To mark the thirtieth anniversary of the installation of the monumental sculpture Site transitoire in the Crete region of Siena, the Site transitoire association, in homage to Jean-Paul Philippe and his creations, has invited photographer Alessandro Griccioli to follow the artist’s activities over the course of a year’s work.
Alessandro Griccioli has been photographing the Site transitoire and its events for several years, and with this new exhibition he adds a new page to this exchange with Jean-Paul Philippe by relating him to his own poetic space.
The photographs present the artist in the territories of his art, from the travertine quarries of Rapolano where he created the monument “Résonances”, a sculpture in dialogue with the Site transitoire, installed at La Roque d’Anthéron in Provence, to the intimate world of his workshops “La Bottega di Jean-Paul Philippe” in Asciano and “Évidence”, the house in Paris, recently inaugurated.
The photographs, in black and white only, recount and reinterpret these places of the artist’s, as well as the Jeanne Bucher Jaeger gallery in Paris during the “Archéologie intérieure” exhibition, where Alessandro Griccioli reveals surprising images of reflections and composes effects of the artist’s insertion when he observes a video of his monuments installed around the world.
The result is a new work, a demanding composition that emphasizes the founding gestures of Jean-Paul Philippe’s art, such as the plumb line, and reveals the details of the hands that engrave the stone.
The photography exhibition “Jean-Paul Philippe, poète de l’espace”, after having been installed in Asciano, moves to France, to Silvacane Abbey in Provence, next to which Jean-Paul Philippe created the twin sculpture of “Site transitoire”, called Résonance.
Opening on October 7, 2023
-11am: opening of the “Jean-Paul Philippe poète de l’espace” exhibition at Silvacane Abbey and presentation of the book Jean-Paul Philippe, poète de l’espace, photographs by Alessandro Griccioli, published by Sillabe.
-3pm: meeting with Jean-Paul Philippe on the Résonances site, Parc des Adrechs
-5pm: screening of the documentary “Verso il Sole” by Ruxandra Pilsiu on the making of Résonances, salle des fêtes M. Pagnol
Exhibition curator: Alessandra REY