Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Jean-Michel Othoniel Showcases The Treasures of Saint Pierre Cathedral

THE NEW YORK TIMES
By Claudia Barbieri
One of about 200 liturgical objects and vestments on display. Credit Jean-Michel Othoniel/Othoniel 2016, via ARS, New York, via ADAGP, Paris.
FRANCE---A year after unveiling his “dancing fountains” in the newly reimagined Water Theater Grove at Versailles, the French artist Jean-Michel Othoniel is finishing another piece of spectacular theatricality, this time in the southwestern French town of Angoul√™me. In the remains of a former bell tower and an adjoining deconsecrated chapel in the cathedral of Saint Pierre, Mr. Othoniel has created what he describes as a totally immersive artwork, a three-room grotto in blue, gold and silver that serves as a showcase for about 200 liturgical objects and vestments from the cathedral’s past. [link]

A stained-glass window at the cathedral. Credit Yann Calvez/Othoniel 2016, via ARS, New York, via ADAGP, Paris