Sylvie Fleury

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  Since starting out as an artist, Sylvie Fleury (Switzerland, 1961) has been creating

objects, installations and performances. For her first exhibition at MBAL, the

Geneva-based artist presents 8, an installation made up of a fiberglass and steel

space capsule in which visitors can sit, surrounded by black velvet and rhinestones,

in a space decorated with thousands of crystals, as well as lights, speakers and an

essential oil diffuser. Only one person at a time is admitted to the 8 capsule, whose

name refers to the symbol of infinity. Once it is closed, the visitor is immersed in a

meditative experience within a glittering galaxy, to the soundtrack of the science

fiction film Queen of Outer Space, (Edward Bernds, 1958) starring, among others, Zsa

Zsa Gabor. In this film, femmes fatales in high heels and push-up bras rule the planet

Venus, from which men are banned.By using feminine colours and materials to create her space capsule, an object

traditionally associated with men, the artist offers a humorous take on space and

fashion. Her vision of female consumerism and hedonism, reflected in this work from

2000, reminds us of the artist’s earlier series focusing on a fantasy vision of a space

conquest by women. A prolific and multifaceted artist, Sylvie Fleury introduces into

her work formal elements from Minimalism and Pop Art, from which she takes the

most striking elements to then provide her female version of them. The Geneva-based

sculptor focuses on the stereotypes relating to the differences between genders and

confronts them with the corresponding clichés. One of the specificities of her work

lies in the various customisation processes she uses, adapting the history of art to

the latest fashion trends. More recently, her interest in the supernatural has led her

to design pieces related to spirituality, Zen and meditation. Her work 8 is a foray into

a fantasy cosmos inspired by American science fiction.For almost 30 years, Sylvie Fleury has exhibited regularly in Switzerland, France,

Germany and the United States. A major retrospective was devoted to her work

at Mamco in Geneva in 2009. She received the Grand Prix Suisse d’Art/Prix Meret

Oppenheim in 2018.Sylvie Fleury’s work is now part of the MBAL collection after a long-term loan from

a private collection in Geneva.

Selection of further exhibitions in: Switzerland

02.11.2019 - 17.11.2019
Werkhalle 30A
Zürcherstrasse 30a
Siebnen

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02.11.2019 - 26.01.2020
Musée de Beaux-arts du Locle
Marie-Anne-Calame 6
Le Locle

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02.11.2019 - 26.01.2020
Musée de Beaux-arts du Locle
Marie-Anne-Calame 6
Le Locle

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02.11.2019 - 26.12.2019
Musée de Beaux-arts du Locle
Marie-Anne-Calame 6
Le Locle

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02.11.2019 - 26.01.2020
Musée de Beaux-arts du Locle
Marie-Anne-Calame 6
Le Locle

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07.09.2019 - 01.03.2020
Museum Franz Gertsch
Platanenstrasse 3
Burgdorf

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07.09.2019 - 01.03.2020
Museum Franz Gertsch
Platanenstrasse 3
Burgdorf

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01.08.2016 - 01.01.2030
Landesmuseum Zürich
Museumstrasse 2
Zürich

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30.11.2019 - 08.03.2020
Museum Franz Gertsch
Platanenstrasse 3
Burgdorf

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07.02.2019 - 10.05.2020
Zentrum Paul Klee
Monument im Fruchtland 3
Bern

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30.08.2018 - 08.12.2019
Kunsthaus Zürich
Heimplatz 1
Zürich

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23.08.2019 - 24.05.2020
Zentrum Paul Klee
Monument im Fruchtland 3
Bern

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02.10.2020 - 04.10.2020
Art international zurich
Giessereistrasse 18 / PULS 5- Giessereihalle
Zurich

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07.09.2019 - 24.11.2019
Museum Franz Gertsch
Platanenstrasse 3
Burgdorf

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07.09.2019 - 01.03.2020
Museum Franz Gertsch
Platanenstrasse 3
Burgdorf

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23.08.2019 - 24.05.2020
Zentrum Paul Klee
Monument im Fruchtland 3
Bern

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07.09.2019 - 01.03.2020
Museum Franz Gertsch
Platanenstrasse 3
Burgdorf

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Sylvie Fleury Musée de Beaux-arts du Locle Main address: Musée de Beaux-arts du Locle Marie-Anne-Calame 6 2400 Le Locle, Switzerland Musée de Beaux-arts du Locle Marie-Anne-Calame 6 2400 Le Locle, Switzerland   Since starting out as an artist, Sylvie Fleury (Switzerland, 1961) has been creating

objects, installations and performances. For her first exhibition at MBAL, the

Geneva-based artist presents 8, an installation made up of a fiberglass and steel

space capsule in which visitors can sit, surrounded by black velvet and rhinestones,

in a space decorated with thousands of crystals, as well as lights, speakers and an

essential oil diffuser. Only one person at a time is admitted to the 8 capsule, whose

name refers to the symbol of infinity. Once it is closed, the visitor is immersed in a

meditative experience within a glittering galaxy, to the soundtrack of the science

fiction film Queen of Outer Space, (Edward Bernds, 1958) starring, among others, Zsa

Zsa Gabor. In this film, femmes fatales in high heels and push-up bras rule the planet

Venus, from which men are banned.By using feminine colours and materials to create her space capsule, an object

traditionally associated with men, the artist offers a humorous take on space and

fashion. Her vision of female consumerism and hedonism, reflected in this work from

2000, reminds us of the artist’s earlier series focusing on a fantasy vision of a space

conquest by women. A prolific and multifaceted artist, Sylvie Fleury introduces into

her work formal elements from Minimalism and Pop Art, from which she takes the

most striking elements to then provide her female version of them. The Geneva-based

sculptor focuses on the stereotypes relating to the differences between genders and

confronts them with the corresponding clichés. One of the specificities of her work

lies in the various customisation processes she uses, adapting the history of art to

the latest fashion trends. More recently, her interest in the supernatural has led her

to design pieces related to spirituality, Zen and meditation. Her work 8 is a foray into

a fantasy cosmos inspired by American science fiction.For almost 30 years, Sylvie Fleury has exhibited regularly in Switzerland, France,

Germany and the United States. A major retrospective was devoted to her work

at Mamco in Geneva in 2009. She received the Grand Prix Suisse d’Art/Prix Meret

Oppenheim in 2018.Sylvie Fleury’s work is now part of the MBAL collection after a long-term loan from

a private collection in Geneva.
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