The Haus am Waldsee presents the first institutional exhibition of the French artist Bruno Pélassy (*1966 in Vientiane, Laos, †2002 in Nice, France) in Germany. The exhibition explores Pélassy's artistic practice, manifested through formal and playful material expressions in sculptures, couture, jewelry, drawings and films.
His art is viewed as both a personal and a political examination of the conventions of desire, the topics of gender, values and health. It also functions as a call to overcome rigid dualisms.
Pélassy's work was significantly influenced by his early HIV diagnosis, which is reflected in his art through the ambivalent dynamics of illness and death and in his conception of the body as a porous and elusive entity . In this exhibition, Pélassy's artistic approach enters into dialogue with selected works and memorabilia by his contemporaries and contemporary artists.
The group exhibition will feature works by artists such as Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Beth Collar, Jesse Darling, Brice Dellsperger, Leonor Fini, Ull Hohn, Natacha Lesueur, Jean Painlevé & Geneviève Hamon, James Richards and Soshiro Matsubara. The latter will also be responsible for designing the exhibition architecture.