An exhibition of Adrien van Melle at the Jean-Jacques Henner Museum, the fourth artist invited in residence at the museum in the framework of a partnership with the Beaux-Arts de Paris.
A Journey is rooted in the one the artist made in July 2020, from Paris to Rome, from the Jean-Jacques Henner Museum to the Villa Medici, in the footsteps of his predecessor, winner of the prestigious Prix de Rome in 1858 with Adam and Eve finding the body of Abel (Paris, École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, deposit at the Jean-Jacques Henner Museum).
The heroes of the story are Gabriel Mayer - himself a double of the artist - and the mysterious ----, made even more mysterious by his disappearance. The story tells of the investigation that the former is carrying out on the traces of the latter in the same Italy that Jean-Jacques Henner discovered and travelled through with passion some 160 years ago.
These characters who seek each other, get inspired, cross paths in these historical and timeless places, will they end up finding each other?
Adrien van Melle was born in 1987 in Paris where he lives and works. His production mixes literature with various plastic practices and confronts the spectator with narrative and fictional environments. He works fiction as a material in its own right by intertwining writing, photography, installation and video.
After studying at Hunter College in New York and ENS Louis-Lumière, he graduated from the Beaux-Arts de Paris in 2017. In 2019, he participates in the 64th Salon de Montrouge and various group exhibitions. He is currently in residence at the Cité Internationale des Arts. Adrien van Melle is also a publisher and curator. Together with Sébastien Souchon, he founded the Éditions extensibles, which publishes artists' writings and has an exhibition space associated with it, AU LIEU Éditions extensibles, in Paris.
His work is represented by the Florence Loewy gallery in which he presents a solo exhibition until October 31, 2020. For more information: www.adrienvanmelle.com
Practical information :
from.14 October 2020 to.15 February 2021.
Jean-Jacques Henner museum
43 avenue de Villiers
Open every day except Tuesday and some holidays from 11 am to 6 pm