ENTREZ EN MATIÈRE | Patrick Roger’s First Exhibition At Christie’s Paris
From 12th To 27th January 2017
Winner of the prestigious “Meilleur Ouvrier de France chocolatier” award in 2000, Patrick Roger is devoted to the cause of taste, the refinement of flavor, the association of textures and the aesthetics of his creations. His quest for perfection has produced intense and extravagant chocolates with exhilarating aromas, and true works of art with his unique chocolate sculptures, some of which have been cast in bronze.
From the 12th to th 27th of January 2017, Christie’s will present about fifty artworks realised by Patrick Roger, in which poetry will take the visitor throughout the exhibition. The chocolate sculptures made by the “Meilleur Ouvrier de France – Chocolatier” in 2000 have gradually given rise to bronze, aluminum and silver sculptures. The famous designer has managed to capture the perfect aesthetic of these figures with remarkable execution: Infinitely small or of monumental size, Patrick Roger’s sculptures are called Gossip, Gérard, Sexy, François or Pebble. The most impressive piece by its size (7,80m x 2,40m) and by its weight (2 tons) is with no doubt the Hippos, a magnificent aluminum group realised in 2012.
In Patrick’s own words: I entered Art as we enter in art. Well beyond the form, it is to transform, to give life, to carry the material by the gesture’s extremity to the resurgence of a fascinating humanity. Christie’s Paris is an international artistic scene and the obvious place to install an unusual tour, which will gather about fifty of my sculptures as a snapshot.
Patrick’s latest book “La Sculpture a du Gout” will also be available to purchase at the exhibition. This beautifully bound book, imagined and designed by Patrick himself, retraces nearly 15 years of sculpture as he demonstrates that there’s only a short step between the art of taste and the taste for art. With a preface written by Catherine Chevillot, director of Musée Rodin, «La Sculpture a du gout» collates over 150 sculptures in photos taken by Michel Labelle, Hughes Dubois and Laurent Dupont. JeanMarc Dimanche introduces Patrick Roger’s sculptures and his intimacy with the material, from moulding processes to melting bronze or aluminium.