The Cultural Affairs Bureau (IC) proudly presentsthe exhibitionAt the Risk of Colour – Claude Viallat & Franck Chalendard, inviting these two internationally renowned French painters to showcase 41 of their works. Part of the programme of the 26th Macao Arts Festival and Le French May Festival, the exhibition is jointly organized by the Cultural Affairs Bureau, the Consulate General of France in Hong Kong and Macau, the Alliance Française de Macao and the Bernard Ceysson Gallery, and was inaugurated on Thursday 28 May at Tap Seac Gallery, at 6:30pm. President of the Cultural Affairs Bureau of the Macao S.A.R. Government, Ung Vai Meng; Deputy Director of the Department of Education and Culture of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in The Macao S.A.R., Zhang XiaoGuang; Head of the Department of Public Diplomacy and Information of the Office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China in the Macao SAR, Li Nan; Vice-President of the Alliance Française de Macao, Eric Sautedé and Representative of the Gallerie Bernard Ceysson, François Ceysson attended the exhibition.
Claude Viallat was one of the founders of the Supports/Surfaces Movement in France, which since the 1960s has been questioning the traditional structure of paintings by drawing repeated patterns on surfaces without stretchers or frames. His works supersede the limitations of canvas, frame and wall; by painting on all kinds of surfaces, from tents to lose fabrics suspended from ceilings, Viallat creates a new spatial dimension for viewers.
Franck Chalendard expresses his artistic creation principally through paintings. He is good at using repetitive shapes and patterns to create abstract figures, thus exploring new meanings. In his recent works, he paints colour blocks on fabrics with glossy printed patterns, using the emotive power of colours as a pathos-free style to present full chromatic delights.
By presenting At the Risk of Colour – Claude Viallat and Franck Chalendard, from 29 May to 9 August, 2015, IC wishes to share with the public of Macao the rich and varied fruits of French contemporary painting. The Tap Seac Gallery is located at No. 95, Avenida do Conselheiro Ferreira de Almeida, and is open daily from 10am to 9pm. Admission is free.