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Opening : Tuesday May 7, 2013 at 6:30 pm Performance by Émilie Rousset and Perle Palombe, from the troup John Corporation, and Hippolyte Hentgen at 7 pm Exhibition : May 10 to July 13, 2013 Press relations : Cyrille Guitard - +33 (0)2 90 09 64 11 - [email protected] Press Kit Production et diffusion d’art contemporain 48 avenue Sergent Maginot, f-35000 Rennes +33 (0)2 90 09 64 11 [email protected] - Hippolyte Hentgen Night Sound

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Opening : Tuesday May 7, 2013 at 6:30 pmPerformance by Émilie Rousset and Perle Palombe, from the troup John Corporation, and Hippolyte Hentgen at 7 pm

Exhibition : May 10 to July 13, 2013

Press relations : Cyrille Guitard - +33 (0)2 90 09 64 11 - [email protected]

Press Kit

Production et diffusion d’art contemporain

48 avenue Sergent Maginot, f-35000 Rennes+33 (0)2 90 09 64 [email protected] -

Hippolyte HentgenNight Sound

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ContentsPress release .......................................................................... 3

Biography .............................................................................. 4

Images ................................................................................. 6

Text ...................................................................................... 7

40mcube ..............................................................................11

Practical informations .............................................................14

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Production et diffusion d’art contemporain

48 avenue Sergent Maginot, f-35000 Rennes+33 (0)2 90 09 64 [email protected] -

Press release

Opening times : Tuesday to Saturday from 2 pm to 6 pm. Free entrance. Closed on bank holidays.Guided and group tours available (must be booked in advance).

Press relations : Cyrille Guitard ([email protected] - +33 (0)2 90 09 64 11). High resolution images available for editorial coverage.


Hippolyte HentgenNight Sound

Exhibition May 10 to July 13, 2013Opening May 7, 2013 at 6:30Performance by Émilie Rousset and Perle Palombe, from the troup John Corporation, and Hippolyte Hentgen at 7 pm

Hippolyte Hentgen is a duo of artists formed by Gaëlle Hippolyte and Lina Hentgen, the name being the combination of their last names, but also the creation of a third entity that represents their joint work. The invention of a character is at the foundation of their work that draws on 1930s cartoon and comic strip, Oyvind Falström, American alternative culture and graphic arts (Robert Crumb, Mike Kelley, …), 18th century painting, the style of interwar posters, George Herriman, outsider art and of course modern art.

Based on drawings that can sometimes become sculptures, Hippolyte Hentgen’s work, clearly is figurative, prolific and unrestrained, jubilatory and full of humour, but also melancholic. The depicted landscapes often are urban or industrial zones, the working scenes in which the characters are placed form part of the collective memory because they have been used and reused in advertising and in the media, to the point that they have become clichés, the remains of a world in mutation. Hippolyte Hentgen manipulates those images using, in drawing, the mechanical reproduction of images, by putting into drawing photographs, printing drawings or associating the two media in the same piece.

Freely exploiting various medium and dimensions, Hippolyte Hentgen works with comic strips magazines or stage directors when he does not direct himself, as it was the case for the show Les Géomètres in which spacialised drawing became a volume.

The exhibition Night Sound in 40mcube focuses on this latter aspect of their work by putting together a series of drawings made from photographs found in art textbooks and a lunar décor built for a show by the troupe John Corporation. The exhibition links those two elements, staging drawing and using its great narration capacity. It becomes for the time of the opening a performance by Émilie Rousset and Perle Palombe, marked by the drawn figure of Sally Ride, astrophysicist and first American woman to have travelled in space. The décor goes back to being a sculpture when the performance is over, emphasising this multiplicity that characterises the work and the persona of Hippolyte Hentgen.

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Hippolyte HentgenGaëlle Hippolyte, born in 1977 in Perpignan (France).Lina Hentgen, born in 1980 in Clermont-Ferrand (France).Live and work in Paris (France).Hippolyte Hentgen is represented by Semiose gallery (Paris).


Gaëlle Hippolyte

2004 Master’s degree in fine art (DNSEP) – École nationale supérieure des beaux-arts de Paris (France).

Lina Hentgen

2005 Master’s degree in fine art (DNSEP) – Villa Arson, Nice (France).

SOLO SHOWS (selection)

2013 Night Sound – 40mcube, Rennes (France). Seconde Main – Chapelle du Gêneteil, Château-Gontier (France).2012 Chambre rose, chambre grise – Semiose gallery, Paris (France). La mauvaise réputation, Bordeaux (France).2011 Loin du Centre – Espace Kugler, Genève (Switzerland). Sans Titre – Performance, directed by Émilie Rousset, MAC/VAL, Vitry-sur-Seine (France).2010 De l'obscurité à midi – Tripode, Rezé (France). Insomnia – Galerie Édouard Manet, Gennevilliers (France). Les Solitaires – Semiose gallery, Paris (France). Les Ritournelles – Le Parvis art center, Ibos (France).2009 Mass Romantic – Le Parvis art center, Ibos (France). Cataclysme dans le jardin – Galerie A, Nice (France).2008 Strange Machine We are – Point Éphémère, Paris (France). Space Opera – Store front of Frédéric Giroux gallery, Paris (France).

GROUP SHOWS (selection)

2012 Sur un pied – Semiose gallery, Paris (France). Bête et méchant – The Window gallery, Paris (France). Les cousines – Iconoscope gallery, Montpellier (France). Ravines – Les Instants Chavirés, Montreuil (France).2011 Figures Vivaces – Galerie Croix-Baragnon, Toulouse (France). Les Innommables Grotesques – LMD Galerie, Paris (France). Et plus si affinités – Caen Art Lending Library (France). Nullportrait – Zink gallery, Berlin (Germany). Quelques rêves lucides – FRAC Champagne-Ardenne, Château du Grand Jardin, Joinville (France). Ondertenkend – Zet Fondation, Amsterdam (Netherlands).2010 Les vacances de Monsieur de Brian – Lieu Commun, Toulouse (France). Fantasmagoria – Les Abattoirs, Toulouse (France). Janet and the Iceberg – GHP gallery, Toulouse (France).2009 La face cachée de la Lune – Semiose gallery, Paris (France). Back to Drawing – Le Cabinet gallery, Paris (France). Le bureau des Ouragans – Lieu-Commun, Toulouse (France).2008 WAOOHHH ! – CRAC Alsace, Altkirch (France). Re-Vues – CRAC Languedoc-Roussillon, Sète (France). La poursuite – Point Éphémère, Paris (France).2007 Vite une échelle – Point Éphémère, Paris (France). With a Little Help From My Friends – 4 Wheels gallery, Nice (France).2006 Dessins Contemporains – Catherine Issert gallery, Saint-Paul-de-Vence (France).2005 Le renversement de la rétine – Contemporary art at Fontenay-le-Comte (France). Trait d'union – CRAC de Sète (France). J'en rêve – Fondation Cartier, Paris (France).2004 Valse – Musée Zadkine, Paris (France).2003 Lee 3 Tau Cety Central Armory Show – Villa Arson, Nice (France). Avant travaux – Versailles art center (France).

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Les Géomètres – Created by Hippolyte Hentgen with Hendrick Hegray, Jung Ae Kim, Yvan Clédat. Produced by Spielart Munich Theater Festival, Munich (Allemagne) and Vivarium Studio (Paris).


The City of Gennevilliers art collection.FRAC Champagne-Ardenne.Limousin Artothèque.


Rouge Gorge journal, (Just Married), 2012.M.E.R.C.U.R.E. journal, 2012.The Drawer journal, 2012.START journal, 2011.Claire Moulène, « Nouvelle tête, in Les Inrockuptibles, no 778, from october 27th to november 2nd, 2010.Le Monde, september 6, 2010, review by Emmanuelle Lequeux.Les Cahiers du Mac/Val, Val-de-Marne contemporary art museum.« Carte blanche spécial FIAC », in Technikart, october 2010.DEUX, Coédition Villa-Saint-Clair / Sémiose édition, 2009.Roven journal, no 2, 2009.Particules journal, no 25, july 2009.Le cortège des Zèbres, Villa-Saint-Clair publisher, 2004.

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Hippolyte Hentgen, drawing part of the series Sentiments Adrift, 2012, black pencil on Arches paper. Courtesy Semiose galerie.

Hippolyte Hentgen, drawing part of the series Les enfants de septembre (d’après Paper Faces de Michael Grater, 1968), 2012. Courtesy Semiose galerie.Photo : Aurélie Mole.

Hippolyte Hentgen, Le Tapir, 2010, colouring pencil on paper, 61 × 41 cm. Courtesy Semiose galerie.

Décor built and drawn by Hippolyte Hentgen for the play Mars-Watchers, troupe John Corporation, 2012.

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About Hippolyte Hentgen’s work

« Cet éclat et cette splendeur dont s’entoure la société productrice de marchandises et le sentiment illusoire de sa sécurité ne sont pas à l’abri des menaces »

Walter Benjamin, Paris, Capitale du dix-neuvième siècle.

Gaëlle Hippolyte and Lina Hentgen’s work combines multiple sources; proudly borrowing from cartoons or 1930s comic strips, or referring as much to Oyvind Falström than to American alternative culture and graphic arts (Robert Crumb, Mike Kelley...)

The simplified and burlesque figures developed by Gaëlle Hippolyte and Lina Hentgen, often at full-scale, take up the space in a sensible manner. Created with a rapid, spontaneous and monochromatic drawing, those figures act like a series of protean collages that interfere with the exhibition space.

As an echo to those telegraphic fictions, Gaëlle Hippolyte and Lina Hentgen have been developing a series of work of sculpture and ordering of volumes, combining references to modernity and to spectacle that serve as a prelude to an investigation of the place and of its uses.

The projects combine, in a recurrent way, volumes, drawings, installations, in a topographic formula very similar to an urban industrial landscape’s. The different propositions usually invite the spectator on a journey that is an implicit reference to the modern city, the industry and labour. The different installations communicate and offer a space composed of tiny islands.

With Gaëlle Hippolyte and Lina Hentgen, the images of a factory are as many representations of the illusion of progress and of human condition. Those images evolve from a search of the plastic effect to an account of a story and a critical examination of the facts. The models, the full-scale installations offer a postmodern and mechanic still life, inviting us into a fiction made up of images.

The sculptures-objects are also an evocation of the industrial and utopic photography of the end of the nineteenth century, or more recently of Bernd and Hilla Becher. Questioning progress and the hegemony of industrialisation, the installations and sculptures can be walked around but are impenetrable, giving an illustration to Auguste Blanqui’s observation of the modern man’s condition: “The same monotony, the same immobility... The universe repeats itself endlessly and paws the ground in place. In infinity, eternity performs — imperturbably — the same routines.”

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Artistic programming from 2001 to 2013 (selection)- Avec une bomme prise de conscience des divers segments du corps, votre geste sera plus précis dans l’eau, Loïc Raguénès, 2013.

- AGGER, Marion Verboom, 2012.

- Gisement et Extraction, Naïs Calmettes & Rémi Dupeyrat, 2012.

- Analnathrach, Antoine Dorotte, 2012.

- RN 137, Antoine Dorotte, Angélique Lecaille, Briac Leprêtre, Bevis Martin & Charlie Youle, Benoît-Marie Moriceau, Armand Morin, Samir Mougas, Julien Nédélec, Blaise Parmentier, Ernesto Sartori, Yann Sérandour, Mélanie Vincent, 2011.

- Stranger by Green, Yann Gerstberger, 2011.

- « We can never go back to Manderley », Sarah Fauguet & David Cousinard, 2011.

- Smears, Ida Tursic & Wilfried Mille, 2011.

- Use Once and Destroy, Stéphanie Cherpin, 2010.

- INGENIUM, Emmanuelle Lainé, 2010.

- Espèces d’hybrides, Guillaume Constantin, Vincent Ganivet, Laurent Perbos, Guillaume Poulain, Aurore Valade, 2010.

- L’enclos, Lina Jabbour, 2009.

- Trout Farm, Samir Mougas, 2009.

- Abstract Lady Guardian, Florian & Michaël Quistrebert, 2008.

- Anachronismes et autres manipulations spatio-temporelles #2 : Universalisme, Renaud Auguste-Dormeuil, Dionis Escorsa, Michel Guillet, Amala Hély & Guillaume Robert, Nicolas Milhé, 2008.

- Anachronismes et autres manipulations spatio-temporelles #1 : Particularismes, Virginie Barré, Joost Conijn, Dora Garcia, Briac Leprêtre, Damien Mazières, Nicolas Milhé, Yann Sérandour, Joana Vasconcelos, 2008.

- Psycho, Benoît-Marie Moriceau, 2007.

- Optrium, Patrice Gaillard & Claude, 2007.

- Chantier public #3, Sylvie Reno, 2007.

- Les Biches, Nathalie Djurberg, Rodolphe Huguet, Steven Le Priol, Edouard Levé, 2007.

- TERMINATOR, Hubert Duprat, Jon Mikel Euba, Rodolphe Huguet, Angélique Lecaille, Delphine Lecamp, NG, 2006.

- L’Ambassade des possibles, Virginie Barré, Julien Celdran, Philippe Parreno, Sébastien Vonier, 2006.

- Even Cow-girls Get the Blues, Delphine Lecamp, 2006.

- Colloque « Comment faire tenir une forme colorée dans l’espace?* », Luc Deleu, Simona Denicolai & Ivo Provoost, Benoît Goetz, Eva Gonzales-Sancho, Odile Lemée, Christophe Le Gac ; Maison du Champs de Mars – Rennes, 2005.

- Classic & Smart, Briac Leprêtre, 2005.

- Chantier public #2, atelier mobile, Simona Denicolai & Ivo Provoost, Daniel Dewar & Grégory Gicquel, Le Gentil Garçon, Nicolas Milhé, Benoît-Marie Moriceau, Bénédicte Olivier – 40mcube, Centre d’Information sur l’Urbanisme, Le Coin, galerie du Centre Culturel Colombier, Orangerie du Thabor, espace public (Rennes), 2005.

- Chronique d’une œuvre annoncée, Stéfanie Bourne - Castel coucou (Forbach), École supérieure d’art de Metz, Tramway (Glasgow), 2005.

Founded in 2001, 40mcube is an exhibition space, an office of organization for contemporary art projects and a studio for the fabrication of works of art, based in Rennes (France). 40mcube’s principal activity is art production, where there exists a close interaction with the artist through all aspects of the process including its feasibility, technique, fabrication, up until the presentation and public mediation.

This process of production, from expositions to mediation, is made through a reflection on contemporary art, which is further shown through 40mcube’s published editions. Edited through a collaboration with partners of editing houses and distributors, these publications are available in bookstores.

40mcube has developed several different sectors that act as a part of the organization: 40mcube – exposition; 40mcube – edition; 40mcube AV, which co-produces with the audiovisual sector of artists’ videos; 40mcube – espace public, which works with artistic projects taking place in a public space, notably the project Chantier public and the operation Nouveaux commanditaires created by the Fondation de France.

40mcube occupies an industrial building that includes an exhibition space of 170m², an office, a documentation room, a studio for artists in residence, which all exists on a plot of 1100m² divided into three sections: a courtyard, a patio, and a garden. Considered a public place, this exterior site will be used to house artistic projects with the same statute as the exhibitions as well as works of a more permanent nature, which will eventually lead to the creation of an urban sculpture park.

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- EXTRA, Patrice Gaillard et Claude, 2004.

- Au tableau, Cécile Desvignes, 2004.

- Conférence/performance Révélation, Nicolas Boone – École supérieure des beaux-arts de Rennes, 2003.

- Chantier public #1, Lara Almarcegui, Matthieu Appriou, Yves Gendreau, Patrice Goasduff, Stalker – 40mcube, Centre d’architecture et d’art, Centre d’information sur l’urbanisme, LENDROIT, espace public (Rennes), 2003.

- Projets de projets, Jean-Philippe Lemée et Yves Trémorin – 40mcube, Galerie Art et Essai (Rennes), 2002.

- Sogar, 2002.

- L’inconnu des grands horizons, Abraham Poincheval et Laurent Tixador – 40mcube (Rennes), Frac Basse-Normandie (Caen), École supérieure d’art de Metz, 2002.

- Total symbiose, Abraham Poincheval et Laurent Tixador, 2002.

- Là-bas tout près, Anabelle Hulaut, 2002.

- 40mcube de Valérie Travers, Valérie Travers, 2001.

- Alma Skateshop, Daniel Dewar et Grégory Gicquel, 2001.

Works produced by 40mcube 2001 - 2012 (selection)

Nicolas Milhé, Meurtrière, 2012, concrete, stainless steel, 200 × 300 × 25 cm. Coproduced by galerie Samy Abraham, 40mcube, Buy-Sellf. Courtesy galerie Samy Abraham. View of the scupture du-ring the FIAC hors-les-murs 2012. Photo : Marc Domage.

Marion Verboom, Mondmilchs, 2012, mortar, 6 ele-ments, 280 × 26 × 15 cm, variable dimensions.Produced by 40mcube. Photo : Aurélien Mole.

Emmanuelle Lainé, Doline, 2010, rope casted plaster and concrete canvas. Produced by 40mcube. Courtesy galerie Triple V.Photo : André Morin.

Antoine Dorotte, Bloom from Shop of Horrors, 2012, anthracite zinc, fountain mechanism, copper sulphate, Ø 250 cm. Produced by 40mcube. Courtesy galerie ACDC. Photo : Patrice Goasduff.

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Benoît-Marie Moriceau, Psycho, 2007, mate acrylic paint. Produced by 40mcube.Photo : Laurent Grivet.

Nicolas Milhé, Sans titre, 2005, concrete, 600 × 300 × 250 cm. Deposit from the Centre national des arts plastiques - Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication. Inv. FNAC : 09-281. Producted by 40mcube. View of the sculpture from the place du Colonel Fabien in Paris during the Biennale de Belleville. Photo : Patrice Goasduff.

Courtesy galerie Samy Abraham.

Daniel Dewar & Grégory Gicquel, Aruba 49cc, 2005. Produced by 40mcube. Courtesy galerie Lœvenbruck. Photo : Cyrille Guitard.

Samir Mougas, Un chaînon manquant, 2010, polystyrene, fiberglass, polye-poxyde, paint, metal, 400 × 200 × 150 cm. Produced by 40mcube. Courtesy galerie ACDC. Photo : Patrice Goasduff.

Florian & Michaël Quistrebert, view of the exhibition Abstract Lady Guardian, 2008. Produced by 40mcube. Courtesy galerie Crêvecœur. Photo : Jean Depa-gne.

Patrice Gaillard & Claude, view of the exhibition Optrium, 2007.Produced by 40mcube. Courtesy galerie Lœvenbruck. Photo : Patrice Goasduff.

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Night SoundHippolyte HentgenExhibition : 10.05.13 - 13.07.13Opening : Tuesday 7.05.13 at 6:30 pmPerformance by Émilie Rousset and Perle Palombe,

from the troup John Corporation, and Hippolyte Hentgen

Open from tuesday to saturday from 2 pm to 6 pmClosed on bank holidaysFree entranceFree group tour by appointment

Press relations : Cyrille Guitard - +33 (0)2 90 09 64 11

40mcube48, avenue Sergent-Maginot - f-35000 RennesTél. : +33 (0)2 90 09 64 [email protected]

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