Exhibition around works of the painter Franck Longelin. Modern crypt of Notre Dame de la Treille - Lille
24 June - 17 September 2017

Exhibition of 12 contemporary artists around a set of monochromes by the painter Boulonnais Franck Longelin, accompanied by paintings from the Delaine collection, "the Passion of Dunkerque".

*Nicolas Alquin (1958), *Georg Baselitz  (1938), Benloÿ  (1967), Marie-Claude Bugeaud  (1941), Pierre Buraglio  (1939) , Joël Brisse  (1953), *Louis Cane (1943), Frederique Chauveaux  (1956), *Chu teh Chun  (1930-2014), *John Christoforou (1921-2014),  *Robert Combas (1957) , Nicolas Delay  (1977), Thierry Diers  (1954), *Albert Féraud  (1921-2008), *Lucio Fontana (1899-1968), Bernard Gaube  (1952), Bernard Guillot  (1950), Christine Jean  (1957), *Bengt Lindström (1925-2008), *Mimmo Paladino (1948), *Franck Longelin (1956), Yvan Theys  (1936-2005), Erlend Van Landeghem  (1965) et *Andy Warhol  (1928-1987).
                                                                                                                                                            * Collection Gilbert Delaine


A major theme in the history of western art since the Middle Ages, Passion has been unflaggingly dealt with by the artists. What is not so well known is that it was also dealt with all along the 20
th century.


The artists have known how to enlarge a subject which from the very beginning was eminently based upon faith. Of course we find again a few mystics, who have sought for an echo to human condition through the suffering of Jesus of Nazareth, and others who have questioned the deeply iconographic nature of the theme, and that of its visual importance in our visual culture. Others also have known how to capture the henceforth ‘pop’ nature of a type of image which sometimes wavers between cliché and kitsch. In the 21st century, while brotherhood between men is at stake and has never seemed so urgent, the story of a man suffering for his fellowmen can again be used as something to lean on.

The artist who eradicates a part of his privacy in order to give it a shape and to allow the onlooker to mend his soul secretly fits in with that dynamics. Some turn it into an abstract parable, others re-interpret the image, others also, who are not very much attached to the idea of the original sin, see, on the other hand, other breaches of mankind toward his fellowman, such breaches as need to be repaired. If everyone has his own belief or lack of belief, every artist considers his work as a means of positive exchange between men. The idea, here, is to display a creator’s panorama, men and women, coming from all horizons and all generations, and who have tried to reconstruct the souls of their fellow creatures during the lapse of time of a work of art.


Nicolas- Xavier Ferrand