Sables brûlants (Burning sands) at La Grande Place, Musée du Cristal Saint-Louis, France, through December 13, 2021

The Fondation d’entreprise Hermès presents the group exhibition Sables brûlants (Burning sands), featuring eight visual artists who have participated in the Foundation’s programme of residencies at the Cristallerie Saint-Louis between 2010 and 2019. The exhibition runs from May 19, 2021 to December 13, 2021, at La Grande Place, Musée du Cristal Saint-Louis.

“The exhibition Sables brûlants at La Grande Place, Musée du Cristal Saint-Louis, brings together the works produced in this unusual and exceptional setting. Surrounded by the mountains and primal forests of the Vosges that frame the Cristallerie, and plunged into the unique atmosphere of the foundry and workshops, the artists find themselves in a world apart where they are free to explore new creative directions. Works created by the artists in situ draw on wide-ranging experiments with the medium of crystal – its infinite possibilities, its vocabulary, and its limitations – and address their individual fascinations and themes of choice: the mystery of time (Atsunobu Kohira), light in its different states (DH McNabb), the history of art (Emmanuel Régent), ecology and science fiction (Guillaume Dénervaud), matter and space (Lucia Bru), the inherent defence in the female body (Marie-Anne Franqueville), the perception and materialisation of sound (Oliver Beer) and the geological history of matter (Olivier Sévère).” — Excerpt from text by Gaël Charbau, curator of exhibition

Oliver Beer, Artists’ Residencies 2012

Oliver Beer, Silence is Golden, 2012, courtesy of the artist © Tadzio / Fondation d’entreprise Hermès
Oliver Beer, Outside-in, 2012, courtesy of the artist © Tadzio / Fondation d’entreprise Hermès

Lucia Bru , Artists’ Residencies 2016

Lucia Bru, (aérocubes), 2016, courtesy of the artist © Tadzio / Fondation d’entreprise Hermès
Lucia Bru, (movidas), 2016, courtesy of the artist © Tadzio / Fondation d’entreprise Hermès

Guillaume Dénervaud, Artists’ Residencies 2019

Guillaume Dénervaud, STRATA, 2019, courtesy of the artist © Tadzio / Fondation d’entreprise Hermès
Guillaume Dénervaud, STRATA, 2019, courtesy of the artist © Tadzio / Fondation d’entreprise Hermès

Marie-Anne Franqueville, Artists’ Residencies 2013

Marie-Anne Franqueville, Presque innocente, 2013, courtesy of the artist © Tadzio / Fondation d’entreprise Hermès
Marie-Anne Franqueville, Presque innocente, 2013, courtesy of the artist © Tadzio / Fondation d’entreprise Hermès

Atsunobu Kohira, Artists’ Residencies 2011

Atsunobu Kohira, Instrument pour Saint-Louis, 2011, courtesy of the artist © Tadzio / Fondation d’entreprise Hermès
Atsunobu Kohira, Instrument pour Saint-Louis, 2011, courtesy of the artist © Tadzio / Fondation d’entreprise Hermès

DH McNabb, Artists’ Residencies 2015

DH McNabb, Prism(s) after J. G. Ballard’s The Crystal World et Spherical Horizon(s), 2015, courtesy of the artist © Tadzio / Fondation d’entreprise Hermès
DH McNabb, The Heart(h) of Saint-Louis, 2015, courtesy of the artist © Tadzio / Fondation d’entreprise Hermès

Emmanuel Régent, Artists’ Residencies 2018

Emmanuel Régent, Himmelsturz, 2018, courtesy of the artist © Tadzio / Fondation d’entreprise Hermès
Emmanuel Régent, The Wreck of Hope (The Sea of Ice), 2018, courtesy of the artist © Tadzio / Fondation d’entreprise Hermès

Olivier Sévère, Artists’ Residencies 2010

Olivier Sévère, De rien ne se crée rien, 2010, courtesy of the artist © Tadzio / Fondation d’entreprise Hermès
Olivier Sévère, De rien ne se crée rien, 2010, courtesy of the artist © Tadzio / Fondation d’entreprise Hermès

Cover image: Working with molten crystal at the Cristallerie Saint-Louis, 2016 © Tadzio.

Images courtesy Fondation d’entreprise Hermès.