Temporary exhibitions

In the new exhibition area, La Commanderie de Peyrassol hosts an artistic programme based on Humanism. From 1 April to 1 November 2022, discover Messanudo – Society unclothed by Michelangelo Pistoletto and Face au temps. Regards croisés sur les collections Philippe Austruy et De Jonckheere.


Messanudo – Society unclothed

In partnership with the Galleria Continua
Curated by Lorenzo Fiaschi


This exhibition brings together recent works of art by the Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto which are part of the Messanudo (Society Unclothed) series started in the summer of 2019 and finished in the winter of 2020 during the Covid-19 pandemic. Looking at today’s society, where the ethos of “every man for himself” dominates to the detriment of addressing collective issues, Michelangelo Pistoletto literarily “lays bare” his contemporaries in the true meaning of the word, showing a humanity represented by Adam and Eve’s nudity.
Faithfull to his mirroring work, the artist continues his exploration of mirrors and his ability to reflect the world’s upheaval, life-size naked bodies of women and men of different ages and different skin colours are silkscreened with emotional closeness on large mirrors installed at floor level. Devoid of their affectations, they are not separated by social class or barriers. They lounge forward, they touch, embrace, laugh, love and respect one another and pay attention to each other. Beauty and goodness guide their gestures that clearly reveal the hollow distance that at times exists in our interpersonal relationships.

Quadri specchianti (Mirrored Paintings) by Michelangelo Pistoletto invite us to reflect on the relationship with our bodies and underline a key deficiency in our interpersonal relationships. Because of his sensitivity and scrutinizing gaze, the artist creates a garden of Eden where nudity is synonymous with newly found innocence. Each picture invites viewers, via a reflection, to reactivate their memory of human closeness.

Courtesy Michelangelo Pistoletto et Galleria Continua
© Jeanchristophe Lett

Courtesy De Jonckheere et Peyrassol
© Jeanchristophe Lett

Face au temps. Regards croisés sur les collections Philippe Austruy et De Jonckheere.

In partnership with the Galerie De Jonckheere
Curated by Peyrassol and Galerie De Jonckheere
Set design by Jean de Piépape

The Face au temps exhibition brings together contemporary works part of the Philippe Austruy Collection and an exceptional set of twenty Flemish paintings (15th-17th Century) part of the De Jonckheere collection. The result of the friendship and passion of two art-loving men, it is a sensitive and inquisitive look at different ways of conceiving art, heterogeneous visual traditions, and different customs, a unique way of “being in-the-world”. Given the constant interlacing of stories, it is a representation of human experiences through different times

This exhibition, based on twenty or so dialogues across time, seeks to reveal parallels, highlight contrasts, and uncover surprising affinities.
“Our friendship has enabled us to put together this exhibit, which explores an important part of our lives through this artistic contrast […] By bringing together works from our collections we did not wish to create confrontation, but rather initiate an educational essay on the interrelation of works collected with high standards and passion.”
Georges De Jonckheere and Philippe Austruy.

Courtesy De Jonckheere et Peyrassol
© Jeanchristophe Lett


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