A hybrid initiative combining photography, architecture, and music, Contemplation will come alive at the Rencontres d’Arles, with the goal of making art a gateway towards certain fundamental values of our time: serenity, altruism, responsibility to living things… Contemplation is an exhibition of the photographs of the renowned philosopher Matthieu Ricard: a composition of forty exclusive works, in black and white and in large format, printed on Awagami paper, produced using a Japanese technique 1,400 years old. Bearing witness to fifty years of a life dedicated to spirituality, particularly those spent in the Himalayas, these images are presented at Arles in an extraordinary setting specially designed for the occasion: a bamboo pavilion conceived by Colombia based team of architects Simón Vélez and Stefana Simic. Renowned particularly for his participation in the 2016 Venice Biennale, Simón Vélez designed for Contemplation a unique and monumental structure of 1,000 m2 on the banks of the Rhône, facing the Old City of Arles. This “place of serenity,” inviting contemplation and inner peace, becomes a corridor, a bridge, between the arts and the commitment of Matthieu Ricard.
Organized as part of the MP2018, Quel Amour! Festival.
1, Quai de la Gare maritime Arles, France 13200
July 02, 2018 to September 23, 2018