Musée de la Vieille-Charité, Marseille (FR)   18 October 2019 - 24 February 2020

Par Hasard

From the stain to the pure line, from automatism to mathematics, the exhibition Par hasard (“By Chance”) presents a chronological typology of chance as a creative process through the most important currents and artists from the second half of the 19th century to the present day. Organised chronologically, the show at the Centre de la Vieille Charité brings to light various techniques with which artists experimented from 1850 to 1980.

Curators : Xavier Rey, Guillaume Theulière

Unlike art education, the intervention of chance in a work’s creative process frees the artist from the rules of representation. The accidental, the random, the lucky find, involuntary sculptures, drips and compressions give rise to a repertory of free forms whose gestural incertitude generates the sublime. Substituting itself for the incarnation of God, trembling uncertainty developed into one of the symptomatic components of modernity. This magic of the random even became the subject of an ideal and brilliant oeuvre, painted without rational intervention.

Work on loan