Deformis formositas ac formosa deformitas

The animals and humans are bound by the architecture of the hive. It's a fact: the hive is also the scene of contemporary disaster of the collapse of living. Two hives attached as Siamese twins form a single object. It is covered with nearly twenty thousand silver round stickers that reflect light like little mirrors. In fact, the double hive appears as a hologram, deformed forming or formed distorting the surrounding reality, this monstrous reality of living today, perhaps, St Bernard describe in these terms: "Beauties distorted and beautiful deformities" . Nothing, however theological here, it is not a question of 'monstrous' statutory medieval then denounced by the boss of the Cistercians, but our own lives ...

The Hive is the name given to the Parisian building which was the first artist city, founded in the early twentieth century, passing Danzig. Hotbed of artistic activity of the early century, the Hive is then the dating scene, experimentation and tremendous emulation.

Inaugurated in 1902, the building is three stories high. Wearing a roof with several sections and a lantern, it is provided with windows behind which are created dozens of workshops. The Hive is named not only the extraordinary artistic effervescence that prevails, but especially the large number of people are welcomed under his roof. The workshops distributed circularly around the central staircase, could also be treated as alveoli.

Several generations of artists have frequented the place, either as residents or as visitors. In the years before the First World War, we find Fernand Léger, Robert Delaunay, who is interested in the time to cubism and qu'Amedeo Modigliani and Roger de La Fresnaye. Note also the presence of artists from Eastern Europe, such as Marc Chagall, who lived in Paris from 1910 to 1914, but Soutine and his fellow Lithuanian sculptor Jacques Lipchitz. Ossip Zadkine, Henri Laurens and Alexander Archipenko are among the sculptors were listed among the residents. Writers like Max Jacob and Blaise Cendrars also attended the Hive. After World War II, the workshops house the representatives of figurative trend grouped around Rebeyrolle. Hive still hosts visual artists today.

"... Deformis Formositas ac deformitas Formosa" (beautiful deformed beauties and deformities). Bernard of Clairvaux (Saint Bernard), founder of the Cistercian order in the Middle Ages, protested in these terms against the monstrous representation, so that artists see as an end in itself. Bernard and promotes development of statuary toward realism, at the expense of the stimulating influence of bestiaries, he considers devoid of religious meaning. However, this does not prevent to make an accurate inventory of the famous "monsters" (with - probably - some relish ...).

This double hive mirror has a particular meaning in the context of SLICK 2009 If SLICK is "what is becoming resourceful, wriggling and yet remarkably professional (...)" (Harry Bellet, Le Monde, 18 October 2007), these hives are empty and likely to remain. What role the small world of contemporary art he provided the fundamental question of the survival of living matter and diversity of shapes? Dance, dance of pétomanes puppets, deployment of art since the beginning of the twentieth century is not less parallel or inversely proportional to the collapse of biodiversity ... So is this really the mirror here , which is deformed? It is well known that all that glitters is gold ...