Daniel Pontoreau. Before the landscape
From February 11 to August 20, 2023, Keramis presents Daniel Pontoreau. Before the landscape, a major exhibition dedicated to the French sculptor-ceramist.
© Anthony Girardi
Born in 1947 in Paris, Daniel Pontoreau is one of the most important representatives of French "new ceramics" in the 1970s and 80s.
Relating to a great technicality, the creations of the artist are very often of impressive dimensions and dialogue with the architect.nature or the environment.
Minimalist and materialist, Daniel Pontoreau explores a metaphysical vein where form establishes a dialogue sometimes with matter, sometimes with the cosmos. In addition to ceramics, the artist uses other raw materials such as glass, cast iron or marble, from which he retains their own values.
After numerous exhibitions in France, South Korea, China and Japan, this is the first time that Daniel Pontoreau has presented such an important set of sculptures.
Although the Keramis exhibition is not a retrospective, older pieces are presented alongside more recent pieces.
Daniel Pontoreau. Before the landscape was also built in close collaboration with the artist. Thus, the choice of each sculpture was made according to its ability to dialogue with the singularity of the museum's architecture: its interior and exterior spaces, its curves, its obliques, the color of its concrete, the shades of brick red and the omnipresence of light.
Arrachée blanche, 2016, terracotta, native earth, wood © Michel Leprêtre | Untitled, 1990, sandstone, refractory clay © Michel Leprêtre | Arche noire, 1981, stoneware, porcelain © Paris Musées / Musée d'Art moderne