We are thrilled to be part of the Le Rendez-Vous taking place now in Paris. This event, which started on September 10th and continues until the 18th, includes the collaboration of ten antique stores and galleries. Each of the galleries, including Phoenix Ancient Art, is showcasing an exhibition of its own choosing.
The atmosphere in Saint-Germain-des-Pres is electric as visitors walk through the beautiful tree-lined streets to visit each gallery. The list of participating galleries includes Galerie Bernard Duon, Galerie Monbrison, Vallois, Phoenix Ancient Art, Galerie Georges-Philippe & Nathalie Vallois and others.
At our gallery, we are featuring our exhibition “Mnemosyne: De Chirico and Antiquity.” This dialogue series pairs neoclassical paintings from de Chirico with our ancient marble statues, mosaics and other pieces
For one of our juxtapositions, for instance, we have paired the Combat en Bord de Mer (Combat by the Sea) painting by Giorgio de Chirico with the Black-Figure Amphora. The oil on canvas painting was created in 1928 and signed on the lower right. As do many of his paintings of the time, this de Chirico is meant to show the aesthetic impact Classicism had on twentieth century Modernism. This Neo-classical painting done after his stylistic shift in 1919 shows some of the themes of his work from the 1920s including scenes with gladiators and heroic horses on windswept landscapes and figurative works on philosophers and Greek gods.
The painting is paired with an antique Black-Figure Amphora attributed to the Lysippides Painter. On the first side is a procession of Herakles to Mt. Olympus with Herakles resting his club over his shoulder while accompanied by Athena. The painted details are well-preserved here. On the second side it depicts the warriors in combat with Achilles and Memnon fighting over the body of Antilochos with their mothers nearby.
This juxtaposition of the new with the old shows a unique look at art and the meanings behind the works. This is just one example of the many paintings and antiques that are paired in our current exhibit. We are thrilled to be part of the Le Rendez-Vous and look forward to seeing you here!