The exhibition “Je suis la chaise”—borrowing the title of Michael Krebber’s eponymous exhibition at Galerie Chantal Crousel in 2007—explores the completely different symbols and interpretations given to this generic and each day used object. The chair is seen right here by varied artists as a form to be deconstructed or reconstructed, as an extension of the human physique and even as a social allegory.
The chair has since its origin in historic Egypt for foremost perform to represent the rank and energy of its occupant and proprietor. This symbolic origin is contained within the very etymology of the French phrase courting from the thirteenth century—chaiere—which suggests chair, seat, throne. A chair is an incarnate object: empty it marks absence, however when used it turns into one with the physique it helps. It is usually an invite to stillness, to particular person or collective reflection, like a pause in time. This exhibition goals to query the shape, the perform, in addition to the symbolism of the chair, inviting us to rethink it because of the usually irreverent or extremely symbolic tackle of the artists.
Allora & Calzadilla
Francisco de Goya
Rick Owens & Michèle Lamy
at Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris
till February 4, 2023