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"From chaos to harmony” off exhibition of the Venice Art Biennale 2022

"From chaos to harmony” off exhibition of the Venice Art Biennale 2022

“From Chaos to Harmony” / Exhibition off – Vernice Art Biennale 2022

The first exhibition of SUMUS, the Venetian headquarters of the cultural foundation created by Hélène Molinari in 2020, opens on 8 April 2022 at the Fucina del Futuro: “From Chaos to Harmony”.

Open to the public from 9 April until 17 July, “From Chaos to Harmony” intends to explore the transformative potential of art thanks to the awakening of consciences through the works of three international artists : VAL – Valérie Goutard, Sébastien Lilli and Brigitte Moreau Serre.

The exhibition is based on the rich symbology behind the number 7: it evokes the progressive scale, the degrees of consciousness, the 7 skies (in Islam and in Christianity) and the 7 stages of the journey of initiation. As science and quantum physics remind us, the universe is also not limited to the four dimensions we know and live our daily life in, but also includes 7 dimensions that carry energy and information.

The three artists in the show will offer us three different and complementary illustrations that address the heart, mind and body in which the number 7 recurs : VAL – Valérie Goutard with her avant-garde sculpture in 7 sections entitled “From Chaos to Wisdom”; Sébastien Lilli with 7 videos extracted from his saga “From Chaos to Harmony”; and finally Brigitte Moreau Serre with her 7 sensory experiments.

Val’s sculpture is the 1:5 scale version of her masterpiece “From Chaos to Wisdom” that Val sculpted before embarking on the challenge of enlarging this monumental sculpture up to a length of 36 meters – being installed on a hill overlooking the city of Taichung in Taiwan and becoming one of the largest contemporary bronze sculptures in the world.

Val describes the inner and philosophical journey that an individual must take to move from the chaos of his subconscious to the wisdom of the state of consciousness through seven scenes :

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La Fête festival in Bangkok in May 2014

La Fête festival in Bangkok in May 2014

Text of Val about her new Bangkok studio (May 2013)

These two open house days celebrate ten years of hard work, ten years of intense life, ten years of continuous learning, marked by joys, sorrows, difficulties, encouragements, doubts but still carried by the deep conviction to be where I should in this exploration and personal adventure, daring to follow my own direction freely.

My workspace is usually jealously protected, a space of inner concentration, of physical work, of reflection, of effort. To create, I listen, I look, I take time, I feel every move, I move slowly and surely according to the rhythm I feel. The workshop, this protected space sheltered from the roughness of the outside world, is essential for me to make buried emotions vibrate and resonate and to tame them with my hands.

Only the constraints of rigorous and regular work allow me to reach the necessary concentration to identify and capture all the images that arise, these elusive sensations, these snapshots I will try to transform into sculpture. [ + ]