By Jean-Hubert Martin

Following the success of the exhibition Before Time Began, Fondation Opale is now taking on a fresh challenge with a show designed to juxtapose contemporary Aboriginal art with the most prominent examples of contemporary art created in a Western and sometimes Oriental context. The works that will be put on display belong to two separate collections, both of which are outstanding in their own right and contain stunning works: the collection of Aboriginal art belongs to Bérengère Primat and the contemporary art collection was amassed by Garance Primat. Perceived with the eyes and affecting the mood, the fruitful interaction resonates across the various works as they play off each other, their different backgrounds being no obstacle to their powerful effect. The links that come to be formed suggest an underlying unity: the Heavens and the Earth meet, certainly, but so do human beings, and not only amongst each other; they also merge with the Earth and the whole cosmos. An infinite circularity creating unity. This is the central theme of Resonances, the book accompanying the exhibition of the same title, which lends visual form to the intuition of Gulumbu Yunupingu, a Yolngu artist from Arnhem Land (Northern Territory, Australia):

The Aboriginal artists represented include: Rover Thomas, Gulumbu Yunupingu, Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, Judy Watson, Sally Gabori, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Paddy Bedford, Nonggirrnga Marawili, Ronnie Tjampitjinpa, and John Mawurndjul. The artists working in the Western and Oriental traditions include: Jean Dubuffet, Kiki Smith, Anselm Kiefer, Sol Lewitt, Yayoi Kusama, Giuseppe Penone, and Anish Kapoor.

180 pages
paperback, colour illustrations


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