Xippas Gallery:Denis Savary

Denis Savary Untitled, 2013 graphite on paper 100 x 70 cm

Denis Savary
Untitled, 2013
graphite on paper
100 x 70 cm

Sept. 12 – Nov. 2, 2013

After Paris in 2007 and 2011 and Athens in 2008, the Xippas Gallery in Geneva will present a personal exhibition of Denis Savary’s novel pieces. The show will feature sculptures, drawings and videos. Since his outset as an artist, Denis Savary has regularly used these last two techniques as heart of his work. Savary’s box of 500 drawings, shown in 2006 during his Belvedere exhibit in Circuit (Lausanne) and the vast space used for his Mamco exhibition (Geneva) have left a strong impression. During the Narrenshiff exhibition at the Centre PasquArt (Biel) in 2010, the public discovered a vast series of the artist’s films. More recently, a selection of his motion pictures was projected at the Centre Georges Pompidou during the Hors Pistes festival.
In Geneva, Denis Savary will focus on three videos including a Venice night ride in a vaporetto, a film where one can indistinctly hear a man’s voice on the phone, interrupted by the occasional chug of the boat. Another video will stage a half-dozen harnessed harlequins playing the drums and forming a real human movement that reminds one of AlexanderCalder’s mobiles. Just like this last video, all of Denis Savary’s pieces produce a floating or imbalanced effect that one could already sense during his Baltic monographic exhibition at the Kunsthalle in Bern in 2012. Among others, a new doll that was inspired by a study of Fernando Botero depicting the Camera Degli Sposi by Andrea Mantegna will be presented at the gallery. Parallel to the Xippas Gallery exhibition, Denis Savary will present his work at the art center Art3 in Valence (France), during a monographic exhibition called Etrusques, as well as at The Cyclop, created by Jean Tinguely in Milly-la-Forêt (France) where he will namely show a contemporary version of the Ursonate, by Kurt Schwitters, sung here by starlings.


Opening: Thursday, September 12, 2013, 18:00 – 21:00 in the
presence of the artist


Xippas Art Contemporain
Rue des Sablons 6, CH-1205 Genève
T +41 (0)22 321 94 14 • F +41 (0)22 321 94 17
Opening hours: Tue – Fri 14:00 – 19:00, Sat 12:00 – 17:00
and by appointment

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