La Décadence at Yvon Lambert
‘Decadence is the grand moment when a civilisation becomes exquisite’, said that old queen Jean Cocteau. Through a prism of politics and social issues leading up to France’s next presidential election in April, the Galerie Yvon Lambert brings together a handful of fine international artists – Gardar Eide Einarsson, Douglas Gordon, Francesco Vezzoli, Cerith Wyn Evans and the Parisian Loris Gréaud – to present new works or earlier pieces which echo the salient words of Marguerite Yourcenar from her 1958 essay ‘Faces of History in the Historia Augusta’: ‘… this atmosphere of inertia and panic, of authoritarianism and of anarchy; those pompous reaffirmations of a great past amid present mediocrity and immediate disorder; those reforms which are merely palliatives and those outbursts of virtue which manifest themselves only in purges; that sensationalism that ends up expediting the worst politics…”
Until Sat 25 Feb.
Galerie Yvon Lambert, 108 rue Vieille du Temple, 3rd. M° Filles du Calvaire. www.yvon-lambert.com