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Artists Roger Ballen and Hans Lemmen Unleash Our Primal Instincts

A MACABRE repertoire of half-human beasties is unleashed at Le Musée de la chasse et de la nature in Paris this spring.  Collaborating miles apart, South African photographer Roger Ballen and Netherlands-based illustrator  Hans Lemmen create Unleashed, an unsettling combination of re-appropriated imagery which unearths Modern Man’s animalistic tendencies.

Ballen’s photographic scraps merge with Lemmen’s drawings to create a contemporary cave painting alongside animistic sculptures of the artists with their pets. Individual works by each artist are also on display including a video which documents their project. The show endeavours to convey the creative process of each artist and how their art thrives from the fusion of their differing practices. The collaboration has been an exciting challenge, as Lemmen explains, “This is the hardest thing I‘ve ever faced in my career. Until the last moment, I did not know if it would be possible to combine photographs and drawings.”

Roger Ballen, Hans Lemmen, Photography, Drawing, Roger Ballen/Hans Lemmen, Entanglement 2016. Courtesy of Roger Ballen and Hans Lemmen Private Collection

Ballen, a master of psychodramas creates highly original sets in unknown locations near Johannesburg in which marginalised individuals improvise their strange narratives and where animals mingle. His scenarios allude to human survival but man’s inability to escape from nature. Ballen explains, “I think that my works seek the animal at the heart of the human mind, the point where a man turns into an animal … ”

Ballen’s nebulous forms free repressed characters from wires and cables, as if releasing them from the constraints of modernity.

Roger Ballen, Hans Lemmen, Photography, Drawing, Le Musée de la chasse et de la natureHans Lemmen/Roger Ballen, Unicorn 2016. Courtesy of Roger Ballen and Hans Lemmen Private Collection

Lemmen’s graphics and sculptures are fictional works which explore the domains between animals and people. He is fascinated by pre-historic times when our ancestors lived in empathy with, not against, nature. Lemmen alludes to our primeval instincts,

“We are simply animals. We are animals with, of course, a more developed brain.”

Occasionally his work displays a curious role reversal in which Man appears to become a sacrificial offering, and animals are invited to take charge.

Roger Ballen, Hans Lemmen, Photography, Drawing, Le Musée de la chasse et de la natureHans Lemmen, Untitled 2014. Courtesy of Hans Lemmen Private Collection

The show parades a grave and male-dominated world but also a few surprises, like this grisly cytoplasm ingesting human remains.

Roger Ballen, Hans Lemmen, Photography, Drawing, Le Musée de la chasse et de la natureRoger Ballen/Hans Lemmen, Oh No! 2016. Courtesy of Roger Ballen and Hans Lemmen Private Collection

by Miranda Charalambous

Unleashed: Roger Ballen and Hans Lemmen, which is co-produced by the Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht, until June 4 2017 at Le Musee de la Chasse et de la Nature, 62, rue des Archives 75003, Paris

Tel: 01 53 01 92 40

Front page image: Roger Ballen/Hans Lemmen, Oh No! 2016, Photograph, Courtesy of Roger Ballen and Hans Lemmen Private Collection

Marion Vidal Debuts her SS17 Jewellery Collection

PART-architect, part-sculptor and part-fashion designer, Parisian-based jewellery artist Marion Vidal has released her SS17 collection which reflects the harmonising of contrasted materials, shapes and colours that characterises her brand.

After gaining a degree in architecture, which was followed by the Montpellier-born Vidal taking a fashion course at the prestigious Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Antwerp, Vidal set up her jewellery company which has an unconventional approach to jewellery design which is centred on striving for a beautiful balance between contrasting elements such as industrial brass against fragile cloth; matted white ceramic against polished gold; and supple fabric against solid silver. The result is highly sophisticated and entirely unique pieces.

A Ballade Necklace. Photograph: Marion Vidal

The SS17 collection features the Ballade necklaces which – like the notes on a stave – are composed of curvilinear shapes and small circles fashioned from gleaming metals, in which fluidity and solidity contrast yet complement one another.

Path rings. Photograph: Marion Vidal

The Path pieces meanwhile highlight the azure blue of lapis lazuli, the delicate pink of quartz or the lustrous black of obsidian which are sculpted into bold geometric shapes – such as a square pendant necklace, or distorted rings which wrap around the finger in irregular, non-linear forms.

A Ballade necklace. Photograph: Marion Vidal

The Medullary line comprises reinterpretations of Vidal’s most emblematic pieces – the Gela, TacTac and Jabot necklaces for example – reimagined in vivid, intense colours.

by Hannah Bergin

Marion Vidal, 13 avenue Trudaine, 75009 Paris
Open from Monday to Saturday 13:00 —  19:00

Tel : +33 (0)1 81 29 19 86
Mobile : +33 (0)6 46 91 04 59

For information about Marion Vidal’s range, visit her website here

Atlas Gallery Reveal New Surrealist Photography Show

THE Atlas Gallery in London unleashes the creative power of the unconscious in a new show which explores how avant-garde photographers responded to Surrealism. The exhibition, which opens this week, traces the history of the iconic movement through five decades beginning with its launch in Paris in the 1920s by poet, André Breton.

The Psychic Lens: Surrealism and the camera displays almost 50 works by well-known photographers which include Man Ray, Florence Henri and Bill Brandt and work by lesser known artists such as Franz Roh and Vaclav Zykmund. Their work also reveals a diverse range of skills comprising photo-montage, double exposures, solarisation and combination printing.

Atlas Gallery, Surrealism, photography, exhibitionVisit in Night, 1951 © Toshiko Okanoue

The Surrealists sought to uncover the unconscious mind and merge it with reality. They created dream-like imagery by lifting objects from their familiar contexts and re-positioning them in unlikely groupings. The Japanese photographer, Toshiko Okanoue, started making photo collages as a fashion student at Bunk Gakim College during the 1950s. After the Second World War, Japanese goods were in short supply and many were imported from abroad.

Cutting scraps from fashion magazines such as Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar, Okanoue began to create imaginative compositions arranged from body parts, animals and architectural elements. Although having no knowledge of Surrealism at the time, she realised later that, “Without being aware of it, I have planned such delicate nuances of a woman’s heart and sown seeds of such sentiments into my works.”

Atlas Gallery, Surrealism, photography, exhibitionPortrait Composition (E), 1937 by Florence Henri © Galleria Martini & Ronchetti, Genova

Influenced by Constructivism and Cubism, the American artist Florence Henri experimented with mirrors to add greater perspective to her imagery. She overlaid reflections in shop windows and made photo-montages from photographic clippings of classical architecture. She explained

“Volumes, lines, shadows and light have to obey my will and say what I want them to say. This happens under the strict control of composition, since I do not pretend to explain the world nor to explain my thoughts.”

Apart from distorting perspective and the size of objects, Surrealist photographers sometimes used words in their imagery. The German magazine cover designed by Dutch photographer, César Domela-Niewenhuis depicts a giant signpost of painted text looming above the sprawling Port of Hamburg to reveal a cluttered scene of cranes, building and steamships parts.

Atlas Gallery, Surrealism, photography, exhibitionHamburg, 1929 by César Domela-Niewenhuis © 2014 César Domela/
Artists RightsSociety (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris

by Miranda Charalambous

The exhibition, The Psychic Lens: Surrealism and the camera runs from November 24 to January 28, 2017 at Atlas Gallery, 49 Dorset Street, Marylebone, London W1U 7NF
Telephone: +44 207 224 4192

Front page image: Ruths-Speicher, photomontage, 1928 by César Domela-Niewenhuis © 2014 César

Domela/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York/ADAGP, Paris

Discover The Women Behind The Dress at Dior

THIS week Maria Grazia Chiuri unveils her inaugural collection for Dior at Paris Fashion Week – a significant occasion for the Italian designer who previously headed Valentino, as she will be the first woman to have done so in the brand’s 60-year history.

While preparations for the show have been underway, the house has chosen to highlight the work undertaken by the many talented, industrious and inspiring women who have contributed to the realisation of Chuiri’s vision, posting a series of short clips on Instagram under the hashtag #thewomenbehindthedress, in which several of the petites mains are introduced to the spotlight, as well as calligrapher Lili, premiere d’atelier Aicha Neddaf and a number of the models who will showcase the designs on the runway.

Gain a touching insight into their passions and musings – Dior invites you to discover the women behind the dress on Instagram now.

An interview with Dior’s calligrapher Lili, as part of the #thewomenbehindthedress project © Dior

By Hannah Bergin

Alice Mogabgab Gallery Shows the Nomadic Paintings of Daniel Chompré

THE Alice Mogabgab Gallery opens an arresting new show of work by the internationally acclaimed and highly original French painter, Daniel Chompré next week. On display in the Beirut gallery will be the artist’s Toiles nomades and Philtres d’amour, striking collections of richly coated relief paintings, evocative of the time-worn hangings of nomadic cultures. These works are unframed and perpetually rolled or folded, ready to travel wherever his art takes him.

Chompré, who began his painting career in the mid-1960s says, “People of my generation were interested in the problem of the flexible support of the paint. I added the nomadic and pliable character. Paint can and join me in my travels and allow my work to be presented”.

Daniel ChompréDaniel Chompré, Toiles nomandes, 2010 – 2016, mixed media on fabric, 300 x 82 cm,
280 x 80 cm © Galerie Alice Mogabgab

Influenced by the subtle shades in the work of Renaissance painter, Fra Angelico Chrompré has developed his own layering technique. Drawing lines in geometric formation with wax crayons, the artist then saturates the entire fabric with earthy stains of walnut and warm ochre. Rubbing, polishing and softening reveals the painting’s layers of iridescent colours and beautiful imperfections that in time, and after many journeys, mature between the creases of its seasoned surface.

Daniel Chrompré, a multi-talented artist, studied fine art in Paris and Helsinki and has created sets, costumes and graphics for The Paris Opera, the Festival of Lille, the Opéra Lausanne and the Theatre des Champ-Elysees.

text 2Daniel Chompré, Philtres d’amour, 2010 – 2016, mixed media on paper, 100 cm © Galerie Alice Mogabgab

by Miranda Charalambous

The exhibition, Daniel Chompré: Toiles nomads et Philtres d’amour runs from 13 September to 30 October 2016 at La Galerie Alice Mogabgab, Ashrafieh Street, Karam Building, Ist Floor, Beirut, Lebanon.
Tele: +961 (0) 1 204984 , +961 (0) 3 210424

Front page image: Daniel Chompré, Philtres d’amour, 2010 – 2016, mixed media on paper, 100 cm © Galerie Alice Mogabgab

The Indestructible Lee Miller Opens in Fort Lauderdale

Lee Miller SS2Lee Miller (1907-1977; American). Floating Head (Mary Taylor), 1933 Vintage gelatin silver print
The exhibition was organised in cooperation with the Albertina, Vienna
© Lee Miller Archives, England 2015. All rights reserved

NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale gallery will be exploring the extraordinary life of the American artist and photographer Lee Miller in an exhibition entitled The Indestructible Lee Miller. Opening in October this year, the show considers Miller’s life from a variety of perspectives as model, muse and artist. Miller (1907-1977) was the model of influential photographers such as Edward Steichen and Arnold Genthe during the 1920s. In the the 1930s she was the assistant, collaborator and muse of surrealist artist Man Ray.

Lee Miller SS1Lee Miller (1907-1977; American). Fire Masks, 1941. Modern exhibition digital print
The exhibition was organised in cooperation with the Albertina, Vienna
© Lee Miller Archives, England 2015. All rights reserved.

Subsequenly she became renowned as a pioneering fine art, fashion, and war photographer whose images of the London Blitz, liberation of Paris, and Dachau and Buchenwald concentration camps were among the most significant images of World War II.

Lee Miller SS3Lee Miller (1907-1977; American)  Exploding Hand, c.1930  Vintage gelatin silver print
The exhibition was organised in cooperation with the Albertina, Vienna
© Lee Miller Archives, England 2015. All rights reserved

Featuring more than 90 works, the exhibition aims to illustrate how her experience as a model for Vogue and for Man Ray influenced her practice as a photographer and artist. She was profoundly affected by her experiences in the Second World War and after it, she returned to England, married artist and art critic Roland Penrose, and ceased taking photographs.

by Caroline Simpson

The Indestructible Lee Miller is organised by the Albertina Museum in Vienna, Austria, in partnership with NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale.

Works from the 1920s to 1950s by Miller, Man Ray, Sacha Masour, Roland Penrose, and others, on view October 4,
2015 – February 28, 2016

NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale,  One East Las Olas Boulevard, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
Tel: 954-525-5500

An illustrated catalogue titled Lee Miller published by Albertina and Hatje Cantz accompanies the
exhibition and will be available at the NSU Art Museum  Store.

To order call 954-262-0255 or email:

Morphée Joaillerie at Haughton International Art and Antiques Fair

PH SS7Pamela Hastry of Morphée Joaillerie

PARIS-BASED jewellery brand Morphée Joaillerie is presenting its collections at the Haughton International Art and Antiques Fair, London next week. The fair is renowned for its selection of objets d’art, all vetted for quality and authenticity by a panel of industry experts.

PH SS3Morphée Millésime Articulated Ring

Art Antiques London brings together leading international dealers and visitors from all over the world, who can buy with confidence at this strictly authenticated summer showcase. The fair takes place in a bespoke pavilion opposite the Royal Albert Hall which is close to the site of the Great Exhibition of 1851.

PH SS5Aquarelle of  Flutterby Butterfly Necklace

The jewellery line Morphée Joaillerie, established by Belgian gemologist Pamela Hastry, will be one of the exhibitors at the fair. Morphée Joaillerie offers limited edition jewellery collections as well as custom-made designs.  Starting out at Kingston University, London, where Hastry developed a solid base in design, she went on to refine her jewellery-making skills in Instituto Europeo di Design, Rome, where she learnt the intricacies of jewellery, especially through drawing. In Paris, she studied at the HBJO. jewellery school and also explored the technical aspects of workshops, which sharpened her manufacturing requirements based on the traditional techniques she learnt from various skilled jewellers.

PH SS6Morphée Millésime Ear Cuff

Hastry worked at various jewelry brands before setting up Morphée Joaillerie Paris in 2013 in Avenue de l’Opéra. Morphée Joaillerie is inspired by “imagined stories centred around the mythical character of Morpheus (Morphée in French), also known as the God of dreams in Greek mythology.” The brand is known for its exquisite, unique and poetic pieces.

Morphée Joaillerie can be found at the Art and Antiques Fair next week on the Lucas Rarities – stand D1.

by Caroline Simpson

Haughton International Art and Antiques Fair takes place June 12 – 18

Public Opening Hours:
Friday, Saturday, Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday: 11am – 7pm
Monday, June 15: 11am – 6pm

Albert Memorial West Lawn, Kensington Gardens, London, SW7
(Opposite the Royal Albert Hall)
For information and tickets email: or tel: + 44 (0)20 7389 6555, fax: + 44 (0)20 7389 6556.

Luxury for a Cause: Maserati and the Cash & Rocket Tour

Maserati SS3The Maserati Ghibli at Dorchester Hotel

THIS week five red Maserati saloon cars will participate in the Cash & Rocket Tour, traveling from the Dorchester Hotel in London to destinations across the UK, France and Italy, all to raise support for three African-focused non-governmental organisations (NGOs). Taking turns at the wheels of these iconic luxury Maseratis will be an alternating crew of over 70 successful women, all leading figures in the worlds of film, television, fashion, business, the arts and music.

Maserati SS2Cash & Rocket tour 2015

Now in its fourth year, the Cash & Rocket Tour convoy was created to raise money, support and awareness for three specific NGOs – Shine on Sierra Leone, OrphanAfrica and Sumbandila, which respectively are involved in the promotion of community projects designed to improve the prospects of thousands of young people living in Central and South Africa.

The event kicked off on 14 May with a gala dinner and charity auction at the Dorchester Hotel. This kickoff evening raised over £550,000 and included such high-end items as a couture Valentino gown, return flights to Cannes in a private jet and a Chopard watch. Celebrities and VIPs attending the event included: models Selita Ebanks, Arizona Muse, Jade Parfitt and Ashley Graham, Topshop tycoon Sir Philip Green, with daughter Chloe and wife Lady Tina, socialite Yasmin Mills and singer Natalie Imbruglia.

Maserati SS4Selita Ebanks and Miriam Aldainy with Maserati Ghibli

The Cash & Rocket Tour itself brings together over 70 successful women from a variety of industries who will alternate driving the five Maseratis across the UK, France and Italy. The Maseratis will join a fleet of 35 vehicles, all bright red, which is the official Tour colour.

Maserati SS5Maserati Ghibli at Dorchester Hotel

The first leg of the tour began at Audley Square, Mayfair with the Maserati Quattroporte and Ghibli models, which will be driven by the first shift of the all-female crews. Taking the wheel of the Maserati Ghibli will be Selita Ebanks, a former Victoria’s Secret angel, and the stunning Spanish model Nieves Álvarez; while, the Maserati Quattroporte will be driven by editors and influencers from Eastern European media platform Buro 24/7.

Maserati SS1Maserati display at the London Eye

Next, the red cars will head to Paris towards the headquarters of Valentino on Place Vendôme, where an evening charity programme will be held. After passing through Lyon and Milan, the convoy will conclude on Tuesday 19 May in Cannes, ending in truly grand style with a cocktail dinner hosted by Chopard, the Swiss-based luxury watch brand.

by Jessica Quillin

La Perla Debuts Atelier Collection

  • La Perla Debuts Atelier Collection, Paris Couture 2015
    La Perla Debuts Atelier Collection, Paris Couture 2015

LINGERIE brands often have a hard time breaking into the ready-to-wear market. Something about the inherently risqué nature of lingerie makes this type of design sometimes difficult to translate. But, some lingerie brands get it very right, producing prêt-à-porter clothing with all the sensuality and craftsmanship of high-end lingerie but with a delicious wearability.

Case in point – the recently debuted La Perla Atelier Collection. This ready-to-wear collection debuted on Monday, 26 January at the Hotel Salomon de Rothschild in Paris, as the couture shows kicked off into high gear. Featuring the likes of Naomi Campbell, Natasha Poly and Lindsey Wixon, this collection fuses modern design with the artisanship one has come to expect from La Perla – with all the delicacy, luxe fabrics and immaculate construction.

The 2015 La Perla Atelier Collection interestingly questions the boundary between lingerie and clothing, not just through literal lingerie-style detailing on clothing but through the application of intricate techniques in new and innovative ways. This collection builds on the brand’s signature designs through the utilization of quietly ostentatious frastaglio detailing, including gold thread, crystals and feathers overlaid on floral patterned silks and tulle. Designs tease at the anticipation of a reveal without showing too much, through layers that show off the fundamental architecture of a dress.

Both the design and materials speak to La Perla’s 100+ year heritage. Some are deliberately referential to early archive patterns from the turn of the 20th century; and others incorporate lace techniques straight from lacemakers in Calais. While traditional techniques are used, the designs feel fresh and new and feel like proper clothing with a hint of the structure and sensuality of undergarments, but in the most sophisticated way. Metal buckles replace bra straps and shorts are elevated through the clever application of precious tones and embellished embroidery. Part of the success of this collection lies in the muted colour palette, wherein primary blacks are complemented by a range of pink, grey, white and red with blue and nude accents here and there.

by Jessica Quillin