Looking forward to 2022
Fabienne Verdier, The Song of the Stars
1 October 2022 – 27 March 2023
A monographic exhibition of the work of Fabienne Verdier specifically created for the Musée Unterlinden
In autumn 2022, the Musée Unterlinden will devote a major monographic exhibition to Fabienne Verdier, based on the artist’s response to its collections and architecture.
Fabienne Verdier was born in Paris in 1962 and studied at the city’s Académie des Beaux-Arts. Since then, engagement with systems of thought deriving from different cultures and eras has constituted a recurrent theme in her career, whilst her creative process has been enriched by hybridisation of knowledge, manifesting itself through various technical inventions.
In Colmar, Fabienne Verdier will invite visitors to discover a new perspective on certain works from the Musée Unterlinden’s collections, for instance by highlighting the importance of the vibrations of light and the energy that emanates from them. In the imposing contemporary nave, designed by the architects Herzog & de Meuron to host temporary exhibitions, the artist will present an original monumental installation linked to the Resurrection panel of the Isenheim altarpiece, offering a new iconographic representation inspired by the colour spectrum and aura of light painted by Grünewald. The installation suggests an approach to the subject of death in which it is no longer represented as something finite, but as the trace of an energy that is transmitted to the living.
The title of the exhibition, “The Song of the Stars”, is a poetic reference to the link between humanity and the cosmos, the vital energy between destruction and expansion, because as Fabienne Verdier says, “we are all stardust”.
Throughout the exhibition, a selection of works by Fabienne Verdier will also echo those chosen from the Musée Unterlinden’s collections, ranging from medieval to modern art.
Due to the current health situation, programming for 2022 may be subject to alterations. We will keep you informed of any changes.