Contemporary Sculpture Park | Domaine du Muy, Le Muy (Var), France | 16.7.–31.10.2016
with Monica Bonvicini, Claudia Comte
For nearly 30 years, Jean-Gabriel Mitterrand has given pride of place to sculpture in his gallery in the Marais in Paris, just as he has in numerous exhibitions of monumental works of art in public and private spaces throughout the world.

In 2014, Mitterrand and his son Edward dreamed of creating an outdoor sculpture exhibition space. One year later, the Domaine du Muy opened with an art trail of some forty works by contemporary artists from a host of different generations, movements, and schools of practice.  

Situated between Monaco, Marseille, and Aix-en-Provence, near St-Tropez and Nice, the Domaine du Muy is nestled between the Maures and Esterel Massifs. The Esterel’s Mediterranean forest of cork oaks and pines stretches out over several hundred hectares. With its secluded valley, pools, and wild spaces, the Domaine du Muy sets the works in a space of exceptional natural beauty for their presentation each year in the summer. 

The Domaine du Muy lives and evolves through the regular renewal or continuity of its works and projects, some created by resident artists (Claudia Comte, Roman Signer).

Claudia Comte

128 squares and their demonstration, 2015 
Cinder blocks wall, paint
H 118.1 x 236.2 inches

Born in 1983 in Grancy, Switzerland
Lives and works in Berlin, Germany

This mural consists of a green and black geometric grid on a wall measuring 3 x 6 metres. Claudia Comte frequently creates monumental paintings that literally submerge the viewer and the works that surround them in hypnotic patterns. The repetitive rhythms and vibrant colours of these paintings distort with playful frivolity the canon of visual art and Minimalist painting.

Monica Bonvicini

Stonewall, 2006 
Galvanized steel, chains, broken safety glass
H 78.7 x 48.4 x 39.4 inches

Born in 1965 in Venice, Italy
Lives and works in Berlin, Germany   

The Stonewall series was started in 2001, following the riots surrounding the G8 summit in Genoa that year. By combining a metallic barrier and broken glass, this piece draws together a symbol of power – the barriers that hold back the crowds – and the broken windows that result from a violent reaction to it. Beyond this symbolism, Monica Bonvicini accentuates the psychological tension inherent in the materials used in modern architecture.