CharlElie Couture enters the Château de Courcelles in Montigny-lès-Metz

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In Montigny-lès-Metz, the Château de Courcelles is hosting a presentation of the works of CharlElie Couture until July 7. Musician, composer and poet, the artist has to his credit 2,000 concerts, 26 albums as well as around twenty books. What is less known is that the man is also a painter and photographer. Here are four reasons to go see this exhibition event.

For the artist

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Born in Nancy in 1956 and graduated from the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, CharlElie Couture is interested in different forms of art such as photography, painting but also music and poetry. A gifted and very prolific artist, he received numerous prizes, rewards and distinctions. Among others, he was made an Officer of National Merit, Knight of the Legion of Honor and Knight of Arts and Letters. According to composer Mario Salis, CharlElie Couture is a “multist”, multidisciplinary artist. Above all, he does not want to have to choose a single medium, a single field, a single way of working. “I have the same commitment to music and the visual arts,” he says. This explains the diversity of his works, an additional reason not to be bored with his work.

For his works

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CharlElie Couture wants to confront the question of existence. He never knows what he is going to create before he begins: “For me, art is a proposition. A consequence of my intention. My works are the result.” The artist’s work is similar to the approach of Urban Poetic artists (or urban poetry), and his research has focused on the relationship that exists between our perception of reality, and the interpretation that we make of it. How do we know who we are? How to define yourself? Define ourselves in relation to ourselves or in relation to the world around us? To answer these questions, CharlElie Couture stages full-face and profile portraits in urban environments, works all produced during confinement. Don’t ask him which one is his favorite. “It’s like I’m asking you to choose which of your hairs you like best. Impossible, right? “, he quips.

For the diversity of supports

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Throughout the exhibition, we can see the diversity offered by CharlElie Couture. His works, namely paintings, sculptures and photos, are available on several media. Simple paintings like vinyl, fabrics, glass, wood, metal… So many works which stand out but which show the “multicity” of the artist. Thus, we find silhouettes drawn on the bottoms of barrels, a man painted on a mattress, a selfie of Arthur Rimbaud on a painting or even a Rasta represented by metal buckles. In one exhibition, we witness forty years of creation, from the corner of the table in the room where he worked when he was 20 years old until today. “I am now in my fifth life. A simpler life, where I know the definition of the universe as well as my limits,” he explains.

For the Château de Courcelles

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Small reminder: the Château de Courcelles remains a prestigious place, witness to 18th century architecture in Lorraine. Since 2005, following rehabilitation work which lasted three years, it has become a cultural and welcoming site for the multiple events that take place there, namely exhibitions, concerts, activities and family meetings. For having chosen this building for his works? CharlElie Couture visited the castle a year ago and immediately thought “there was something to do here”. Until the beginning of July, visitors will be able to wander the gardens of the Château de Courcelles and admire the artist’s works from Friday to Sunday, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

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