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Mural inscription quoted by Francesca Pirillo
Made in Mind ✩ Francesca Pirillo

Made in mind
Francesca Pirillo

Eric from MA'A*: Francesca, you are editor-in-chief of the Made in Mind magazine and curator of the exhibition CONTRE NATURE at the Alfred Boucher workshop of the La Ruche-Seydoux Foundation. According to a figure like you, what is the genesis of creation?

Francesca Pirillo: "Art without revolution is plastic!"

I found this anonymous quote on a wall in Milan as I looked up to the sky. I think that a work of art must be a revolution in itself, not necessarily political, but a force capable of stimulating its observer's deep thoughts. Artists allow us to see beyond the surface. The view, the intellect, the sensitivity and the intuition of artists are keys that allow us to approach works of art as so.

Paintings 18 Pigments and acrylic resin on canvas ✩ Regis Rizzo©

Vein ✩ Organic textile sculpture ✩ José Man Lius©

Eric: What is your editorial vision in the field of Art and Culture?

Francesca Pirillo: The editorial line of Made in Mind magazine searches for emerging artists and focuses on promoting them. The artists tell their story and offer their view on a network of informed amateurs. This magazine is a broadcasting and documenting tool for contemporary trends.

Our strategy is quality and an exclusive selection of artists. We do not let ourselves be seduced by already digested or outdated proposals. We are looking for aspiring sprouts to structure. Our independence allows us to decide on our own, to make bold choices that do not scare financial backers. We also appreciate the new technological means that make it possible to develop innovative editorial projects that are easy to share on the web and abroad. 

In recent years, many new digital publishing projects have emerged thanks to low costs, which have enabled a greater freedom of expression. I am very interested in this aspect of information sharing.

With Google and social networks, the acceleration of instant information is a complex issue that affects the management of a huge amount of data, which has changed the production of articles. For an independent paper magazine in the digital age, it's not easy to find one's own space. But this strength is acquired over time with archives and documentation in libraries — space of knowledge, thoughts and passions. The durability of beautiful paper is a fundamental aspect of publishing. Documentation is the memory of our time and experiences. That is why Made in Mind is printed on "Fine-Arts" quality paper.

Lycaons Pigments and acrylic resin on canvas ✩ Regis Rizzo©

Paintings 18 Pigments and acrylic resin on canvas ✩ Regis Rizzo©

Eric: The CONTRE NATURE exhibition is different this year. Why gather three artists and not simply focus on one as in previous years?

Francesca Pirillo: Involving international artists in one project has the advantage of creating greater synergy. I like working in a team, I think it's a constructive and, in some ways, unpredictable method. The structure of the project is built on dialogue and confrontation. The artists themselves communicate and engage in confrontation, with their personal experiences and their creative poetics.

I believe this aspect is very important. The contemporary artistic practice has lost a bit of this state of mind: artists are more and more focused on themselves and their solitary work, we no longer feel the need for this confrontation which has characterized the great artistic movements of the past. In my opinion, the current artistic trends, which are now very fragmented, have lost in strength and implication. The artists involved in this exhibition have different ways and means of expression. Through the "against nature" theme, I invited them to confront one another and represent their ideas. Three different interpretations have emerged from this.

Organic vs GMO ✩ Scarified apples: the quality of fruit preservation is linked to preservatives and antibiotics that we consume daily ✩ Photography ✩ José Man Lius©

Mrs Simone Morris ✩ Laceration made of recycled leather from the leatherwork industry ✩ José Man Lius©

Régis Rizzo has contrasted animal nature and the industrial world, creating a "visual oxymoron" aiming to shake the viewer. In his pictorial series, we find a representation of disturbed environments. The result is a contrast between the exploitation created by the consumerist ideology and the presence, despite everything, of Nature.

For José Man Lius, the theme in question must be found in research on body hybridization and genetic mutation, thus identifying the limit that man has overcome through science, that is to say, by approaching artifice. In his work, he allowed himself to be inspired and guided by body matter. This work led to the representation of biological alterations through the tearing of leather strips, figurations referring to scarification practices, lacerations of the skin, vibrating organs that immediately become sculptural ritual objects.

Engraving on paper ✩ Daniele Martignoni©

Daniele Martignoni has conducted an investigation into the condition of man and one's contextualization in the digital age. The "against nature" concept has been identified in the changes that technology has brought to the very existence of man. One's body representations are broken apart, fragmented into pixels by an image decoding process, which introduces interference into the initial design, a kind of intrinsic system "error". But it is precisely in error that the artist identifies what is real, a visible residue of an automated deconstruction process. He describes, through the decomposed figures and the depersonalization of artistic gestures, the growing distance between human beings and reality, the destruction of human relations in the present and the resulting internal conflict within contemporary men.

The CONTRE NATURE exhibition offers an experience, a path, a journey through the interface of three unique views. The answers to the theme's questions will be found in the combination of different artistic visions that will lead to more diverse, complete, rich and human thoughts. 

Collective exhibition from February 28th to March 10th  Opening ceremony on March 1st  from 2pm to 7pm
La Ruche-Seydoux 
✩ 2 passage Dantzig ✩ 
75015 Paris
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Ecstasies ✩ Saint Pons Abbey ✩ Ernest Pignon-Ernes©

History of the Visionaries
City of Artists

The former Wine Rotunda of the 1900 World Fair is a polygonal hive-shaped building with a metal frame designed by Gustave Eiffel. The entrance gate is from the Women's Pavilion. It was taken in 1902 by the sculptor Alfred Boucher, then reassembled at the southern end of the district of Montparnasse, to make it into a social reception for young artists. Among its most illustrious tenants, Modigliani, Soutine, Brancusi, Marie Laurencin and Chagall. Many artists, often foreigners, have been able to continue their work here.

In this swarm of talents, there were also poets and writers like Max Jacob and Blaise Cendrars. Very quickly, the place became an address synonymous with intense artistic creation, hence the nickname La Ruche (fr. "Hive") given by Alfred Boucher himself who named the artists "his bees". Threatened with destruction, La Ruche was saved by a strong mobilization of artists, then by its purchase, in 1971, by René and Geneviève Seydoux. Since 2017, La Ruche has an exhibition hall, the Atelier Alfred Boucher, located on the ground floor in the Danzig passage.

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Tender porcelain ✩ Adeline André©

Gang de Chaîne ✩ Malachi Farrell©

Erase the snow ✩ Marie-Pierre Guillon©

The quest for harmony
Susumu Shingu


"The alchemy of Susumu Shingu's creations lies in the poetic mixture of a
subtle breath of air, the shine of water and different color shades."

At the Mudam : The Grand Duke Jean Museum of Modern Art

Susumu Shingu's Art, embodied by the search for harmony, could not exist without Nature. His work is built on the constant and moving interaction between the rhythms and the vibrations of Nature, such that wind, water, light, rain, snow become the main actors of his creations. His elegant sculptures are animated by the slightest blow and reveal the intangible but omnipresent presence of air. Their mechanical precision is remarkable.

Their perfect balance allows them to adapt to the environment and react fluidly to the slightest mood of natural forces. This "atmospheric" material sculpted by the artist emphasizes his relationship with the world, his ecological conscience. For more than thirty years, Susumu Shingu has been creating sculptures that move with the wind and the force of water. The richness and depth of natural energy continually stimulate his imagination and creativity.

At the Mudam : The Grand Duke Jean Museum of Modern Art

Born in Osaka in 1937, this Japanese artist, who graduated from the Tokyo University of Arts, began his project, the Wind Caravan in the year 2000. The founding idea of the projec was to use light sculptures without a fixed location to explore places he has never been to before.
These places were strongly beaten by the wind and devoid of electricity, thus conducive to research on the earth's natural energy. The Wind Caravan journey began in Japan in 2000, then continued in New Zealand, Finland, Morocco, Mongolia, and ended in Brazil in 2001.

 "I want to express the rhythm of Nature, the natural energies of the wind,
water and gravity, through my works."

The Susumu Shingu Wind Museum was inaugurated in 2014; it presented twelve outdoor sculptures in the Arimafuji Park of Sanda (Japan) where the artist lives. In 2018, the Mudam (Luxembourg), presented the Spaceship exhibition, the first of its magnitude in a European museum: in the park of Mudam, with Wind Caravan, it was a set of 21 sculptures animated by the wind, while the Grand Hall hosted Water Tree, a majestic work playing with water and its reflections. Activated by the water's stream, its particular branches made circular movements in the space and dispersed droplets, infinitely.


"What interests me is the synchronization of the outdoor rhythm, that of nature, with the inner rhythm.
Every man has this rhythm deep within him, but he does not always realize it."


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Text by Barbara Marshall

Also in February

Palais de Tokyo©


 Nuit de la Géométrie by Cédric Villani©


Fondation Groupe EDF©

Yves Saint Laurent Museum©

Denise René Gallery©

Memory Maps by Tim Bickertonw©