Loris Gréaud. CELLAR DOOR

15/4 2011 — 7/6 2011

For his first solo-show in Austria, Loris Gréaud (*1979 in Eaubonne, France) was busy developing a series of new works to which Sonic Youth’s legendary guitarist Lee Ranaldo has substantially contributed to, and where the perennial cycle CELLAR DOOR will culminate in a glowing close after almost 5 years. CELLAR DOOR is an ambitious artistic endeavour, a contemporary fairy tale involving various interwoven and nevertheless self-contained elements such as an architectural project, an opera, as well as the film “One Thousand Ways To Enter” (2008-11) and the sculpture “The Great Book of Captions” (2011) included in this show. Gréaud’s studio metaphor CELLAR DOOR is a thrilling symbolic room, a projection area of thought and speech that constantly reinvents itself. It stands for collaborative and experimental production, continuous translation between forms and media, and a dynamic process of art appreciation in real time.

Curator: Cathérine Hug

Loris Gréaud is also represented with the sculptural film installation “Bucky, The Intergalactic Draw” (2007–10) from the CELLAR DOOR cycle in the exhibition SPACE. ABOUT A DREAM at KUNSTHALLE wien (MQ, April 1 – August 15, 2011).

This exhibition and the survey publication stated below are supported by the INSTITUT FRANÇAIS – Ministère des Affaires étrangères et européennes, http://www.institutfrancais.com

On the occasion of the exhibition has been published an artist’s edition limited to 100 copies by GREAUDSTUDIO with an essay by Cathérine Hug in association with Gerald Matt. Furthermore GREAUSTUDIO and JRP RINGIER will issue a survey volume of all CELLAR DOOR projects with a comprehensive essay by the French art historian Pascal Rousseau. This volume, forthcoming on the occasion of the project’s conclusion, has been prepared jointly by the ICA (London), the Kunst Halle Sankt Gallen, La Conservera (Murcia), The Pace Gallery (NY), Yvon Lambert (Paris), GREAUDSTUDIO, and KUNSTHALLE wien.

The book will be launched on occasion of the talk with Loris Gréaud, Lionel Bovier and further guests during Art|42|Basel at ArtSalon
Art|42|Basel at Art Salon (Hall 1, Auditorium), June 16, 2011, at 2–2.30 pm.
For additional information please visit http://www.jrp-ringier.com

// Opening: Thursday, April 14, 2011, 7 pm.
The artist is present.
Welcome: Gerald A. Matt; on the exhibition: Cathérine Hug

// Artist’s talk (French/German transl.): Friday, April 15, 2011, 7 pm.
A discussion about art in practice and the CELLAR DOOR project between Loris Gréaud (artist), Jean-Claude Crespy (cultural attache) and Cathérine Hug (curator KUNSTHALLE wien). Venue: Institut français d’Autriche à Vienne, Palais Clam-Gallas, Währinger Strasse 30, 1090 Vienna. www.ifvienne.org