Echoing his exhibition in the Château de Versailles, Xavier Veilhan opens the doors of seven modernist houses, from California to Europe. Through his contemporary works he creates a dialogue with the singular architecture of these places (original soundtrack by Nicolas Godin / Air).
“What is the ultimate place where I would like to show my work?” Architectones by Xavier Veilhan immerges in this new adventure and explores the creative process, the exhibitions and performances. The artist appropriates the architecture and revives these iconic houses thus offering a new and ultra-contemporary vision of modernism. This DVD includes the film score, original music by Nicolas Godin (Air) recorded at the concert performed in the Church of Saint Bernadette du Banlay, in the city of Nevers. The DVD also includes a booklet with Xavier Veilhan's interview with architect Claude Parent, recorded for this film.
Through his portraits and landscapes, his bestiary and his architectures, Xavier Veilhan (born 1963 in Lyon, lives and works in Paris) pursues a constantly regenerated reflection on the status of representation and the materialization of an idea, using the same space for sculpture, painting and photography. A manufacturer of the visible, he invents works, images, and objects that hesitate between the familiar and the strange. Interested in modernity and using references ranging from classical statuary to Futurism and Op art, Veilhan has been compared to artists such as Damien Hirst and Jeff Koons. For Jean-Pierre Criqui he is "a perfect example of a Pop artist for the 21st century, with an accessible formal vocabulary and referents, while at the same time cultivating a certain air of detachment and reserve in his use of affects, thereby distancing himself from the empathy aroused by direct borrowings from the sphere of commodities and the media."