Franck Chalendard

Born in 1966 in Haute-Loire.

Lives and works in Saint-Etienne, France.


   Presentation


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)


   Residencies


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

   

   Public collections


Musée d'art moderne et d'art contemporain, Saint-Etienne, France

Musée d'art moderne et d'art contemporain, Nice, France

Centre national des arts plastiques, Paris, France

Musée des beaux arts de Rennes, France


Canevas



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 , Wandhaff
March 07 - July 18, 2020

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

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

Franck Chalendard, Paris
September 17 - October 15, 2016

FRANCK CHALENDARD, Geneva
September 17, 2015 - January 02, 2016

Franck Chalendard, Luxembourg
July 05 - September 20, 2014

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

Franck Chalendard, Paris
October 19 - December 01, 2012

Franck Chalendard, Luxembourg
January 13 - March 06, 2011

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

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

Franck Chalendard, Paris
September 05 - October 17, 2009

Franck CHALENDARD, Luxembourg
October 16 - November 30, 2008


Group shows at Ceysson Gallery
The Spaces In Between, New York
September 09 - November 07, 2020

Guerre(s), Paris
December 18, 2019 - February 01, 2020

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

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

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

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

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

Christian Floquet - Franck Chalendard, Geneva
May 03 - July 14, 2012

Group show, Geneva
February 04 - March 10, 2012

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

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


Solo shows

2020

Peindre, cheminer, peindre, Ceysson & Bénétière, Wandhaff, Luxembourg


2018
Petites Peintures d’Hiver, Ceysson & Bénétière, St Etienne, France

2016
Contrails, Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Paris
Archives rêvées, mémoires de peintres, Maison d'Art Contemporain Chailloux, Fresnes, France

2015
Once upon a time, Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Geneva, Switzerland
Special guest, Galerie Zürcher, New York, USA

2014
Canevas, Galerie Bernard Ceysson Luxembourg

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

2012
Peintures pour chambre à coucher, Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Paris, France
Wall Art Fair, Lyon, France
Franck Chalendard, Christian Floquet, Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Geneva, Switzerland

2011
Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Luxembourg

2010
Peintures sur papier, Galerie Bernard Ceysson, St Etienne, France

2009
Plans sur la comète, Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Paris, France
Galerie de l'Hôtel du département, Conseil Général de la Haute-Loire, France

2008
Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Luxembourg

2007
Centre régional d'art contemporain de Lacoux - Biennale de Lyon, France

2006
Le 10neuf, Centre régional d'art contemporain, Montbéliard, France
Iac galerie, St Etienne, France
Galerie Gubbioti, Clermont Ferrand, France

2003
Groupe d'Art Contemporain, Annonay, France

2002
Galerie DWLV, Lausanne, Switzerland
Galerie Nìna Menocal - Mexico, Mexico

2001
Galerie Julìo Gonzales, Arcueil, France

2000
La Borne - « Le pays où le ciel est toujours bleu », Orléans, France

1999
Galerie François Rivier, Vevey, Switzerland
Musée d'Art et d'Histoire, Cholet, France

1989
Galerie Tonnerre de Brest, St Etienne, France
Galerie du Haut Pavé, Paris, France

1997
Galerie Abel Joseph, Brussels, Belgium


Group shows

2019
Grande section !, Centre d'art contemporain La Halle des Bouchers, Vienna, France

2018
10 Years in Luxembourg, Ceysson & Bénétière, Wandhaff, Luxembourg

2016
Diverses sont les lignes de la vie, Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Wandhaff, Luxembourg
Exposition inaugurale, Villa Balthazar, Valence
, France
La puissance géographique, Galerie Delacroix, Institut Français de Tanger
, France
Non figuratif - un regain d'intérêt ?, Abbaye Saint André Centre d'art contemporain, Meymac, France
Art Brussels, Galerie Bernard Ceysson
NADA, Galerie Bernard Ceysson

2015
"At the risk of color. Claude Viallat - Franck Chalendard, Macao", Tap Seac Gallery, Macau, China
Special new guest, Galerie Zürcher, New York, USA
Art Brussels, Galerie Bernard Ceysson
Art Genève, Galerie Bernard Ceysson
Art Rio, Galerie Bernard Ceysson
Drawing Now Art Fair Paris, Galerie Bernard Ceysson

2014
Abstraction / Figuration, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rennes
, France 
Où commence le futur ?, collection du MAMAC, Galerie des Ponchettes, Nice, France
Art Brussel, Galerie Bernard Ceysson

2013
Échappées, Colombe Marcasiano, Égide Viloux - Agart, Amilly, France
Franck Chalendard - Jean-Marc Dublé, Orangerie, Château du Bourg, Perreux, France
Art Genève, Galerie Bernard Ceysson
Art Paris Art Fair


2012
Christian Floquet - Franck Chalendard, Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Geneva, Switzerland
La Ligne Passée, Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Luxembourg
Le geste et la couleur, École d'art Gérard Jacot, Belfort, France

2011
La peinture se porte bien en France, Instituto Cultural do Governo da R.A.E. de Macau, China
Bagarres générales V, Galerie Bernard Ceysson, St Etienne, France

2010
Choix d'un collectionneur, Musée Paul Dini, Villefranche sur Saône, France
Thema 4 : Abstraction(s), Galerie Bernard Ceysson, Luxembourg

2009
L'attraction de l'Espace, Musée d'art Moderne St Etienne Métropole, France
Bagarres générales IV, Galerie Bernard Ceysson, St Etienne, France 

2007
Galerie du Haut Pavé, Paris, France
Quelle actualité en Rhône-alpes, Musée Paul Dini, Villefranche-sur-Saône, France
Regards croisés, Galerie Paul Gabert, Paris, France 

2006
Bagarres générales, Galerie Iac, St Etienne, France
Au fil des jours / Sur le fil du rasoir, carte blanche à Philippe Cyroulnik , Galerie Pitch, Paris, France
De toutes les couleurs la peinture, Le 19, Centre régional d'art contemporain, Montbéliard, France

2005
La peau du chat, Carlota Charmet et les collectionneurs, Musée de l'Abbaye Ste Croix, Les Sables d'Olonne, France

2004
La peau du chat, Carlota Charmet et les collectionneurs, Centre d'art de Tanlay, Artothèque de Caen
, France

2003
Galerie municipale Julìo Gonzales, Arcueil
, France
Novembre à Vitry, galerie municipale, Vitry-sur-Seine, France

2002
Artistas franceses, Musée de Quérétaro, Mexico, Mexico
Otro capitulo, Musée de Puebla, Mexico, Mexico

2000
Les 20 ans de 20 artistes, Assemblée Nationale, Paris
, France

1998
L'abstraction et ses territoires, le 19, Centre régional d'art contemporain, Montbéliard, 
France
Peintures démarches actuelles 1, Villa du Parc, Annemasse, France
Hommage à Olivier Debré, Assemblée Nationale, Paris, France

1997
Salon de la jeune peinture, Paris
, France
Galerie Mic'Art, Lille, France
Galerie Mic'Art, Linéart, Gand, Belgique

1996
La fabrique de parasols hors les murs, Galerie associative, Paris
, France
Sur 3 notes autour de Geer van Velde, Galerie Louis Bernard, Polignac, France

1995
Art dans la ville, Musée d'Art Moderne de St Etienne
, France
Artistes stéphanois, gallery Nitrianska Stana-Nitra, Bratislava, Slovaquie

1994
Tendances contemporaines, Institut Casino- Pierre Guichard, St Etienne
, France
Sans titre, L'embarcadère, Lyon, France

1993
Au fond de la cour, O.T.I., St Etienne
, France

1992
Trienal Latina, Vieno do Castelo, Portugal
Le choix d'un collectionneur, Louis Bernard, Paris
, France


Residencies

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


Public Collections

2010
Musée d'Art Moderne et d'Art Contemporain de Nice
, France
Fond National d'Art Contemporain, France

2007
Collection Banque Société Générale, Paris
, France
Philharmonie du Luxembourg

2006
Banque Européenne d'Investissement, Luxembourg

2007
Embassy of France, Mexico, Mexico
French Alliance of Mexico, Mexico

2001
Assemblée Nationale, Paris
, France

1998
Musée d'art Moderne, St Etienne
, France

2016

Franck Chalendard, Yves Michaud, Éric de Chassey, Sandrine Chalendard, Bernard Ceysson, Anne Favier, Tristan Trémeau, Éditions Modernes - Ceysson, Saint-Étienne, published in french and english.


2015

Monographie Franck Chalendard, Bernard CEYSSON, Karim GHADDAB, Tristan TREMEAU, éditions IAC, Saint-Etienne, France


2013

Les jeux de constructions graphiques de Franck Chalendard, Le Progrès, 3 October 3rd


2009

Plans sur la comète, Bernard Ceysson, catalogue pour l'exposition, October - November

Le pire n'est jamais certain, Sandrine Peyre, Chalendard et Clot, exposition Hôtel du département, Conseil Général de la Haute-Loire, France


2008

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


2007

Pour Franck Chalendard, Bernard Ceysson, Franck Chalendard Peinture 2004-2007,  éditions IAC, Saint-Etienne, France

Franck Chalendard, Eric de Chassey, 20 ans d'exposition 1986-2006, Galerie du Haut Pavé, Paris, France


2006

Enfin, presque !, Hervé Audouard, Franck Chalendard. Sur le fil du Rasoir, édition Thoba's, Roanne, France

Et ainsi les saisons se déroulèrent pour entrer dans l'été comme le promeneur s'avance dans une herbe de plus en plus haute, Bernard Ceysson, Franck Chalendard. Sur le fil du Rasoir, édition Thoba's, Roanne, France

Avant-ProposEric de Chassey, Franck Chalendard. Sur le fil du Rasoir, édition Thoba's, Roanne, France

Au risque du tableau, Philippe Cyroulnik, Franck Chalendard. Sur le fil du Rasoir, édition Thoba's, Roanne, France


2004

Préface, Benoit Decron, Jacques Py, Claire Tanguy, catalogue "La peau du chat. Carlota Charmet et les collectionneurs", éditions Somogy, Paris, France

Carlota Charmet une femme engagée au service de l'art et des artistesEmilie Bernard, catalogue "La peau du chat. Carlota Charmet et les collectionneurs", éditions Somogy, Paris, France

Franck Chalendard, Patrick Roussel, catalogue "La peau du chat. Carlota Charmet et les collectionneurs", éditions Somogy, Paris, France


2003

Enfin Presque !, Hervé Audouard, Plaquette G.A.C., Annonay, France


2000

Notes, Franck Chalendard, catalogue "La borne", Orléans, France

Philippe Cyroulnik, catalogue "Aux couleurs du Printemps", Assemblée Nationale, France

BricolesFranck Lamy, Peinture, démarches actuelles 1, édition Villa du Parc, Annemasse, France

Jean-Louis Pradel, catalogue "Hommage à Olivier Debré", Assemblée Nationale, France


1999

Ce qui fait sensEric Suchère, catalogue Musée d'art et d'histoire, Cholet, France

Dessins, Franck Chalendard, Les cahiers intempestifs, n°9, November


1998

Distance et DépenseEric de Chassey, Ninety, n°26, Paris

Franck ChalendardCatherine Flohic, Ninety, n°26, Paris

Identité compositeYves Michaud, L'abstraction et ses territoires, édition le 19, Crac, Montbéliard

Identité compositeYves Michaud, in Connaissance des Arts n° 550, May


1993

A une sérénité inquièteHervé Audouard, Chalendard-Gibert-Lacombe, éditions de la Borne, Le Puy-en-Velay

Saint Étienne Le magazine « ÇA C’EST SAINT-ETIENNE »
Saint Étienne Le Magazine -
December 16, 2020
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FRANCK CHALENDARD, TRENTE ANS DE PEINTURE
Connaissances des Arts - Marie Martaens
March 18, 2020
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VERS L'ORDRE DES CHOSES, FRANCK CHALENDARD PEINTRE
Point contemporain - Colin Lemoine
March 17, 2020
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Un art voué à l'essentiel
Luxembourg Wort - Alain Bohler
March 16, 2020
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À L'ÉTRANGER
Arts Libre -
March 11, 2020
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Franck Chalendard en hibernation
L'Essor - Daniel Brignon
January 27, 2018
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Luxemburger Wort - Nathalie Becker
September 14, 2016
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The lines of life are various...
The lines of life are various...
November 03, 2016
Franck Chalendard, Contrails
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September 17, 2016