French Idea[L] runs till the 20 of september at Valletta Contemporary

French Idea[L]

Dominique de Beir

Christian Jaccard

Denis Pondruel

Curated by Olivier Plique
23.08.2019 – 20.09.2019

Valletta Contemporary

free entry

New appointment at VC the 23rd of August with contemporary art French vibes.

The new exhibit is around themes such as freedom, equality, fraternity connected to the famous motto of the French Republic. They refer to what are commonly called ideals: Liberté, égalité, fraternité, regarded as the pinnacle of what can be desired or imagined, for oneself and others.

As expressed by the essayist Luc Olivier d’Algange: «The French idea is irreducible to «values». It is with greater clarity that we wish to illuminate the style of our actions and our sentences. To the “values” that reduce to some absurd common denominator, we will always prefer the luminous freedom we enjoy from the royal fire of the Principles.

The 3 recognized French artists will represent this Idea within a presonal “internal revolution”, to honor this thirst for ideal and for freedom of the people of France, including the socio-dynamic politics of expression and repression currently under spotlights with the movement of yellow vests.

In love with the same freedom aimed at challenging the very status of the piece of art, and following a narrative thread (FIL, French Idea [L]), each artist has created his/her own marker tools with a unique signature of a French-style artistic ideal in a “silent revolution”.


Here some info about these 3 French Artists:

– Christian Jaccard, has been expressing, for more than forty years, a fascination for the combustion through actions and productions in which fire appears as a major artistic material. Determined to make his works real by freeing them from the tyranny of their base, his compositions on free canvasbrought him clo ser by the nature of his research with the group Support Surface. All fire, all flame, Christian will in a way set fire to VCA with the in-situ realization of an ephemeral painting (wall burning).

Christian Jaccard

– Dominique de Beir, who, as of a calming exude, expresses her perforating or destructive jubilation on banal materials that she transcends in a reflection on the slips between drawing and writing, visible and not visible, full and empty, surface and depth. Dominique will express in particular her gestural work through the installation in-situ of a structure close to architecture or to a barricade to which the students of a school in Valletta will be associated.

Dominique de Beir

– Denis Pondruel, in a poetic strength, endlessly explores the relationship between thought and matter. Tunnel digger, sculptor, architect, archaeologist, neurologist, philosopher… he invites the viewer to a visual experience combining relationship with the body, the environment and the mind. Like slogans, he inserts messages of great humanity within the brains it shapes. Bastion builder like the Knights of Malta, Denis chose to create 5 sculptures reflecting the soul of Malta.

Denis Pondruel


Click below for the full interview to the 3 artistis by the curator Olivier Plique and also for the interesting personal interview to the curaotor Plique by Ann Dingli.




Contemporary Art Malta would like to thanks Mr. Olivier Plique for the this kind concession.


More info:

Valletta Contemporary official website




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