Au-delà

Rituals for a new world

Exhibition from 15 Feb 2023

In 19 days

Free entry, no booking

Monday 11am - 7pm

Tuesday Closed

Wednesday 11am - 7pm

Thursday 11am - 9pm

Friday 11am - 7pm

Saturday 11am - 7pm

Sunday 11am - 7pm

Bringing together more than twenty artists from across different generations, the group exhibition Au-delà transforms Lafayette Anticipations into an initiation journey through works evoking rituals both archaic and contemporary, individual and collective, sacred and pagan; and ceremonies, gestures, objects, sounds and crafts connected to the divine and to the Earth's energy alike.

As the world becomes more detached from the sublime — increasingly wounded and violent, Au-delà proposes a celebration of rituals and languages through which unexpressed and otherwise inexpressible psychic states can be manifested — reaching the level of transcendence and transformation. This exhibition pulls us into a world in constant transformation, in the search of a new collective consciousness and a new unifying force.

Unfolding like a choreographed rite, Au-delà brings together previously unseen, as well as rarely exhibited historical, modern, and contemporary works from the fields of art, music, fashion — offering moments that encourage deep attention and dwelling, moments of invocation, and moments that leave us spellbound. 

→ Journey

Ritualistic and ceremonial sounds and rhythms of Kali Malone's bespoke sound composition pull us into a newly commissioned installation by Bianca Bondi, called Beltane Oracle, which binds elements of occult, alchemy, divination and pagan fertility and purification rituals. Beltane Oracle is brought together with Ana Mendieta's ritualistic earth-body works, alongside a painting by Wifredo Lam and a medieval manuscript by Hildegard von Bingen. Cycladic sculptures evoking a fertility goddess worship, TARWUK’s cosmic vision, Tau Lewis’s tapestry of a celestial body, and Jeanne Vicerial’s sculptures of totemic queens all create an open ended symbol system and a mystical universe. The poetics of spirituality also fill Anna Zemánková's drawings of fantastic flora and the cryptic cosmos of Janina Kraupe-Świderska, while Matthew Angelo Harrison and Christelle Oyiri’s ceremonial objects and masks pose questions around the notion of faith and tradition. 

The second chapter of the Au-delà exhibition explores the essence of transcendence and the cyclical nature of all existence. It questions the modern viewpoint which separates life and death through Ivana Bašić’s sculpture, Kat Lyons’s painting Death of a Comet, Eva Hesse’s final work, Tobias Spichtig’s sculpture and paintings, and Romeo Castelluci’s videos Tragedia Endogonidia.

The third and final chapter deals with the power of the spirit, collective rebirth, and dance. It opens with Korakrit Arunanondchai and Alex Gvojic’s Songs for Living and moves through Alicia Adamerovich’s pictorial forms of transcendence and Michèle Lamy’s totem which calls for a new unifying force.

Curator : Agnes Gryczkowska

Cover image: Korakrit Arunanondchai and Alex Gvojic, Songs for living, 2021 © Korakrit Arunanondchai 2022 Courtesy of the artist; Bangkok CityCity Gallery; Carlos/Ishikawa, London; C L E A R I N G, New York / Brussels; and Kukje Gallery, Seoul

Free entry, no booking

Monday 11am - 7pm

Tuesday Closed

Wednesday 11am - 7pm

Thursday 11am - 9pm

Friday 11am - 7pm

Saturday 11am - 7pm

Sunday 11am - 7pm