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Jacques Martinez


After his last exhibition in 2019, Jacques Martinez returned to Venice to present his most recent works during the 59th Art Biennale. In this double geographic dimension, Ticino - an area very close, lived by the artist, becoming a point of landscapes - develops the work of Jacques Martinez in an exhibition that wants to create a participatory choreography between works and visitors:

" ‘Season’, saison, because it conveys both the idea of time passing and time which we must fight against.
‘Ticino’, because that's where I currently live and where I believe I will die, as late as possible! Ticino is practically at the centre of those southern European lands that I feel I belong to. From Vienna to Lisbon, from Compostela to Palermo.

Through my stains and colours, one can perceive if not exactly landscapes, at least ideas, feelings, landscape impressions.

‘Paper’, lightness, because although already since 2017, I like to be in Venice during the Biennale period, at the same time I like to keep a certain distance from the more official things.

I would like to try to set up my work in a light disorder, and let the gaze of those who want to visit us dance. Yes, dance. I would like the gestures, the movements of the visitors to be in tune with this dance. I would like this installation to invite both walking and choreography. I want to see dancing souls in front of my drawings."

Selected shows

2022, Stagione Ticinese. Papiers de Paysages, SPARC* Spazio Arte Contemporanea, Venice, Italy
2020, Art Paris fair, Grand Palais, Paris, France
2019, Maze - A Venetian Way, SPARC* Spazio Arte Contemporanea, Venice, Italy
2017, Atelier Ephémère, SPARC* Spazio Arte Contemporanea, Venice, Italy
2016, Ghiribizzi, Galerie des Ponchettes, Nice, France
1999, Jacques Martinez: peinture, sculpture, dessin, MAMAC - Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art contemporain, Nice, France

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