View of the exhibition Patrick Vilaire, Réflexion sur la mort, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, 1997. © Patrick Vilaire. Photo © J.P Godeaut.
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Exhibition overview

Patrick Vilaire presents seven monumental sculptures. The magic number seven, highly symbolic in many religions, as well as being a key feature of art classical proportions. Seven works with a single, vast subject: death.

Artists and contributors of the exhibition:
  • Patrick Vilaire

The exhibition in detail

Patrick Vilaire, a contemporary artist who works with iron (and therefore fire), lives and works in Haiti, a land that even today relies on the voodoo religion (worship of ancestors and the dead) to resist measures imposed by whites during the days of slavery. Patrick Vilaire takes obvious tactile pleasure in working with the material of iron, he does not indulge in easy seductiveness—the color is raw, the angles sharp and cutting. The chairs, tables, and sarcophagi that populate this exhibition are all instruments in the rites of death. But the true protagonist of the show is neither macabre nor morbid, for it is mankind itself.

Image gallery

View of the exhibition Patrick Vilaire, Réflexion sur la mort, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, 1997

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© Patrick Vilaire

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© J.P Godeaut

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View of the exhibition Patrick Vilaire, Réflexion sur la mort, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, 1997

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© Patrick Vilaire

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© J.P Godeaut

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View of the exhibition Patrick Vilaire, Réflexion sur la mort, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, 1997

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