Le Suquet des Artistes
18 Jun → 5 Dec 2021
Tuesday to Friday, 1pm to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 1pm then 2pm to 6pm (June). Monday to Thursday, 10am to 1pm then 2pm to 6pm, Saturday and Sunday, 10am to 1pm then 2pm to 6pm. Closed on Fridays (July). Every day from 10am to 1pm then 2pm to 6pm (August and September). Tuesday to Friday from 1pm to 5pm, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 1pm then 2pm to 6pm (October to December).
For his latest solo show, Gregory Forstner presents colourful canvases with historical, popular or personal subjects. An iconography to which he has been accustomed since his beginnings. Generally large in size, his paintings evoke the productions of Art Spiegelman, Jörg Immendorff or Markus Lüpertz, according to the German critic and art historian Ludwig Seyfarth. But there are also some features of the Flemish pictorial tradition, popular and satirical, of Jerome Bosch, Jan Steen and James Ensor, from whom he sometimes borrows figures. Spotted at the age of 11 by Luc Besson to play the role of Enzo Molinari in The Big Blue, Gregory Forstner graduated from the Villa Arson in 1999. As a teenager, he discovered that his paternal grandfather had been a Nazi and SS officer and his grandmother a factory manager in the war effort. This is a recurring theme throughout his work, with many references to the family episode. Despite their bright colours, his paintings show a dull and disturbing plunge into the meanders of human identity and the tragedies of filiation. This exhibition is accessible with the Cannes Culture Pass 2021.