Galerie légitime #2


Size: 15.7 H x 15.7 W x 1.6 in

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Painting: Oil on Canvas.


The Davis Lisboa Mini-Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona

Davis Lisboa, "Galerie légitime #2", 2013, oil on canvas, 15,7 x 15,7 x 1,57 in (40 x 40 x 3,5 cm)

What inspired the work?

Conceptually, I have been inspired by the work entitled "Galerie légitime" by Robert Filliou, who decided, in January 1962, to create his own gallery and conceived traveling: "La galerie légitime" (the Legitimate Gallery) - "legitimate" because it considers "legitimate that the art descends from its heights in the street." A gallery, contained in a cap, because a hat covers the head, the brain, and that "everything comes from the brain", stamped with the stamp "Galerie Légitime – couvre-chef(s)-d’œuvre(s)" (Legitimate gallery - headdress (s) -work (s)", playing on double reading: "chapeau (couvre-chef) qui couvre des œuvres (chefs d’œuvres)" (hat (headgear) that covers works (masterpieces)". He presents, in the street, small format creations made by his friends or him, in this case "Measurements" (objects such as subway tickets or matchboxes measured by unusual units such as fingerprints or bedbugs), "Momified Objects" (Mummified Objects, that is to say strung) and the "Jeu recommandé de la Galerie Légitime" (Recommended Game of the Legitimate Gallery) which we win every time because the cards are faked...

He also organizes exhibitions or "voyages de la Galerie Légitime" (Legitime Gallery trips): in July 1962, he welcomed Benjamin Patterson who proposes a course in Paris punctuated by micro events; in October 1962, during the exhibition "Misfit's Fair" in London, he inaugurated "The Frozen Exhibition, Oct. 62 - Oct. 72", a "exposition gelée" (frozen exhibition) because the vernissage was to last ten years, the time usually required, according to him, for a production to be broadcast.

Formally, I was inspired by the German painter Gerhard Richter, who began in 1960's to create his iconic photographic paintings. From a collection of photographs that he added throughout his life - from press clippings to family photos - Richter projected and drew the images on a canvas. In the process of recreating the photos, he erased the images, leaving the subjects unidentifiable.

What do you hope its viewers will think?

I hope that viewers understand that there is a narrative within the history of art that deals with the artists who created their own museums. This narrative is constructed through Marcel Duchamp (Boîte-en-valise, 1936-1941), Robert Filliou (La galerie légitime, 1962-1963) and Marcel Broodthaers (Musée d'Art Moderne, Département des Aigles, 1968-1972). Following this narrative, I decided to create the Davis Museum | The Davis Lisboa Mini-Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona (2009-ongoing), which is, simultaneously, a readymade sculpture, a non-profit collective art project, and at the same time, a cultural entity recognized by the Generalitat de Catalunya (an Autonomous Community in Spain).

Created symbolically in an electoral ballot box and disseminated mainly through Facebook, the Davis Museum is also the smallest contemporary art museum in the world.

This cultural entity has several sections and one of them is "The Paintings Section From Davis Museum". It is divided into portraits and still lifes. The portraits represent Marcel Duchamp, Robert Filliou and Marcel Broodthaers; while still lifes represent the "Boîte-en-valise" (Box in a suitcase), the "Galerie légitime" (Legitimate gallery) and the "Musée d'Art Moderne, Département des Aigles" (Museum of Modern Art, Department of Eagles).

Why did you choose the medium, the frame format and the color?

I chose oil on canvas because I am interested in painting not only because of its versatility as a medium but also because of its rich historical repository of images and ideas.

Only the best materials have been used for this work: linen canvas, oil paintings by Old Holland and medium by Blockx. As the Davis Museum is a cube, I chose the frame of the paintings to be square. And since the Davis Museum's brand color is blue, I chose the same color for all the paintings.

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Keywords: Still Life, Top Hat, Black And White , Elegant, Hat, Object

Subjects: Still Life

Styles: Impressionism, Realism

Mediums: Oil

Materials: Canvas

Prints: Still Life Art Prints, Impressionism Art Prints, Realism Art Prints, Oil Art Prints, Canvas Art Prints

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