Claire Adelfang

  • Intérieur - Extérieur
    May 4, 2018 - September 2, 2018
    Château de Versailles
    Petit Trianon
    Versailles, France

    To mark the completion of the work on the Queen's House and its reopening, the Palace is hosting an exhibition of photos by Claire Adelfang, a young photographer who captured the location in 2015 before its restoration, in the Petit Trianon from 4 May to 2 September.


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  • Book Launch & Book Signing
    December 15, 2016 - December 15, 2016
    Paris Marais

    Thursday 15 December 2016 at 6.30pm

    On the occasion of the official launch of Claire Adelfang's first catalogue Impossible Fa­çon edited in honor of the artist's solo exhibition at Le Musée des Beaux-Arts d'Orléans, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac would like to invite you to the cocktail in honor of the Book Launch & Book Signing Event at the Gallery in le Marais on the 15th of December at 6.30pm. 

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  • Impossible Façon
    November 18, 2016 - January 15, 2017
    Musée des Beaux-Arts d'Orléans
    Place Sainte Croix, Orléans, France

    Opening: Thursday 17 November, 7pm

    For the title of her first monographic museum exhibition, Claire Adelfang chose a fragment from a poem by Gherasim Luca: Impossible Façon, to emphasize the implacable and genuine character of her photographic approach. Claire Adelfang brings to light abandoned places that are silent witnesses of a bygone era. The artist constructs her images to materialize what she likes to call the “Strata of History”. The word strata is a perfect match, as it evokes the accumulation of sediments —stratification — that the archeologist unearths and analyses one after another with the aim to understand a place and its history, the passage of time and the captured traces of the vanished. Beauty is secondary and almost accidental.

    On the occasion of her exhibition and as a tribute to the city of Orléans, Claire Adelfang reached out to the heritage of Orléans and developed a new series dedicated to an emblematic place that will be brought back to life soon, Les Vinaigreries Dessaux. This unseen series composed of 7 photographs is a new step in the exhibition path of other fascinating places that the artist has focused on in the past years, as for example le Hameau de la Reine at the Château de Versailles, submarine bases of the Atlantic coast or le Palais Garnier in Paris. Starting from a historical residence, a military ruin or an industrial relic, Claire Adelfang stimulates the fascinating mechanisms of memory and her latest series on the vinegar factory will for sure captivate and surprise the audience, while enabling an almost philosophical approach to the challenges of the preservation of cultural heritage.

    Claire Adelfang was born in 1984 in Paris where she still lives and works today. She studied at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris where she joined the workshop of Patrick Tosani and graduated in 2009. Photographs and videos of Claire Adelfang have been discover- ed by the public during exhibitions held by the association Friends of l‘Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris in 2010 and 2011. Her video Les Forges has been part of the Nuit Blanche 2013 at l‘Ora- toire du Louvre in Paris and in 2016 Claire Adelfang had an exhibition at Palais de Tokyo as part of Choices Paris. Le Musée de Versailles, la Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris et du Musée d‘Art Contemporain du Val de Marne have works by Claire Adelfang in their collection.

    A catalogue will be published to accompany the exhibition featuring a text written by Matthieu Lelièvre, curator of the exhibition, and an interview with the artist and Étienne Hatt, writer and reporter forArtPress. 

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  • Only Six Buckets for all this Water
    April 23, 2016 - June 12, 2016
    Les Moulins de Paillard
    Poncé-sur-le-loir, France

    Originating from the Six Bassins of 1964, nine hydro structures have emerged. Only Six Buckets for All This Water uses the riverbed to reflect the limits of human communication and knowledge. With works showing the evasive potential of language or the calculations of ever-changing areas, this exhibition attempts to define that which is constant flux.

    The flood plane… Although communities have historically thrived along river banks for energy, transport and irrigation, the Hydro Concept under, the law Grenelle, promotes a return to the unpredictable natural state capable of provoking mass displacement, submerged architecture, zones non ædificandi. 


    Claire Adelfang, Photographs. Courtesy of the Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Paris/Salzburg

    Alexandre-Sébastien Gérard, Le Canal du Loir - Le 8e Projet : 1822-1840. Map. 

    Les Moulins de Paillard. Méthode d’Exhaustion 2015 - 2016. Photographs and video. 

    SAGE Hydro Concept 2013. Files and Maps.

    Andrei Tarkovsky, Solaris, 1972. Film 145 minutes.

    Andrei Tarkovsky, Stalker, 1979. Film 163 minutes.


    curators : James Porter and Shelly De Vito

    associate curator : Matthieu Lelièvre


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  • Les Forges / NUIT BLANCHE 2013
    October 5, 2013 - October 6, 2013
    Oratoire du Louvre
    Paris, France

    The Oratoire du Louvre will host Claire Adelfang's video Les Forges (2013) on the occasion of the Nuit Blanche 2013, taking place on the evening of Saturday 5 October, from 7pm to 1am. The beautiful architecture of this 17th century church will enter in a poetic dialogue with the industrial forms of an abandoned ruin.


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    June 8, 2013 - September 1, 2013

    Curated by Ashok Adicéam, this is the third contamporary art exhibition which integrates the city of Dinard in its relationship with its seaside environment. 

    Not Vital will present the sculpture Moon #2, 2011 and Claire Adelfang the photograph Chambre d'éclatement #2, 2013.

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