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Le Promontoire du songe

Group show with works by Dove Allouche
Frac Auvergne, Clermont-Ferrand
September 29, 2022 - January 15, 2023

In Le Promontoire du songe, written in 1863, Victor Hugo recounts a striking visual experience. It is about the observation of the surface of the Moon through a telescope, the discovery of its reliefs and the volcano called the Promontory of the Dream. Very quickly, he establishes a comparison between the revelation of the lunar landscape and the way works of art are revealed to the eye. The text is remarkable in its way of pointing out the initial blindness which can be ours when, for the first time, we discover a work, incredulous and unable to measure its significance. Victor Hugo “sees nothing”, before a real “journey” occurs, an “irruption of the dawn in a universe covered with darkness” lived like a fulgurance.

In front of the Moon or in front of the works, the glance discovers. The term is rich in meaning because it indicates the notion of invention with regard to a thing which remained dissimulated, masked, whereas we had it in front of the eyes. A work is discovered, is uncovered, subjected to the judgment of those who look at it. What is not covered any more is, literally, with discovered, in situation of fragility.

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