Throughout 2019, “Siècle Soulages” under the aegis of Rodez agglomeration and the City of Rodez, will be rounding up different regional cultural stakeholders to pay tribute to the life and work of Pierre Soulages, a source of inspiration for artists across the generations, celebrating his 100th birthday on 24 December 2019.
The Soulages Museum obviously spearheads this programme and features in its line-up, the Miguel Chevalier, Pixels Noir Lumière 2019 exhibition from 20 April to 26 May 2019.
In honour of Pierre Soulages, Miguel Chevalier respectfully takes over the temporary exhibition room of the Eponymous Museum and highlights his admiration for this iconic artist with such an innovative and radical artistic approach, firmly leaving his stamp on the history of art in the second half of the 20th century.
Hence the bold arrival of digital art at the Soulages Museum. Some may be surprised by the choice of an artist representing a seemingly very contemporary, 21st century art form to celebrate the hundredth birthday of Pierre Soulages, resolutely a painter, using a wide range of self-invented tools, far removed from the virtual creations of computers, interfaces and networks used by Miguel Chevalier.
However, when you look at the question up close, this alliance could well become clear. Let’s start by pointing out that since the early 1980s, MiguelChevalier has developed an artistic approach using the computer asmain medium but in a constant dialogue with painting and light. He explores and experiments a new pictorial language where the pixel becomes the equivalent of the pictorial representation. The artist has never concealed his interest in the 1950s abstract paintings of Pierre Soulages, Jackson Pollock and Sam Francis. In homage to these artists, he notably developed the “electronic dripping1” technique following on from “action painting2”, made apparent in the Pixels liquides installation. Leaving the relationship of the painting, the spectator is no longer part of the canvas but the screen space (13.40 m x 7.80 m).