IN IMAGES, IN PICTURES. Near Rouen, gigantic works have “invaded” the Matmut art center

The exhibition is accessible from July 2 to September 25, 2022, at the Matmut contemporary art center, in Saint-Pierre-de-Varengeville (Seine-Maritime) (©AF/76news)

Gardener’s boots, supermarket trolleys, construction cones, camping chairs… The hyperrealistic and oversized objects of the artist Lilian Bourgeat have taken up residence in the Matmut contemporary art center in Saint-Pierre-de-Varengeville , close to Rouen (Seine Maritime).

From July 2 to September 25, 2022, a free exhibition accessible to all (especially people with reduced mobility) is presented in the vast Matmut park and its castle. As Sophie Lemaire, head of the cultural center, reminds us, this exhibition is part of an objective to “make art and culture accessible to all”.

Everyday objects take on a new dimension.
Everyday objects take on a new dimension. (©AF/76News)

Everyday objects on a (very) large scale

Within this six-hectare green setting, visitors will be amazed and amused at the sight of these monumental creations which together maintain the same relationship: “These are objects of everyday life”, explains Lilian Bourgeat.

It is with these banal objects that the artist has fun playing in a satirical and offbeat staging. “There are always several levels of understanding the work. And then, they take on a different meaning depending on where they are exhibited”, continues the artist from the Jura.

The artist Lilian Bourgeat, on her bench.
Artist Lilian Bourgeat on her bench. (©AF/76news)

About twenty artistic creations

The first thing you notice during your visit is this huge traffic cone, designed as a meeting place. “You can sit around, it’s made for”, comments the designer.

During the walk (allow a good hour to admire all the creations), you will also come across two supermarket trolleys, one of which is overturned, as if “a little gust of wind” had blown on capitalism . Among the other creations, we also discover an oversized construction level, positioned on a basin and baptized “The earth is flat”, like a snub addressed to conspirators, or even a corkscrew (giant, too) in homage to Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man.

The corkscrew, in homage to the Vitruvian man.
The corkscrew, in homage to the Vitruvian man. (©AF/76news)

The visit also continues inside the castle, where we discover new works by the same artist (some of which have been specially designed for the exhibition), such as large piggy banks, a vintage telephone or even a basketball game… a bit special since each “player” participates in developing the work.

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Practical information
Free exhibition from July 2 to September 25 at the Matmut contemporary art center in Saint-Pierre-de-Varengeville.
Free admission. The castle is open from Wednesday to Friday, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., from Saturday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Closed on Monday and Tuesday.
The park is free to access from Monday to Sunday, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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