The Whale, Arts Le Havre, Le Havre (FR)


3 June 2022 – 2 September 2022
Le Havre Beach, Le Havre (FR)

As a prefiguration of A SUMMER IN LE HAVRE, AVL has chosen to create a great sperm whale, at the request of the Grand Casino du Havre inspired by Herman Melville’s philosophical novel, Moby-Dick.

AVL strives to present the sea as the true theatre of the human comedy: suffering, evil, pride, madness, tyranny—feelings that Melville personified in the character of Captain Ahab, who saught revenge on the giant white whale that had robbed him of his leg in the past.

This monumental installation is also a manifesto on the power of nature that Jonah had also experienced. The Biblical character had angered God by his disobedience and, as punishment, was swallowed by a whale (literally a great fish) in which he remained for 3 days and 3 nights.

The Whale illustrates both Ahab’s nemesis and Jonah’s imprisonment. Made of steel, a metal created and welded by man, this whale is not slaughtered for its whale oil, as of old, but rests on beach pebbles like a careened ship. A seated man can be seen through the portholes. Is it the artist, Jonah praying for his salvation or captain Ahab questioning his behaviour. Thus presented, the work embodies both human ingenuity and unconquered nature. This is where all its ambiguity lies.

Atelier Van Lieshout artwork on display: The Whale (2022)
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Current exhibition(s):

Blast Furnace, Art OMI, Ghent NY, (USA)
25 May 2019 – Autumn 2022
Roof Installation, ROOF-A, Rotterdam (NL)
4 November 2021 – 1 August 2022
Form Follows Energy, LAGO / ALGO, Mexico City (MX)
9 February 2022 – 16 August 2022

Upcoming exhibition(s):

VOORLOPERS, Park, Paleis Soestdijk (NL)
13 May 2022 – 5 August 2022
Living the Habitat
, Open House, Geneva (CH)
11 June 2022 – 28 August 2022
De Verleiding, Bosch Parade, ‘s-Hertogenbosch (NL)
16 June 2022 – 19 June 2022
MAMA Werner, Documenta, Kassel (DE)
18 June 2022 – 25 September 2022
Le Voyage, solo exhibition, Le Portique, Le Havre (FR)
24 June 2022  – 11 September 2022
The Whale, Arts Le Havre, Le Havre (FR)
3 June 2022 – 2 September 2022

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