Georges Poncet — Spiritus

Exhibition

Photography

Georges Poncet
Spiritus

In 20 days: November 13, 2021 → January 22, 2022

As part of the 2021 Photography Month, the gallery is pleased to present Spiritus, the first solo exhibition of the artist Georges Poncet, which is being held from November 13, 2021, to January 22, 2022.

After completing his studies in the fine arts, Georges Poncet chose to focus exclusively on photography, and since the early 1980s has specialized in photographing works of art. For the past 25 years, he has been taking sophisticated pictures of exceptional works from the Louvre museum collection, in particular from the department of Egyptian antiquities. In his work for the Louvre, Poncet has also traveled through history and into the heart of diverse civilizations to evoke such extraordinary moments as the discovery of Coptic art of early Christianity, or the commission to document the tomb of Sennedjem in Luxor. Over time, his unique approach to photography has also been enriched by his exchanges, at times almost daily, with such contemporary artists as Pierre Soulages, Anselm Kiefer and countless others.

The “Spiritus” series embraces the essence of these famous locations by connecting us not only to their history and to time, but also to our own perception and to the authenticity of the moment. In Georges Poncet’s work, photography conjures up both the complex memory of these illustrious places from historic paintings and the foundational sites themselves, captured in a perfect moment, in a perfect light, with a sense of immediacy and presence. The camera becomes more than a documentary tool, welcoming us into a visual dimension, into the substance of reality, as if we, too, were painters or sculptors.

  • Opening Saturday, November 13 3 PM → 7 PM