Whether you’re trying to avoid raindrops or sweat drops, it’s sometimes good to have a fallback plan: and why not have an arty weekend? If we have of course the museums of the City, other temporary and free exhibitions have caught our attention. To get off the beaten track, just open a few doors and let yourself be surprised. Here are 5 free and original exhibitions to do in Strasbourg over the next few days.
HEAR Graduation Weekend
End-of-course exhibition of the HEAR (Haute-École des Arts du Rhin), the “Graduation Weekend” presents each year the work and the universe of future graduates in Art, Art-Object, Design, Textile Design , Visual didactics, Illustration, Graphic communication, Scenography and Music. The artistic proposals are as numerous and diversified as are the profiles of the students: there are installations, performances, sculpture, concerts… In short: it is a deep dive into the vast ocean of young creation.
And that’s without forgetting the launch party, on Friday. A cultural and festive meeting with the opening, first, but also concerts, DJ sets, food trucks and an award ceremony. All this in the beautiful Arts-Déco building.
Maria Fernandes alias Cactusauvage in AVILA
Photographer and visual/3D artist Maria Fernandes alias cactusauvage (whose work we have already presented to you), exhibiting for the next few weeks at Avila, the most arty hair salon in town. Focusing his photography on “intimacy across distance”she introduces us to her universe that is both gentle and enigmatic, ranging from “the close focus on the abstract skin of a pepper, with the still moon balanced in its blue light”. Pretty curiosities to discover, to change your focus on the world around us.
“The Big Maze” of the Semencerie
Get ready to get lost this weekend in an exhibition like no other, both “amazing and immersive” : the “Big maze” of the Semencerie. Embellished with performances, concerts, this exhibition offers “explore works interspersed with traps or false exits”in a meander of cardboard walls, recalling “the pleasure of the children’s cabin”, we are told. …Intriguing.
“Autobahn” by Jörg Brüggemann at La Chambre
With our German neighbours, the motorway network is “national flagship”being “probably the most monumental built structure in Germany” as the Chamber recalls in the preamble to its exhibition “Autobahn”, by photographer Jörg Brüggemann.
The latter traveled the 13,000 km, between 2014 and 2019, to deliver a testimony shared between “fascination and doubts”, « nostalgia [et] distanced criticism ». Thus confronting the image of freedom, and excellence of German engineering, with traffic jams, with the ecological crisis which questions the future of this mode of circulation. An exhibition of circumstance just as the departures on vacation on the roads of France (and Europe) are just beginning.
“Samurai, warriors and aesthetes” at the BNU
Fascinating, the samurai enjoy in our country the reputation given to them by the works of fiction that feed our imagination as Westerners. Present from 10th at 19th century, these Japanese knights are however much more than “warriors with exemplary moralsentirely turned to the practice of arms and faithful to their duty until a death they despise “as the intro to the exhibition “Samurais, warriors and aesthetes” of the BNU (National University Library) reminds us.
Based on goods from a private collection promised as a donation to the BNU – and in particular the very elaborate saber guards – the latter sheds historical light that goes beyond that of the myth: how the warrior became, over the millennium, “a refined, urban and cultured man”.