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Jean-Michel Othoniel builds “The Big Wave”, a piece made by 10.000 bricks of glass

From now through the end of September, two simultaneous exhibitions dedicated to artist Jean-Michel Othoniel are presented at the Centre Régional d’Art Contemporain Occitanie/Pyrénées-Méditerranée (Regional Centre for Contemporary Art), in Sète, France; and  at the Carré Sainte-Anne, contemporary art space in the city of Montpellier.

‘Géométries Amoureuses’ features some sixty sculptures, a dozen paintings and over a hundred works on paper, revealing several aspects of the artist’s multifaceted work.

At ground level, the exhibition begins with a monumental 6-meter-high wave comprising more than ten thousand black glass bricks. Conceived specifically for site, ‘the big wave’ takes its name from the first photograph taken in Sète in 1987 by Gustave Le Gray.

Further rooms of the exhibition seek to thematically reflect the potential violence of natural elements. The subject is abstractly represented by a series of enormous cyclones made from steel, delicately suspended in space, as well as a flower, ‘the wild pansy’ — a gigantic knot of colored-glass pearls paying tribute to the freedom of thought.

Photography by Galerie Perrotin © Marc Domage

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