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Franck Chalendard

 ( 1966, Haute-Loire, France)

Born in 1966
Lives and works in Geneva, Switzerland


Franck Chalendard paints. He declares himself a painter. Painting is his domain, his field of activity. Nowadays, on an art scene where many artists exceed their own ability in order to show how polyvalent they are, as well as their mastering of several techniques used in all areas of the visual arts, Chalendard instead chooses to concentrate on only one field. His work has nothing to do with counteraction but more to do with the duty painting has to respond to the questions posed in art. Chalendard offers through the emotional ability of colours a pathos-free style of painting that avoids reference to external themes. His works do not pretend to be anything other than a product, but they do demonstrate that his art does not come under a set design or form of communication unlike other forms of contemporary art.

(Source : Franck Chalendard, Editions Ceysson)


2002      La Casa de los Franceses, A.F.A.A. Mexico


Recent works by Franck Chalendard are impressive for the breadth of the issues they address  in the reality of their structure and their configuration. Anyone looking at them is soon confident that he has identified the artist's sources, or plays the game of parallels and comparisons. But these pleasant exercises prompting us to make manifest our scholarship prove both correct and vain. That is to say, there is no real need to do so, as these recent paintings confront us so much with an affirmation of the picture as an irreducible reality as to what is and what is at stake for the artist and for the observer. The juxtaposition especially of upholstery fabric pieces, carefully assembled by a seamstress, provides the artist with a support which apparently suggests some sort of allegiance to Claude Viallat's process of "butt-joining". But this process fits in very consistently with what is at the heart of Franck Chalendard's practice and quest.  This quest and practice seem stimulated and strongly guided by a kind of sense of powerlessness to go beyond the material configuration of the picture. The artist himself declares himself obliged to consider the fact that since the end of modernism and postmodernism, anyone wishing to paint is condemned to tap into a huge thesaurus of shapes and motifs, but also of theoretical concepts, and so revive them by transforming them into generators of effective novelties. At risk therefore of being able to do no more than to offer a design borrowed from vintage years to one's painting, one's own work, that has thus become proposable on the contemporary art scene once more as constitutive markers of contemporary good taste!

Remarkably, this risk was taken on by some major artists of the eighties, but then left behind and transcended. And so it is once more with some current artists such as Franck Chalendard, Sadie Laska, Lauren Luloff and Sarah Braman. Hence their interest in Claude Viallat and Supports/Surfaces from whose work of deconstruction they gain some benefit. But, fortunately, these artists are careful to avoid any submission to a theoretical device. Beyond a simple and happy predilection, they display, as does Franck Chalendard, the respect due to an initiator who paved the way, but who must at all costs be set aside, kept at a distance in order to be able to replay the game. I mean taking  the history of painting as its end, today, as in the beginning.

Doing, painting, somehow, the first picture and refining the process of making in a short series until it becomes - an impossible task - the last picture finally, making futile any attempt at repeating a gesture as painter. This is why Franck Chalendard seems little concerned by the deconstruction of the picture, and less willing to work on the properties of the support than to exploit them. The repetition of figurative or abstract motifs, widely spread by fashion and upholstery fabrics, aims to make clear in his works the very inanity of painting. And to snatch it from design. As with Bram van Velde? Probably.  But today, everything seems to have been done. Philip Taaffe, Ross Bleckner, Susanne Paesler or Christine Streuli, have already played this theme, this dialectical relationship of painting to textiles as was already questioned by Aloïs Riegl and since, among others, by Markus Brüderlin. As in his own way, at the outset, by Meyer Vaisman. By accepting this, Franck Chalendard has condemned himself  - in order to assure us of the vanity of all Kunstwollen - paradoxically to paint, to paint ceaselessly, to resume his need to be painter, picture after picture, employing and implementing, picture after picture, all of abstract painting, all painting, to free it from history, from its burial, its decline, its death, all death. But anyone defying Thanatos, Zeus, time or history, must pay the price. For Franck Chalendard by the heroic relentless restarting of his work: paint, paint, paint…

It's a simple, but very clever, gesture of painting, something that must be dared, which each time frees painting from anything that might degrade or debase it to the level of design, to the production of simple objects without necessity, archaeological evidence, one day, the taste of a moment. In this quest - still grounded in a formalism that suspends any narrative effect - a je-ne-sais-quoi, as Pierre Soulages might say, that fills the world, like Barnett Newman, Mark Rothko, Claude Viallat or Frank Stella, Franck Chalendard strives as Stella exhorted, to prevent painting from remaining "inert on the surface of the past": to "testify about the real world, but also about the kingdom of heaven and hell".

Bernard Ceysson, May 2014

Solo shows at Ceysson Gallery
Franck CHALENDARD, Luxembourg
October 16 - November 30, 2008

Franck Chalendard, Paris
September 05 - October 17, 2009

Franck Chalendard, Saint-Étienne
September 16 - November 22, 2010

Franck Chalendard, Luxembourg
January 13 - March 06, 2011

Franck Chalendard, Saint-Étienne
November 23, 2010 - January 15, 2011

Franck Chalendard, Paris
October 19 - December 01, 2012

Franck Chalendard, Saint-Étienne
September 26 - November 23, 2013

Franck Chalendard, Luxembourg
July 05 - September 20, 2014

September 17, 2015 - January 02, 2016

Franck Chalendard, Paris
September 17 - October 15, 2016

Franck Chalendard, Saint-Étienne
December 21, 2017 - February 24, 2018

Franck Chalendard , New York
June 19 - July 31, 2019

Group shows at Ceysson Gallery
Christian Floquet - Franck Chalendard, Geneva
May 03 - July 14, 2012

Bagarre Générale- Dessins, Saint-Étienne
January 29 - May 03, 2009

Thema 4 : Abstraction(s), Luxembourg
December 06, 2009 - January 11, 2010

Group show, Geneva
February 04 - March 10, 2012

La Ligne Passée, Luxembourg
June 30 - September 16, 2012

Cession, Saint-Étienne
May 21 - August 02, 2015

Special Guest New York, Offsite
September 08 - September 28, 2015

“The lines of life are various, like roads and the contours of the mountains…”, Wandhaff
September 10 - October 29, 2016

10 YEARS in Luxembourg, Wandhaff
June 02 - August 04, 2018

Solo shows

Contrails, Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Paris
Franck Chalendard, Maison d'Art Contemporain Chailloux, Fresnes

-Franck Chalendard - Once upon a time , Galerie Bernard Ceysson Geneva
Special guest, , Galerie Zürcher, New York, États-Unis

-Franck Chalendard - Canevas , Galerie Bernard Ceysson Luxembourg

- Franck Chalendard , Galerie L'Agart, Amilly
- Franck Chalendard - Bricoles et Guirlandes de Noël, Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Saint-Etienne
- Art Paris Art Fair
- ArtGenève 2013

- Peintures pour chambre à coucher, Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Paris
- Wall Art Fair, Lyon
- Franck Chalendard, Christian Floquet, Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Geneva

- Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Luxembourg

- Galerie Bernard Ceysson, St Etienne

- Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Paris
- Galerie de l'Hôtel du département, Conseil Général de la Haute-Loire

- Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Luxembourg

- Centre régional d'art contemporain de Lacoux - Biennale de Lyon

- Le 10neuf, Centre régional d'art contemporain, Montbéliard
- Iac galerie, St Etienne
- Galerie Gubbioti, Clermont Ferrand

- Groupe d'Art Contemporain, Annonay

- Galerie DWLV, Lausanne, Switzerland
- Galerie Nìna Menocal - Mexico, Mexico

- Galerie Julìo Gonzales, Arcueil

- La Borne - « Le pays où le ciel est toujours bleu », Orléans

- Galerie François Rivier, Vevey, Switzerland
- Musée d'Art et d'Histoire, Cholet

- Galerie Tonnerre de Brest, St Etienne
- Galerie du Haut Pavé, Paris

- Galerie Abel Joseph, Brussels, Belgium

Group shows

Diverses sont les lignes de la vie, Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Wandhaff, Luxembourg

"At the risk of color. Claude Viallat - Franck Chalendard, Macao", Tap Seac Gallery, Macau, China
Special new guest, Galerie Zürcher, New York, États-Unis

- Échappées - Franck Chalendard, Colombe Marcasiano, Égide Viloux - Agart, Amilly
- Franck Chalendard - Jean-Marc Dublé, Orangerie, Château du Bourg, Perreux

- Christian Floquet - Franck Chalendard, Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Geneva
- La Ligne Passée, Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Luxembourg
- Le geste et la couleur, École d'art Gérard Jacot, Belfort

- La peinture se porte bien en France, Instituto Cultural do Governo da R.A.E. de Macau
- Bagarres générales V, Galerie Bernard Ceysson, St Etienne

- Choix d'un collectionneur, Musée Paul Dini, Villefranche sur Saône

- L'attraction de l'Espace, Musée d'art Moderne St Etienne Métropole
- Bagarres générales IV, Galerie Bernard Ceysson, St Etienne

- Galerie du Haut Pavé, Paris
- Quelle actualité en Rhône-alpes , Musée Paul Dini, Villefranche-sur-Saône
- Regards croisés, Galerie Paul Gabert, Paris

- Bagarres générales, Galerie Iac, St Etienne
- Au fil des jours / Sur le fil du rasoir, carte blanche à Philippe Cyroulnik , Galerie Pitch, Paris

- La peau du chat, Carlota Charmet et les collectionneurs , Musée de l'Abbaye Ste Croix, Les Sables d'Olonne

- La peau du chat, Carlota Charmet et les collectionneurs, Centre d'art de Tanlay, Artothèque de Caen

- Galerie municipale Julìo Gonzales, Arcueil
- Novembre à Vitry, galerie municipale, Vitry-sur-Seine

- Artistas franceses, Musée de Quérétaro, Mexico
- Otro capitulo, Musée de Puebla, Mexico

- Les 20 ans de 20 artistes, Assemblée Nationale, Paris

- L'abstraction et ses territoires, le 19, Centre régional d'art contemporain, Montbéliard
- Peintures démarches actuelles 1, Villa du Parc, Annemasse
- Hommage à Olivier Debré, Assemblée Nationale, Paris

- Salon de la jeune peinture, Paris
- Galerie Mic'Art, Lille
- Galerie Mic'Art, Linéart, Gand, Belgium

- La fabrique de parasols hors les murs, Galerie associative, Paris
- Sur 3 notes autour de Geer van Velde, Galerie Louis Bernard, Polignac

- Art dans la ville, Musée d'Art Moderne de St Etienne
- Artistes stéphanois, galerie Nitrianska Stana-Nitra, Bratislava, Slovaquie

- Tendances contemporaines, Institut Casino- Pierre Guichard, St Etienne
- Sans titre, L'embarcadère, Lyon

- Au fond de la cour, O.T.I., St Etienne

- Trienal Latina, Vieno do Castelo, Portugal
- Le choix d'un collectionneur : Louis Bernard, Paris

October 2000 and May 2002 : Casa de los franceses, Mexico - Grant awarded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the AFAA

Public Collections

- Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain de Nice
- Fond National d'Art Contemporain

- Collection Banque Société Générale, Paris
- Philharmonie du Luxembourg

- Banque Européenne d'Investissement, Luxembourg

- Embassy of France, Mexico
- French Alliance of Mexico

- Assemblée Nationale, Paris

- Musée d'art Moderne, St Etienne
Yves Michaud, Éric de Chassey, Sandrine Chalendard, Bernard Ceysson, Anne Favier, Tristan Trémeau, Franck Chalendard, Éditions Modernes - Ceysson, Saint-Étienne, published in french and english.

- Bernard CEYSSON, Karim GHADDAB, Tristan TREMEAU, "Monographie Franck Chalendard", Saint-Etienne, Edictions IAC, 2015

- "Les jeux de constructions graphiques de Franck Chalendard", in Le Progrès, October 3rd 2013

- Bernard Ceysson, "Plans sur la comète", in catalogue pour l'exposition, October-November 2009
- Sandrine Peyre, "Le pire n'est jamais certain", in Chalendard et Clot, exposition Hôtel du département, Conseil Général de la Haute-Loire

Michèle BRUN, Pierre PADOVANI et Gilbert PERLEIN, "Le Chemin de Peinture", Nice, MAMAC, 2008

- Bernard Ceysson, "Pour Franck Chalendard", in Franck Chalendard Peinture 2004-2007, ed. IAC
- Eric de Chassey, "Franck Chalendard", in 20 ans d'exposition 1986-2006, Galerie du Haut Pavé, Paris

- Hervé Audouard, "Enfin, presque !", in Franck Chalendard. Sur le fil du Rasoir, ed. Thoba's, Roanne
- Bernard Ceysson, "Et ainsi les saisons se déroulèrent pour entrer dans l'été comme le promeneur s'avance dans une herbe de plus en plus haute", in Franck Chalendard. Sur le fil du Rasoir, ed. Thoba's, Roanne
- Eric de Chassey, "Avant-Propos", in Franck Chalendard. Sur le fil du Rasoir, ed. Thoba's, Roanne
- Philippe Cyroulnik, "Au risque du tableau", in Franck Chalendard. Sur le fil du Rasoir, ed. Thoba's, Roanne

- Benoit Decron, Jacques Py, Claire Tanguy, "Préface", in catalogue "La peau du chat. Carlota Charmet et les collectionneurs", ed. Somogy, Paris
- Emilie Bernard, Carlota Charmet une femme engagée au service de l'art et des artistes, in catalogue "La peau du chat. Carlota Charmet et les collectionneurs", ed. Somogy, Paris
- Patrick Roussel, Franck Chalendard, in catalogue "La peau du chat. Carlota Charmet et les collectionneurs", ed. Somogy, Paris

- Hervé Audouard, "Enfin Presque !", in Plaquette G.A.C., Annonay

- Frank Chalendard, "Notes", in catalogue "La borne", Orléans
- Philippe Cyroulnik, in catalogue "Aux couleurs du Printemps", Assemblée Nationale
- Franck Lamy, "Bricoles", in Peinture, démarches actuelles 1, édition Villa du Parc, Annemasse.
- Jean-Louis Pradel, in catalogue "Hommage à Olivier Debré", Assemblée Nationale

- Eric Suchère, "Ce qui fait sens", in catalogue Musée d'art et d'histoire, Cholet
- Franck Chalendard, "Dessins," in Les cahiers intempestifs, n°9, November

- Eric de Chassey, Peinture, "Distance et Dépense", in Ninety, n°26, Paris
- Catherine Flohic, "Franck Chalendard", in Ninety, n°26, Paris
- Yves Michaud, "Identité composite", in L'abstraction et ses territoires, ed. le 19, Crac, Montbéliard
- Yves Michaud, "Identité composite", in Connaissance des Arts n° 550, May

- Hervé Audouard, "A une sérénité inquiète", in Chalendard-Gibert-Lacombe, ed. de la Borne, Le Puy-en-Velay

Franck Chalendard en hibernation

L'Essor - Daniel Brignon

January 27, 2018

International artists for exhibitions XXL

Luxemburger Wort - Nathalie Becker

September 14, 2016

The lines of life are various...

The lines of life are various...

November 03, 2016

Franck Chalendard, Contrails

Franck Chalendard, Contrails

September 17, 2016