Edouard Wolton — Ultima Thulé


Installation, painting, sculpture

Edouard Wolton
Ultima Thulé

Past: March 13 → July 5, 2020

Edouard wolton galerie les filles du calvaire paris exposition 111 1 grid Edouard Wolton — Interview Dans son exposition Ultima Thulé à la galerie Les filles du calvaire, Edouard Wolton réussit cette prouesse, à travers la grammaire de la peinture, d’accorder les deux langues de la rationalité et de la mythologie. Suspendue prématurément en ce début de printemps 2020, nous vous proposons de la redécouvrir en images aux côtés de son auteur.

Thought as a total space, Ultima Thule can be seen as a mental journey into the limits of perception and the rational world. The title refers to a mythological island described by the explorer Pythéas in the 4th century BC and presented as the last of the British archipelago, the most northerly point. Source of fantasies, Thule appears as an invitation to travel which, by its extreme mythical position, symbolizes an unsurpassable absolute, close to the idea of the end of the Earth. These metaphorical limits impose themselves on Wolton’s work as many possible orientations. He sets up his own algorithm of shapes, materials, colors, and proportions — and by extension ensures his artistic freedom.

From studies on mathematical forms inspired by the golden ratio (divine proportion), through alchemy or science fiction, Edouard Wolton gives us hallucinated visions of allegorical landscapes. It offers a crossing of iconographic universes with multiple sources, where rationalist and naturalist traditions coexist. Like an odyssey of look and thought, the spectator is invited to project himself into a space where the sciences fade away in favor of the imagination and poetry. Reality then slowly seems to slide towards the dream, like the possibility of crossing Alice’s mirror.

Edouard Wolton
  • Opening Thursday, March 12, 2020 6 PM → 9 PM

    During the opening of Ultima Thule, “Φ”, an artist’s book produced in collaboration with Léa Bismuth, will be presented. Published in serigraphy by the artist, this book conceived as a 4 hands work, offers a dialogue between Bismuth and Wolton around source images and unpublished texts which accompany the reader on a new initiatory journey.

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17, rue des Filles-du-calvaire

75003 Paris

T. 01 42 74 47 05 — F. 01 42 74 47 06


Filles du Calvaire

Opening hours

Tuesday – Saturday, 11 AM – 6:30 PM
Please note that the gallery will observe its usual hours from May 11 to May 16, then from May 18 it will open Thursday — Saturday 11 AM to 6:30 PM

The artist

  • Édouard Wolton