AN ARTISTIC CREATION DESIGNED FOR ACKERMAN’S CAVES
You are invited to immerge inside a graphic ocean of delicate and fragile lace that follows the curves of the tufa caves. Straight lines spread into a lively and strong drawing. Our eye, troubled by the immensity of the art piece finds itself attracted to the shapes that slowly appear, a river of poetic fauna full of surprises. A strange water ballet where wings, fins, foam and luminous creatures melt within the stone. This creation made with nails and white thread comes to life when the light hits it. Reminding us of parietal art, Julien Salaud exhibits a spectacular, powerful and poetic piece. This fragile architecture attracts our eye with its unique staging.
Julien Salaud has a rather atypical path, in 2010 he wins the famous Salon de Montrouge prize and seems to be coming out of nowhere. Before that, the 33 year old artist studied the world of contemporary arts, biochemistry, ethnology, and has spent some time living in the tropical forest trying to identify and draw wild animals and illustrating children’s books. His work is the reflexion of his life: unique and unconventional. His piece is mostly focused on animals and both extremely delicate and rough but always beautiful and sensitive. Julien Salaud has done exhibitions before in the Palais de Tokyo, the Quai de Branly museum, the museum of hunting and nature in Paris, but also in Singapore, Seoul, Madrid or Tel Aviv.
LA RÉSIDENCE ACKERMAN + FONTEVRAUD LA SCÈNE
Ackerman and Fontevraud are two renowned institutions of the Loire Valley who support and invest in creative projects that have decided to unite their strengths and will to imagine a unique place of creation: La résidence Ackerman-Fontevraud la scène. Each year a new contemporary artist is able to sublimate the troglodytic heritage of the Ackerman Caves. Before becoming the first prize winner of the residence Ackerman + Fontevraud la scène Julien Salaud used to exhibit in the Palais de Tokyo, the Quai de Branly museum, the museum of hunting and nature in Paris, but also in Singapore, Seoul, Madrid or Tel Aviv. This creator is offering us a hand crafted piece that deploys into a stellar vault: “Fleuve Céleste”!
Epicureanism and the art of living are essential components of the Loire Valley life style since the middle ages. The Ackerman House is a pioneer in the art of wine making and has always had a true passion for promoting the arts as a source of inspiration, emotion and sharing. Since 2011, the Ackerman house exhibits a beautiful and majestic visit called ‘Voyage au centre de la bulle” a.k.a Journey to the center of the bubble. In 2014, Alex Taaz and Yorga used the highest caves in the area to exhibit their monumental and dream like pieces that takes the visitor to another world where creation and heritage collide.