Galerie Chantal Crousel Paris presents the exhibition "Je suis la chaise" from December 10, 2022 to February 4, 2023.
The exhibition Je suis la chaise, which borrows the title of Michael Krebber’s namesake show at Galerie Chantal Crousel in 2007, investigates the various symbolism and interpretations offered to this basic and everyday object. Various artists consider the chair as a shape to be demolished or recreated, as an extension of the human body, or even as a social allegory.
Since its inception in ancient Egypt, the chair’s primary role has been to signify the rank and power of its occupant and owner. This metaphorical root can be found in the etymology of the 13th-century French word chaiere, which meaning chair, seat, or throne. A chair is an embodied object: when it is empty, it represents absence; when it is utilized, it becomes one with the body it supports. It is also, like a halt in time, an invitation to silence, to individual or community thought. This show seeks to examine the shape, function, and symbolism of the chair, challenging us to reconsider it through the artists’ frequently irreverent or highly symbolic interpretations.
With Allora & Calzadilla, Abraham Cruzvillegas, BLESS, David Douard, Francisco de Goya, Wade Guyton, Mona Hatoum, Thomas Hirschhorn, Klara Lidén, René Magritte, Jean-Luc Moulène, Ken Okiishi, Rick Owens & Michèle Lamy, Hamish Pearch, Anri Sala, Wolfgang Tillmans, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Oscar Tuazon and Heimo Zobernig.