Galerie Perrotin presents “Chronochrome,” a double exhibition dedicated to Jesús Rafael Soto (1923-2005), held simultaneously in its Paris and New York spaces. Organised in collaboration with the artist’s estate and curated by Matthieu Poirier, the exhibition will present some sixty works from his estate or from institutions, made between 1957 and 2003. This two-part exhibition continues the current international rediscovery of Soto, which is illustrated by the recent retrospective at the Musée National d’Art Moderne – Centre Pompidou (2013), and by his inclusion in “Dynamo. A Century of Light and Movement in Art. 1913-2013” at Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais (2013), as well as in the current “ZERO: Countdown to Tomorrow, 1950s–60s” at the Guggenheim Museum in New York, in the Frank Lloyd Wright building where Soto had a major retrospective back in 1974.
For Soto, colour is experienced in and for itself only in the real time and space of perception. The term “chronochrome” is used less in its original sense (it was a process for making colour films, invented in 1912) than to describe the kinetic exploration of the monochrome. Soto was a close friend of Yves Klein, but in Soto’s work, pure colour leaves the stable support of the surface in order to become a vibratory phenomenon.
Paris – 76 rue de Turenne, 75003 PARIS, January 10 – February 28 2015
New York – 909 Madison Avenue, NY 10021 January 15 – February 21, 2015
Thursday February 5 – Sunday May 10 2015 / Vernissage: Wednesday February 5, 6pm
image credit: Doble progresión azul y negra’, 1975. Photography by Livia Saavedra.