Hosted by Palais de Tokyo, Versailles Gardens
Voyage D'Hiver22 October 2017 – 07 January 2018
The work of Jean-Marie Appriou is a constant to-and-fro between study and studio
creation. Appriou draws inspiration from materials and how they behave to build
a symbolic and narrative framework. Despite the expertise gained in producing his
works, the artist favours experimentation, testing unconventional methods. His
sculptures tell stories : born from cultural references and manifest as objects to which
an examination and transformation of their innate materials is added.
OBEL ISK GROVE
The obelisk refers to a hydraulic effect created by over 200 water jets surrounded by
a crown of lead reeds in the centre of the pool. The water from this octagonal pool
pours out through four waterfalls into an outlying canal, surrounded by a lawn. This
whole arrangement dates from 1705-1706.
HIVER, AUTOMNE, PRINTEMPS, ÉT É
The works presented in the Obelisk Grove are inspired by the tradition of ornamental
urns and the terms that give rhythm to the dramaturgy of the gardens. Each one
symbolises a single season and element, faithful to the idea of a world governed by
an unalterable natural order in a constant state of renewal. The grove opens with
the figure of the swan representing the themes of both Autumn and water. To the
right and left stand the torsos of two women whose hair is adorned with decorative
ornaments : Summer on one side, with sheaves of wheat and grains ; and Spring on
the other, with her buds, blossoms, and butterflies. One reminds us of the harvest,
the other symbolises fertility. These iconographic associations finally come together
in Winter and the earth, represented by a mole popping out of the ground.