Paul Armand Gette [collection Maison Bernard, Fonds de dotation. N01]

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: 15 x 21 cm, 92 pages, softback.
Authors : Lydie Rekow-Fond, conversation between Paul Armand Gette and Isabelle Bernard.
Published in September 2017.
Isbn : 978-2-35864-103-6.
Public price : 22€.

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«It was inevitable !». When he wrote this simple sentence, Paul Armand Gette summed up his involvement with Maison Bernard, a relationship which has flourished over many years. In 1990, he inaugurated gallerie Paul Bernard in Nice with an exhibition he had “long been dreaming of”,and then came to visit the house built by Antti Lovag at Théoule-sur-Mer. The years went by, Pierre Bernard and Antti Lovag passed away, and the house was passed on to the next generation and transformed with the addition of, among other things, an artist residency. Selecting Paul Armand Gette as the first artist to work in the house is but a continuation of the ethos of working with the spirit of the place. The three men shared a taste for freedom, this certainty that anything is possible which has pushed them to break free from norms and to transgress our biases, to explore new territory, asking how can one inhabit a domestic space? and what are we looking at? And Antti Lovag and Paul Armand Gette, who love to flirt with provocation, both claimed DIY as a method to play with architecture and art in their own way, and which allowed them to, “just like that”, create a body of work with a detachment which combines discretion and a lightness of touch. Both men have fought against arbitrary hierarchies. For them, there are no ‘dignified’ spaces, nor any which are ‘lowly’. Isabelle Bernard

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