Exhibition
23 January 2022–10 March 2022

Colour Power

by Mouna Rebeiz

23 January 2022–10 March 2022 | Leila Heller Gallery

What would the world be without colour? What would our perception of reality be without red, blue or green? Could we imagine living in black and white?

Starts 23 January 2022

Ends 10 March 2022

Venue Leila Heller Gallery

Warehouse 86/87

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Colour is what gives life its intensity, its depth, but also the possibility of joy.

What would the world be without colour? What would our perception of reality be without red, blue or green? Could we imagine living in black and white? Colour is what gives life its intensity, its depth, but also the possibility of joy. It is light, élan vital, energy. In an attempt at utter renunciation, in the exile and solitude of a silent retreat, Mouna REBEIZ attempted to grasp what is most pure, most authentic and most “true” about colour. KANDINSKY noted over a century ago that “vermilion has the charm of flame, which has always attracted human beings. Keen lemon-yellow hurts the eye in time as a prolonged and shrill trumpet-note hurts the ear, and the beholder turns away to seek relief in blue or green.” (Concerning the Spiritual in Art, 1911). Later, Yves Klein invented a shade of blue that now bears his name.

Is not painting itself a form of metaphysics that tries to resolve the enigma of colour? That is to say, a certain vision of the world, as Merleau-Ponty so rightly suggests in Eye and Mind: “painting celebrates no other enigma but that of visibility.” It is this same vision which MOUNA recaptures in this attempt to enter the enigma of colour, which is also the mystery of visibility. But in doing so she follows her own spirit, keeping faith with that mystery which characterises her creative élan. Witness these twelve canvases in which we can abandon and lose ourselves: “We use colours but we paint with feeling”(Jean Chardin).

Elsa GODART

Philosopher and psychoanalyst

Research fellow at Université GUSTAVE EIFFEL