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07.06. - 05.07.2016. MICHEL CASTAIGNET "Asphodels""

07.06. - 05.07.2016

Galerija "Māksla XO"

Elizabetes iela 14, Rīga, LV 1010

"Olive Tree" 2015, oil on canvas, 100x100 cm

Michel Castaignet "Asphodels"

The Asphodels is a show made of paintings, video, photos and diary extracts retracing French artist Michel Castaignet’s stay in Sicile in winter 2014–2015.

„I am on the mountain. I’m alone on a rock covered with flowers and the wind blows non-stop.
I have stretched a canvas covering my wall. Every morning I paint a line. I live in a complete asceticism and I wait for my subject to come out.
I have painted many landscapes that I have destroyed. I am looking for something else...
And one morning, the mountain is covered with asphodels.
I pick up some flowers, I cook them and I eat them. In early Greek philosophy, there were two kinds of philosophers, those who need civilisation to feed them and those who could live on Asphodels. I am of the second kind.” Michel Castaignet.

Michel Castaignet’s exhibition “Asphodels” will be accompanied by Agnese Gaile-Irbe’s essay “Mountains and Flowers”. 


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