Every year Le Bon Marché, the emblematic French store, proposes a contemporary art installation inside the building to homage the founder of the department store, Aristide Boucicaut. Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche has remained passionately committed to the contemporary creation and this year has given carte blanche to the Argentinian artist Leandro Erlich.
The iconic store in Paris will be hosting the “Sous le Ciel” art exhibition, which brings together new creations and pieces which the artist designed in store on the theme of each individual’s relationship with space, the real and the believable.
Following “Er Xi” by Ai Weiwei in 2016 and “Where are we going?” by Chiharu Shiota in 2017, Meet the artist Leandro Erlich, who presents his extremely poetic vision of the Paris sky and talks about his special collaboration with Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche.
“We came up with the idea for the project together with the aim of surprising visitors by giving them a unique experience, in quite an unexpected place. As for the exhibition’s theme and its title, “Sous le Ciel”, it came from my fascination with a city’s sky.”
“For me, every city has a strong relationship with “its” sky. It influences its population, its energy, and its overall atmosphere. A city’s sky changes our perception of it: it can be nostalgic and make us reflect one day, and then it can be happier the next. With this in mind, I designed several pieces, including an installation which has been placed under the glass dome at Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche, as the protagonist in a story in which I reproduce the idea of clouds and the sky.”
“I designed the “Sous le Ciel ” project in response to this everyday life that is reflected in the constant changes above our heads.” Says the artist.