Irene Kopelman – Modèles marins. Dessiner la régénération.
From 24 September 2022 to 02 April 2023
At the crossroads of art and science, the exhibition "Marine Models. Drawing Regeneration" is the result of Irene Kopelman's groundbreaking work with two research laboratories.
After a first collaboration in 2018, MAMAC and the Argentinian artist continued their cooperation with an 18-month artistic residency, focused on the marine ecosystem of Nice and its surroundings. Tiny marine creatures studied for their exceptional capacity of regeneration particularly inspired the artist.
Thus, drawings, glass works, ceramic pieces and paintings bear witness to this research involving the Laboratoire de Biologie et du Développement de Villefranche-sur-Mer (LBDV) of the Institut de la Mer de Villefranche (IMEV) and its research director, Stefano Tiozzo, and the Institut de Recherche sur le Cancer et le Vieillissement de Nice (IRCAN) and its research director, Éric Röttinger.
Many artists are concerned with the living, but few use marine biology research as a source of inspiration. Irene Kopelman is one of them, and this residency opens the doors to the fascinating world of Nematostella and Botrylla starfish, seen through her eyes.