The Brussels gallery Alice Mogabgab presents a solo exhibition of the French artist Aurélie Salavert (lives and works in Brussels). What ? is the title of Salavert’s fifth solo exhibition in the Belgian capital, and the first at Galerie Alice Mogabgab - Brussels, created in collaboration with Véronique de Bellefroid.
Every painting by Aurélie Salavert, every drawing, gouache, collage or watercolour on paper is a fresh interpretation of the world. If the works take inspiration from multiple pictorial, literary, scientific or popular references, they nonetheless remain unclassifiable on the contemporary art scene. Aurélie Salavert, for her part, does not classify them either – having neither titles nor dates these paintings are moments of wonder at life. And the artist regularly shares these moments on her Instagram account, receiving in return hearts and emojis, signs of amazement and wonder.
Aurélie Salavert is looking for something, at times something different. To our joy she often finds something, and when she doesn’t, we’re happy being lost with her. Her work is an exploration. A long path of simplicity that never approaches naivety. You have to be precise when tracing this path, and so yellow must be YELLOW, a child must be a CHILD, etc. The various scenes, the abstractions, the collages, everything is very real along the route. The only thing that matters is whether or not we believe in this path. The nature of our belief in the images that Aurélie Salavert has marked out here and there.
— Stéphane CALAIS, text for the exhibition Une expédition at the Fondation Ricard, Paris, 2009.
12 May - 29 June 2019
Alice Mogabgab Brussels
Private view Sunday 12 May, 15.00 – 19.00
The exhibition runs until 29 June, Thursday – Saturday, 14.00 – 18.00, and by appointment.