The first Venetian exhibition by François Xavier Saint Pierre
July 4 – 31, 2022
Fondazione Giorgio e Armanda Marchesani – Fondamenta Rossa 2525, Dorsoduro, Venice.
“During the pandemic, I’ve been drawing and painting and thinking about the detritus of culture, the persistence of historical tropes, pictorial traditions, and creative problems posed by the weight of history. The exhibition The Spiders and the Bees is inspired by the quarrel between the Ancients and the Moderns that originated in late 17th century France and went on to inform European artistic and political thought.”François Xavier Saint Pierre
“The Spiders and the Bees references Jonathan Swift’s satirical take on the quarrel between the Ancients and the Moderns – those that valued tradition as the basis for artistic creation, and those who favoured innovation and the new. In Swift’s telling, the two warring camps were portrayed as insects. He likened the Ancients to bees, who took from various flowers to create something beautiful, and the Moderns to spiders, who spun something new literally out of nothing.
I reference this framework in order to navigate artistic forms and the notion of progress and to examine the value of the present moment and the utility of the past. How do we endeavour to create meaning and structure in the present moment and address the value of history?”
– François Xavier Saint Pierre
This limited edition print is available for purchase in June 2022, in advance of the solo exhibition The Spiders and the Bees, which will be presented at the Fondazione Marchesani in Venice from July 4 to 31. Prints may be picked up at the gallery during opening hours or by appointment. If you would like your print to be shipped, please be in touch for rates and timing.
A portion of sales will be donated to SUMUS, a forward-thinking organization of Venetian citizens founded in 2020.
July 4 – 31, 2022
Monday to Thursday, 3pm – 7pm
Friday to Sunday, 11am – 7pm
Official opening on July 7, 6 pm
Fondazione Giorgio e Armanda Marchesani, Fondamenta Rossa 2525, Dorsoduro, Venice.
How to contact the institution?
Fondazione Giorgio e Amanda Marchesani
tel. + 39 041 308 4944
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