About Jean-Louis Froment
For Jean-Louis Froment, it’s primarily about a perception that’s constantly roving and interrogating memory, art and life. This view is set in motion by the world, and by the question of its relationship to this world, where emotional territories can only be tackled and understood through multiple, sensitive and interrelated approaches.
What’s essential is not to consecrate and authenticate, but to record and transmit the life-breath of a thought and the energy arising from the stuff of reflection and vision traversed by all levels of creation. Jean-Louis Froment is responsible for the creation of the contemporary art museum, CAPC, in Bordeaux, and was its director from 1973 until 1996. He set up this unique and infinity evolving space to promote research, experimentation and to challenge the basic paradox between the museum’s innate historicity and a very mobile and rapidly emerging new culture.
Through rich and unique dialogues shared with such major artists as Simon Hantaï, Mario Merz, Daniel Buren, Richard Serra, Lawrence Weiner, Richard Long, Sol LeWitt and Wolfgang Laib, Jean-Louis Froment has continually summoned artwork to act as a form of resistance and disobedience, in its capacity to oppose blandness and the commonplace.
Jean-Louis Froment has equally curated large international exhibitions stemming from all modern forms of art, and also from architecture, literature, the body in action and fashion. Each displays brilliant flashes of narrative, direction and standpoint which combine, sparking off one another within a poetic experience where discontinuity and unpredictability sustain a forward movement in pace with the times. This delicate exercise of fragmentation is, above all, one of progression and so, of composition, and thus the CULTURE CHANEL exhibitions share a part in writing a language to conciliate the notion of permanence with the imperative of the present, and what’s more, they are ever mindful of being extremely incisive and sound.