Academia. Qui es-tu?

Academia. Qui es-tu?
Price :  £75.00

Edited by Axel Vervoordt.

Ghent. MER. 2008. Hardback, cloth-backed boards. xxiii, 154 hors-texte plates, 101 pages. 154 full-page colour illustrations depicting the full-catalogue of exhibits and numerous b&w text illustrations. 280 x 225mm (11 x 8"). 1.7kg. 9789076979656. English. Fine; as new (in shrink-wrap).

Catalogue for an exhibition held at La Chapelle de l'Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, curated by the art dealer and interior designer Axel Vervoordt. The eclectic range of artists featured includes Marina Abramovic, Richard Avedon, Louise Bourgeois, Rembrandt Bugatti, Paul Cezanne, Lucio Fontana, Mariano Fortuny, Anish Kapoor, Yves Klein, Piero Manzoni, Isamu Noguchi, Tatsuo Miyajima, Pablo Picasso, Kazuo Shirago, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Cy Twombly, Edouard Vuillard and many more. '"Know Thyself" was the leitmotif on which Plato's illustrious Academy was founded. No command - since it forces upon us the inevitable question "Who are you?" or "Qui es-tu?" - has intrigued humankind more.... Academia: Qui es-tu? examines the dynamical process of artistic creation. The site of the Chapelle de l'Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris is indeed the ideal venue to examine the interplay between inherited academic knowledge accumulated over centuries, education, and subsequent transformation and transmission of that knowledge into a novel artistic creation; for short the cross-fertilization between art and knowledge.' (from the cover). The catalogue is beautifully produced, with generous illustrations and stunning photography of each artwork.