ARTUNER is proud to announce that works by Paul Kneale will be featured in ‘Peindre la Nuit’, a group exhibition at Centre Pompidou Metz, opening October 2018.

The exhibition explores the theme of the “night”, through the eyes of Post-War and contemporary artists who have been inspired by this magical, sensual, and mysterious time.

Here, we translated the original Press Release from Centre Pompidou Metz into English:

The night has always been a major source of inspiration in the history of art, and continues to fascinate 20th century and contemporary artists. Today, it remains a field of prolific experiences. If the proposition may initially seem contradictory, “peindre la nuit” (painting the night) is, in fact, very rich in meaning.

In 1888, Vincent Van Gogh wrote: “I often think that the night is more alive and more richly coloured than the day.” This statement is truer than ever for two reasons in particular: firstly, because the night has never been pitch black, and even less so since the upheavals brought by public lighting and electricity. Secondly, because night time allows both physically and symbolically a “detachment from the world” which is so dear to modernity. The twilight moment could, in fact, be the perfect metaphor for the volatile line between figuration and abstraction.

Using a perceptual approach rather than an iconographic one, this exhibit is conceptualised as a nocturnal experience; an evening stroll that utterly transforms the viewer into a temporary night owl.

The title self-consciously contains an ambiguous meaning: in French, peindre la nuit, to paint the night, means to either represent the night, or to paint at night. To paint the darkness or to paint in the dark is to make a choice: either to refine one’s outer vision or to abandon it.

The exhibit trajectory is set up as a journey that follows the evolution of our senses and our perceptions at night time. After the undecided twilight, we lose ourselves in the darkness’ impervious intensity. Our eyes then adjust, and the forms before us are refined, colours begin to appear, phenomenons come to light, and culminate to opening new inner worlds.

The viewer then advances through the exhibit in a similar capacity that one does through the night’s darkness. How has painting developed its own means to communicate an altered perception of the world? How can one capture and restranscribe the richness and magnitude of the nocturnal feeling and atmosphere? What does it say about our current place in the universe?

In line with the spirit of the exhibitions at the Centre Pompidou-Metz, ‘Peindre la nuit’ is not exclusively limited to painting (though it is central), but it finds resonance and parallels with with music and literature in particular, as well as with video and photography. It will bring together historical figures (Winslow Homer, Francis Bacon, Anna-Eva Bergman, Louise Bourgeois, Brassaï, Helen Frankenthaler, Paul Klee, Lee Krasner, Henry Michaux, Joan Mitchell, Amédée Ozenfant …) but also contemporary artists (Etel Adnan, Charbel-Joseph Boutros, Peter Doig, Jennifer Douzenel, Rodney Graham, Martin Kippenberger, Paul Kneale, Olaf Nicolai, Gerhard Richter …) as well as spectacular installations (Harold Ancart, Spencer Finch, Daisuke Yokota, Navid Nuur …).

For more information, please visit the Centre Pompidou Metz website.


Artworks in this exhibition