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Anima Mundi. Installations by Anne and Patrick Poirier.

60 min visit

Le Thoronet
Thoronet Abbey
19 May → 19 Sep 2021
Every day from 10am to 1pm, then from 2pm to 6.30pm.

« (Re)discover the remains of the past through the contemporary installations of the artist couple!  »

Together in their work as in their lives, Anne and Patrick Poirier invade the space of the Cistercian abbey of Le Thoronet with some fifteen new installations. These are works that appeal to the senses, the memory and the mind of visitors to this historic monument, listed since 1840. Passionate about history and architecture, this is not the duo's first attempt. Indeed, they are used to taking over historical places, especially religious ones. Residents at the Villa Medici at the end of the 1960s, their first works dealt with Greco-Roman antiquity, its artistic customs and beliefs. However, this does not mean that the Poirier couple are not involved in current affairs, quite the contrary. Violence is an integral part of their work in their "world in ruins", as they describe it. For them, memory is an inexhaustible place for questioning individual and collective identity. Their installations always adapt to the places in which they are exhibited and invite the visitor to actively participate. They remain "discreet, without ostentation or excess, respectful of this place of soul and memory". Anima mundi refers to the Stoic philosophy for which the soul of the world is a disposition that allows a subtle connection between the divine and the human, through the individual soul of the latter.

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