Johan Creten “Sunrise/Sunset” opens tomorrow at Perrotin Paris, Marais till March 10 th.

Dear Shaded Viewers,

Belgian artist Johan Creten is credited with being the precursor of the ceramics revival in contemporary art, alongside Thomas Schutte and in the wake of Lucio Fontana. Creten has proven to be a true trailblazer  with his use of traditional techniques viscerally exploring themes like beauty, nature, sexuality and politics. He straddles the border between painting and sculpture. There is a profound depth that comes through in the way Creten sculpts, fires and glazes his work.  “The work of Johan Creten raises ceramics from a poor relation to a noble art.”

“As an admirer of Antiquity, the silence of marble and the mystery of bronze, Johan Creten is a champion of “Slow Art”; his works reveal themselves slowly, they require time. They must be visited thoroughly, supremely, using both the eyes and the feet. Contemplation and convolution are crucial, as we are reminded by his Points d’observation/ Viewpoints, which, much like bollards or mooring posts, anchor the viewers and demand time, hindsight and distance—both visual and critical. The exhibition will present spectacular pieces such as the monumental bronze De Gier (2015–2017), alongside more intimate, confidential works like Vulvas or the series of photographs C’est dans ma nature. From Wargames to The Strip, each artwork is an exploration of our relationships with the world—physical and mental, real and imaginary— filled with fantasies, obsessions and flashes of brilliance. “Sunrise / Sunset” will move us by its solar beauty. This new presentation of Johan Creten’s œuvre will show us a committed and lucid artist—lucid because he is committed—whose works are epiphanies of deep-seated beauty. For that is the risk of any aesthetic and political project: staring straight into the sun often burns the eyes and skin.”

76 RUE DE TURENNE – 75003

Tuesday – Saturday 11h – 19h

There will be a conversation between Johan Creten & Colin Lemoine Saturday January 13th 15h – 16h Salle de Bal, 60 rue de Turenne, 75003 Paris

free entrance



Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.