French visual artist, Olivier Ratsi at La Gaite Lyrique until October 31st- Blessed are the cracked, for they shall let the light in

Dear Shaded Viewers,

I was reading the IG posts by Honour thy lovers this morning and got inspired to visit the current exhibition at La Gaite Lyrique of the French artist, Olivier Ratsi. Olivier Ratsi’s work is based on deconstruction or fragmentation of space and time. The viewer is meant to experience the work and question their own interpretation of what is real. For some it will be transcending, for others, a playground of light and lightness, infinity and mystery. If you have children, I’m sure they will enjoy getting lost in a sea of light.

Reservations are necessary. Closed Mondays.

2pm-8pm Tuesday -Friday, 12h-7pm on weekends.

La Gaîté Lyrique
Musiques & futurs alternatifs
3 bis rue Papin – 75003 Paris

“Blessed are the cracked, for they will let the light through”: behind this quote attributed to Michel Audiard, the artist and visual artist Olivier Ratsi invites visitors to question their senses and their perception of colours, shapes and light. The exhibition is overtly immersive and experimental, but insofar as the visitor’s consciousness is entirely involved in the process of experimentation as such: in other words, it is in the fusion between the artist’s works, a set of large luminous paintings-sculptures, and our gaze that the experience comes to life. Olivier Ratsi’s anamorphic works thus draw our entire body into a device of which it is ultimately the missing piece: the play of illusions, the optical phenomena, all of this only works from the moment when the visitor’s active gaze seeks to locate, through its innumerable movements in the illuminated spaces of the Gaîté lyrique, the ideal point of view into which to merge. The tour is nonetheless playful and allows all types of audience to resonate with these hybrid works. Here, the artist’s aim seems to be to challenge the overload of technology that sometimes limits our perspectives and constrains our gaze to the four corners of a pixelated screen: the exhibition is then just another way of giving the eye back its power to see. What Audiard’s saying reflects is that, in the end, you have to be a little crazy to be open-minded.” Arts-in-the-city

Heureux soient les fêlés : l’exposition d’Olivier Ratsi qui illumine la Gaîté Lyrique


Below is a video from seven years ago but it will allow you to experience his work.


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.