Vertigo
Exhibition view
Vertigo
Exhibition view
Vertigo
Exhibition view
Vertigo
Exhibition view
Vertigo
Exhibition view
Vertigo
Exhibition view
Vertigo
Exhibition view
Vertigo
Exhibition view
Vertigo
Exhibition view
Vertigo
Exhibition view
Hanel Sechs! - Collage orginal finalisé, 1968
Pierre MOLINIER
Hanel Sechs! - Collage orginal finalisé, 1968
Vintage gelatin silver print on soft Afga paper
9,05 x 7, 28 in
Unique artwork
Tampon
Pierre et Hanel - Photomontages, 1968
Pierre MOLINIER
Pierre et Hanel - Photomontages, 1968
Three vintage gelatin silver prints on soft Afga paper
Image: 7.08 x 4.92 in.
Unique artwork
Les Hanel 1 - Collage original, 1969
Pierre MOLINIER
Les Hanel 1 - Collage original, 1969
Collage of gelatin silver print retouched in pencil
10,04 x 7,08 in
Unique artwork
Les Hanel 1 - Collage original, 1969
Pierre MOLINIER
Les Hanel 1 - Collage original, 1969
Collage of vingage silver prints retouched in pencil
8.26 x 11.69 in.
Unique artwork
Grande Mêlée - Photomontage, 1968
Pierre MOLINIER
Grande Mêlée - Photomontage, 1968
Vintage gelatin silver print on soft Agfa paper
Image: 9,05 x 10,63 in
Unique artwork
Le triomphe des tribades ou Sur le pavois, 1969 (?)
Pierre MOLINIER
Le triomphe des tribades ou Sur le pavois, 1969 (?)
Vintage gelatin silver prints on soft Afga paper, retouched with painting
Image: 22,5 x 17,7 cm
Unique artwork
Poupée violée / Double autoportrait in actum - Collage original finalisé, 1968
Pierre MOLINIER
Poupée violée / Double autoportrait in actum - Collage original finalisé, 1968
Collage composed of two vintage gelatin silver prints on soft Afga paper
Image: 7,08 x 4,92 in
Unique artwork
Le Chaman, 1968
Pierre MOLINIER
Le Chaman, 1968
Chaman et ses créatures
Vintage silver print
Image: 6,8 x 4,7 in
Unique artwork
Mandrake se régale - collage original finalisé, 1968
Pierre MOLINIER
Mandrake se régale - collage original finalisé, 1968
Collage composed of two vintage gelatin silver prints on soft Agfa paper, annotated in pencil by artist on verso, cut and bonded / photomontage.
7,08 x 4,92 in
Unique artwork
Le Podex d'Amour - collage original finalisé, 1969
Pierre MOLINIER
Le Podex d'Amour - collage original finalisé, 1969
Collage on soft Afga paper
9,45 x 7,08 in
Unique artwork
Je suis content, 1965
Pierre MOLINIER
Je suis content, 1965
Vintage gelatin silver print
Unique artwork
Non signé
Le Double, 1966
Pierre MOLINIER
Le Double, 1966
silver print
Image: 8.5 x 4.7 in
Unique artwork
Non signé
Janine entre deux hommes - Découpage original, circa 1968
Pierre MOLINIER
Janine entre deux hommes - Découpage original, circa 1968
Collage composed of two vintage gelatin silver prints
6.89 x 3.15 in.
Unique artwork

Vertigo

29.03.2018 - 19.05.2018

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Throughout our life, we all carry gods and angels over our head that accompany us, for a moment or forever.

There are those dear to us that we have known, that we have loved, there are the monsters we have encountered, the teachers who have conditioned us, but there are also free spirits whose work lit our path with their images, their words, their music.

Amongst these angels next to whom I am happy to wake up every morning, there is Pierre Molinier.

After many long years of waiting, after having bought and devoured every book ever written about him, on a holy day, the auction of his daughter’s collection took place. A sacrilegious situation since this body of work was about to be scattered instead of finding its rightful place, as a whole, in a Pierre Molinier museum in Bordeaux. Shame on the mayor of Bordeaux, and the Ministry of Culture ! And glory to the faun magician’s lucky admirers who were able to lay their hands on these rare works of art. Towards the end of the auction, in a reckless act, my finger rose before my brain could forbid it for lack of money. Walking on air, I became the ecstatic host of a photograph I had always dreamt of.

Now, this angel that was in my head has materialized in my hand. Once adopted, this photograph will be mine for my entire life, my entire short life. Objects have a life as well. They live. They talk. I know it. Molinier knew it too. And probably better than I did. And that’s why he was a fetishist. In the truest sense of the word. His photographs have a soul, a unique soul. And so did the stockings, ankle boots, masks, stools and the screen he loved so much. His obsessions and compulsions are so unabashed they become exceptionally communicable and universal. Wearing masks, cross-dressing, dissociating himself from any formatted sexual identity, multiplying his legs to infinity, training to give himself a blowjob, using photomontage to fuck himself in the ass, feeding his milk-thirsty kitten his own sperm, talking about it and showing it to the world… More surrealist in his own life than any of the Surrealists he mixed with and who seemed to fear him despite his utmost amiability. His happiness might have seemed desperate to some, but to others such as myself, it is the expression of an exemplary life force.

To him, existence or non-existence, identity and society are nothing but an illusion. Only sexual pulsion is real and it needn’t numb itself out through any filter for it is unique and almighty.

Molinier is one of the rare people I know who was so joyful he managed to turn his own suicide into a playful act, by announcing its date, like a rendezvous with himself, life, death, birth, pleasure. All in one. And images to boot.

GASPAR NOÉ

 

Scenography : Camille Morin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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