Echoing the 2010 Garden Festival on the theme of body and soul, the French artists, Anne and Patrick Poirier, are offering eight poetic installations that link nature and memory closely together. Using a very wide variety of materials and media, such as marble and granite, light and sound, they will be presenting their work in the Stables, as well as in the Château
itself and the Grounds of the Domaine. The roundabout in the Stables will thus be transformed into an elegant aviary, a small chapel capella in the clearing will come to life in one of the groves in the grounds and a 3-tonne monumental eye made of marble, The Eye of Forgetfulness will be placed at the bottom of a natural ice-house, a cave open to the skies in the Valley of Mists. Five more works are being created in the Domaines artistic spaces that are both unexpected and very refined.
Trees, symbols of fertility and life that are often under threat, will also be at the heart of the Domaines 2010 programme with the installations of Bob Verschueren, Côme Mosta-Heirt, Benoît Mangin and Marion Laval-Jeantet.
Three spectacular plant installations by the Belgian artist, Bob Verschueren, Reflections, The Plant Kingdom and Opposite To will be presented in the Farm: trees laid one on top of the other in an astonishing way in the foot bath, a giant throne looking the visitor up and down in the Grange aux Abeilles, a meditation on mans destructive passion in the Galerie du Fenil.
Still on the theme of trees, the duo Benoît Mangin and Marion Laval-Jeantet, author of many poetic works with a strong environmental link, will offer Unrooted Trees under the Canopy of the Stables, a tree engraved with strange words and decorated with bicycle wheels, recreated out of branches from Cameroon that were left behind by forestry workers.
At the same time, two young artists, playing with nature, will take the visitor off into their own universe that is both fanciful and surreal. With The Landscape Hand, Marie Denis will create landscapes of braided hay and lucerne, while Karine Bonneval will make unusual extensions of plants, with feathers, pearls and buttons. These Philloplasties will be laid out in a humorous way in the Châteaus exhibition rooms.
This spring, in the field of photography, the Châteaus Galleries will welcome the Landscapes of Syria by Thibaut Cuisset, winner of the 2009 Fine Arts Academy Prize for photography, the photographs of trees and glaciers by Marc Deneyer and the black and white photos by Toshio Shimamura, Spirit of Flowers. Special homage will be paid to Marc Riboud, the great traveller, from September onwards and we will be able to enjoy the delights of his mountains of China, the ruins of Angkor and many other unusual or sublime landscapes.
Finally, it should be noted that, until November 2011, the Château will be hosting the work of Jannis Kounellis, a major figure in the world of Arte Povera, in an area of almost 600 square metres, within the context of a unique commission of the Centre Region for the Domaine de Chaumont-sur-Loire.