“Magic Chalk as a tribute in a bottle, my little action for the great mother of the world, for the dignity of the woman from here, abroad and … everywhere!”
Pascale Marthine Tayou
Chalk, Silicone, Synthetic feathers, Glass, Metal, Plastic
Since the beginning of the 1990s and his participation at the Venice Biennale (2005 and 2009), Pascale Marthine Tayou has been known to a broad international public. Characterized by variability, Tayou’s work is deliberately mobile, elusive of pre-established schema. At the outset of his career, Pascale Marthine Tayou added an “e” to his first and middle name, giving them a feminine ending and thus distancing himself from the importance of artistic authorship and male/female ascriptions. The objects, sculptures, installations, drawings and videos produced by Tayou have a recurrent feature in common: they dwell upon an individual moving through the world and exploring the issue of the global village. In this context, Tayou negotiates his African origins in Nkongsamba Cameroon in 1966 and related expectations. He has contributed to a number of major international exhibitions and art events.
The Art Gallery
In 1990, Galleria Continua opened in San Gimignano, Italy, as the result of the initiative of three friends: Mario Cristiani, Lorenzo Fiaschi and Maurizio Rigillo. Occupying a former cinema, Galleria Continua established itself and thrived in the Tuscan countryside, an entirely unexpected location steeped in history, timelessness, magnificence. The location provided scope for the development of new dialogues and symbioses between unexpected geographies: rural and industrial, local and global, art from the past and the art of today. Over 20 years, Galleria Continua has created a strong identity unhampered by the spatial and temporal restrictions of urban contemporary art institutions. Generosity and altruim lie at the heart of its dealings with artists and the general public by writing a history of the present that is sensitive to contemporary creativity and cherishes the link between past and future.