head steadily to come upon fair answers, here, through the beauty of a relieving work, we ask anew the questions though not intrudingly, this is an encounter for all. Within a sober / restrained expression of art we discover the consistency of our daily choices.

To go further

 

In the 18th century were held the « Cercles de Coppet » (Coppet’s Societies). There were nurtured conversation times and indited works where each and every one would express their thoughts regarding Man in society: which part of power should be his share? How should these powers be organized?

 

There was discussed as well counter-powers, which consequently leads to the significance of press, of literature which every so often/ on occasion is its tree like continuation. There, was defended as a necessity, the manifold origins of expressions because this plurality of vision, alone, carries the emulation conducive/ propitious to proposals constituting a progress.

 

Today the castle welcomes an artist committed to causes, who speaks with a plastic art tasting like our daily language. The contrast of this work of the time present within these walls that have watched Switzerland grow, reminds us the fair reality of our ordinary patterns as much as the relevance of questions we ask ourselves anew on a regular basis: A liberty is never settled, it is ever to be defended. Tocqueville in keeping with Benjamin Constant, so details the shortcomings of a democracy that would use deputation beyond balance. One of the first thing we delegate is our voice, and this voice is taken back in echo by the press, as an implicit mandate, one of awareness, one to be a custodian.

 

Even today, this part is sometimes called into question by the urgency of a publication to primarily be sold. And in this case, do we not bind our voice on our own?

 

Nothing seems to us duplicated today nevertheless our questions remains the same.

 

Whether we be a child or an adult: what are we allowed to speak out, what do we conceal, to friends, to those who represent authority, around us? But above all, should we silence, quell or choose words for others? To which extent do we call for other’s silence? We do learn quite early about secrecy, in our attitudes do we grant consent to the other, to our friend, our coworkers, our children, to speak out?

Whether we be a child or an adult: what are we allowed to speak out, what do we conceal, to friends, to those who represent authority, around us? But above all, should we silence, quell or choose words for others? To which extent do we call for other’s silence? We do learn quite early about secrecy, in our attitudes do we grant consent to the other, to our friend, our coworkers, our children, to speak out?

 

Once again at Coppet, we call anew for these questions…

Marc Ash

Born in 1958 at Oran, Marc Ash lives and works in Paris. He started to paint at a very young age. Unable to live by painting alone, he left his passion on the side to take up an international career in production and trade of raw materials. In 1998, he hung up his blazer and tie to devote himself to art.

 

Success continued, and with it came the recognition of the professional art world. In 2002 his work « All Together » which unites fifty pieces (paintings, sculptures, installations) took for its theme a masterly condemnation of violence and intolerance.

 

In 2010, Marc created « Light the World ». This installation stages an illuminated display using 10.000 copies of the Le Monde newspaper.

 

The work condemns censorship and and celebrates press freedom. “Light the World” was produced in Paris with the support of Le Monde newspaper, and later the Pierre Nothomb Foundation. The Beaux Arts Palace in Brussels opened its doors to Marc's work and “Light the Evening” was shown with the support of the European Union.

 

The installation is due to travel to New York with the New York Times, to London with The Times, to Madrid with El Mundo, to Milan with La Reppublica, to Geneva with Le Temps and to Berlin with Die Welt.

www.marc-ash.com