'An important part of my life designing installations, spaces and experiences is actually spent putting out fires! I thought it was time to celebrate that fire…and help put the Art World on fire too! So I chose to show only burnt art and art relating to fire from the fantastic Gmurzynska collection, and create for these an environment that is pop and thematic, inspired by the beautiful look of fire stations, as a boy dreaming of them, pop and joyful, yet modern, minimal and fairly neutral, to enhance the viewing of such important art. It is made of traditional industrial materials, lacquered diamond steel plates and fire extinguishers, but reinterpreted to serve their new purpose in a luxurious manner.' –Alexandre de Betak
Having presented a Karl Lagerfeld designed booth in 2011 at FIAC, Galerie Gmurzynska is proud to announce its return to the fair with a visionary installation by French designer, scenographer and creative director Alexandre de Betak.
Alexandre de Betak has created shows for fashion’s most renowned designers such as Dior, Celine, Hermès, Calvin Klein… Moreover, he is known for various collaborations with important museums, among others the MOCA in Los Angeles and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris.
Since its discovery, fire has been the propelling force of innovation, civilization and ultimately cultural advancement. Artists throughout the history of art have been drawn to its ethereal power to destroy, create, cleanse and illuminate.
The survey exhibition On Fire will include a diverse list of artists using or depicting fire in all forms throughout the 20th Century, from Joan Miró to Otto Piene, Yves Klein, Alberto Burri, Roberto Matta up to Tom Wesselmann and others. A booklet with an introduction by Germano Celant will be accompanying the exhibition.
Avenue Winston Churchill
Wednesday , October 17th (invitation only)
Thursday, October 18th: 11h-14h (VIP Preview)
Thursday, October 18th: 2pm-8pm
Friday, October 19th: from noon to 8pm
Saturday, October 20th & Sunday, October 21st: from noon to 7pm
Friday October 19th, Saturday October 20th, Sunday October 21st: 11am-noon (VIP Preview)