OPEN SPACE #7 JEAN CLARACQ AT THE FONDATION LOUIS VUITTON
Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris presents French painter Jean Claracq (born 1991, France), for his first solo exhibition in a museum. Since childhood, Jean Claracq has been fascinated with the history of art, drawing inspiration from mediaeval illumination to photography via Renaissance painting.
Characterized by their miniature size, Jean Claracq’s paintings draw both on the history of Western art (from the Middle Ages to the 18th century) and on new media and social networks (Instagram, Facebook). Despite their small sizes, his compositions teem with detail and offer multiple stories that bring together different temporalities and places. The artist develops poetic worlds through previously completed compositions in the form of a digital collage which are rich in detail and offer multiple narratives. Favoring contemporary iconography, his works reinvent genre scenes in the 2.0 era. We encounter young male characters, immersed in virtual worlds, and isolated in interior and exterior environments, offering different perspectives on the suburbs and their buildings as well as urban and natural landscapes.
For Open Space #7, Jean Claracq presents a selection of recent works alongside Propaganda (2020), a previously unseen polyptych incorporating five new paintings inspired by the tapestries of the five senses of the Lady and the Unicorn.
Graduated from the Ecole Nationale Supérieur des Beaux-Arts Paris in 2017, Jean Claracq lives and works in Paris.
Curated by Ludovic Delalande & Claire Staebler, Open Space is a programme dedicated to the most contemporary artistic expressions where international artists are invited to create a specific project for the Fondation Louis Vuitton. Open Space takes place regularly in different settings around Frank Gehry’s building. Between 2018 and 2020 this programme has hosted solo exhibitions of Jean-Marie Appriou (1986-FR), Matt Copson (1992-UK), Anna Hulačová (1984-CZ), Hoël Duret (1988-FR), Lauren Halsey (1987-USA), Meriem Bennani (1988-MA).