Institutional Exhibitions
September 30 2022

Monumental group of paintings by Fabienne Verdier go on show at Musée Unterlinden in Colmar, France

Three years in the making, the exhibition represents a major new development in her practice
This autumn, Musée Unterlinden in Colmar, France, is showing an
exhibition of new paintings by Fabienne Verdier that represent a major
new development in her practice.

In preparation for this new series, Verdier responded to the museum’s
collections, in particular the depiction of the Resurrection in
Matthias Grünewald’s Isenheim Altarpiece – which has undergone major
renovation by the museum – focussing on the aura of light emanating
from Christ who rises up against a starry night sky.

Over a period of nearly three years, Fabienne Verdier has created a
monumental group of seventy-six paintings which are shown here in a
room-scale installation entitled “Rainbows”. At the end of the
contemporary nave, visitors are faced with a vast Vortex painting, in
which the white vortex motif created with Verdier's signature brush
contrasts with the painting’s midnight blue background. As in
Grünewald’s work, it evokes the connection between earth and the
skies, the movement of ascension and the dissolution of matter. The
whole installation takes the form of a total artwork creating an
immersive experience for the public.

Integrated with the museum's main collection are further recent
paintings by Verdier, which play on correspondences of forms, rhythms,
colours, compositions or subjects of works by artists such as Martin
Schongauer, Lucas Cranach, Jean-Jacques Henner, Serge Poliakoff, Jean
Dubuffet and Georg Baselitz. These visual dialogues encourage a fresh
look at the existing displays at the museum.

The title of the exhibition, “The Song of the Stars”, is a poetic
reference to the link between humanity and the cosmos.