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Fröbel Frobeled : Aurélien Froment at the Contemporary Art Gallery of Vancouver

March 24, 2014 | By Francecanadaculture Canada

The Contemporary Art Gallery presents the first solo exhibition in Canada by French artist Aurélien Froment, comprising an ambitious body of newly commissioned work. Froment has produced an exhibition which focuses on the series of educational toys (Spielgaben) designed by Friedrich Fröbel (1782–1852), the German founder of the original Kindergarten. For Froment as for Fröbel, each shape begets another, each form foreshadows a second; all images are keys to other images. Replicas have been produced based on historical artifacts, presenting for the first time in an exhibition the play gifts in the complete sequence as imagined by their author. The objects are presented alongside an ensemble of photographs, which map Fröbel’s pedagogy, while drawing connections with earlier, as well as future uses of the geometric grid. Fröbel Fröbeled is therefore an exhibition on Fröbel, with Fröbel — an exploration of his art, as well as a reflection on what lies beneath his system of objects.

The exhibition is made in collaboration with Villa Arson, Nice, France; Spike Island, Bristol, UK; Frac Île de France — Le Plateau, Paris, France; Heidelberger Kunstverein, Germany.

Born in 1976 in Angers, France, Aurélien Froment lives and works in Dublin. Aurélien Froment is represented by Marcelle Alix, Paris

The exhibition is supported by the Consulat Général de France à Vancouver and Institut français.

January 24 to March 15, 2014
Contemporary Art Gallery - Vancouver
555 Nelson St, Vancouver

Opening reception : Thursday, January 23, 7 pm
Artist in attendance

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