April 2013: Olivier Kosta-Thefaine was presenting P A N O R A M A at the Pilori and the gardens of Maison Patronale Boinot in Niort, France. This double exhibition was showing different works selected from his arstictic practice, such as his classical garden made with broken glass. The artist is now back in Niort, but this time as a curator. It all came with an invitation from Wtlg, a new support for contemporary creation in Les Deux-Sevres.
Wtlg gave Olivier Kosta-Théfaine the opportunity of choosing artists and artworks for (Idéale) Géographie, a group exhibition that is now on view at Belvédère in Le Moulin du Roc. Geographie was already the title of Olivier Kosta-Théfaine's last solo exhibition at Stockholm's Gallery Steinsland Berliner, composed of paintings, signs and found objects, that, after being arranged in the gallery space, would evoke the idea of a landscape, informal, fragmented.
This second Géographie that will take place in Niort is inspired by the swedish episode, leaning on a selection of international artists who feed a particular interest for their close environment, attentive observers who draw in detail and the energy of the everyday life to create works that describe a landscape of closeness, ordinary, almost banal.
(Idéale) Géographie is the first of a serie of curated exhibition by Olivier Kosta-Thefaine.
Exhibiting Artists: Manor Grunewald, Simon Laureyns, SKKI©, Nicholas Pilato, Samuel François, Antoine Donzeaud, Evan Robarts, Renato Leotta & Yari Malaspina, Edouard Nardon, Clément Pascal, John Roebas, Olivier Kosta-Théfaine
Salle du Belvédère - Le Moulin du Roc - Niort, July 18 - August 22