As Handsome as the Chance Encounter

Top: Grégoire Motte, The Foutain of International Mussels, 2018 © Grégoire Motte.

Bottom: View of As Handsome as the Chance Encounter, 2020 © RAM Galleri / Preben HolstGrégoire Motte

Curator's guided tour of As Handsome as the Chance Encounter

RAM invites you to a guided tour in the exhibition As Handsome as the Chance Encounter by curator Johanna Zanon, Saturday 29 February, 2pm. The tour will be held in English.

Contemporary fashion and art meet in this exhibition inspired by the poem Les Chants de Maldoror (1869) by the Comte de Lautréamont, showing for the first time in Norway, creations of Paris-based fashion designers – Clinique Vestimentaire, Coralie Marabelle, Mansour Martin, and Proêmes de Paris – together with works of both French and Norwegian emerging artists – Grégoire Motte, Jara Marken, Pia Antonsen Rognes, and Steffen André Nilsen.

‘Chance was a decisive factor in making this exhibition,’ writes Zanon in the catalogue for the exhibition. A combination of events resulted in the accidental encounter of two projects originally conceived separately, one on Paris-based emerging fashion designers, and another on small art objects and limited editions by young Scandinavian artists. Their timely encounter confirms the merit of creative constraints. It was while looking for a way to bring together two bodies of work that seemed, at first glance, totally alien to each other that Zanon reminisced the famous quote from Les Chants de Maldoror: ‘as handsome [...] as the chance encounter upon a dissecting table of a sewing machine and an umbrella.’ Could the exhibition space become the dissecting table of fashion designs and works of art?

At RAM Gallery, Oslo. 

February 29, 2020 from 2 to 3 pm.

Read more on the exhibition.

See the exhibition's digital tour.

See a review of the exhibition in Kunstavisen (in Norwegian).

See the vernissage on February 27.

See the exhibition book.

See a review of the exhibition book in Cahiers Lautréamont (in French).