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Casteliers launches a new series of public lectures with its first guests, art historians Gilles Genty and Sabrina Perez.
As they constantly explored new artistic territories and new forms of expression, the modern painters shared a passion, starting in the late nineteenth century, for puppetry arts. From the impressionists to the surrealists, the Italian futurists to the Bauhaus; from Gauguin to Paul Klee… the world of puppetry inspired the plastic art inventions they created along formal, yet simplified lines. Puppetry also allowed the artists to question the body and its role in narration, and to toy with various rhythms rather than holdfast to the traditional wellsprings of iconography. Puppets, ultimately, made it possible to overcome conventions in order to make modern art the daring art form it became.
Fortunato Depero : Mes Ballets Plastiques (1918)
Sabrina Perez graduated from the ICART School of Arts and worked in several galleries in Paris. In 2012, in her role as vice-president of the Association des amis de Georges Lacombe (1868-1916), she helped create the catalogue for the retrospective exhibit of the French sculptor’s works. She has lectured on the visual arts circuit since 2010.
Gilles Genty is an art historian specializing in the Nabis. He was a lecturer at the École du Louvre and former director of the Musée du Petit-Palais de Genève. He has co-curated many international exhibitions, including Le temps des Nabis (Florence and Montréal, 1998), De Caillebotte à Picasso (Paris, Rotterdam and Québec, 2002-2003), De Gauguin aux Nabis, le droit de tout oser (Lodève, 2010) and Toulouse-Lautrec Illustrates the Belle Époque (Montréal, 2016). He is also the author of Pierre Bonnard, dessins inédits (Cercle d’Art, 2006).