Anna et Bernhard Blume, Vasenekstasen [L’extase du vase] 1987. Courtoisie de la galerie Françoise Paviot, Paris
Baptiste Rabichon, Blue Screen of Death, 2021. Courtoisie de l’artiste et de la galerie Binome, Paris.
Barbara Iweins, salon 01166 - 01235, Katalog, 2017-2021. Courtoisie de l’artiste et Delpire & co, Paris.
Patrick Tosani, "E", Cuillères, 1988, 182 x 120 cm, photographie cibachrome, ©Adagp. Courtoisie de l’artiste et de la galerie In Situ.
Patrick Tosani, Prise d'air I, 2010, 153 x 123cm, photographie couleur c-print, ©Adagp. Courtoisie de l’artiste et de la galerie In Situ.
Alina Maria Frieske, In Reverse (One), Abglanz, 2020. Courtoisie de l’artiste et de la galerie Fabienne Levy, Lausanne.
Robert Cumming, Watermelon / Bread, 1970. Courtoisie de the Robert Cumming Archive, LLC and Gallery Luisotti.
Thorsten Brinkmann, Gut Ding will es so, 2003-04, vidéo, couleur, 15’42’’. Photogramme. Courtoisie de l’artiste et de la galerie Hopstreet, Bruxelles.
Ulla von Brandenburg, The Objects, 2009, film super 16 mm n&b, 4’45’’. Photogramme. Courtoisie de l’artiste et Art : Concept, Paris ; Meyer Riegger, Berlin/Karlsruhe/Basel ; Pilar Corrias Gallery, Londres ; Produzentengalerie Hamburg, Hambourg.
Augustin Rebetez, DOMINO DYNAMITE, 2016, vidéo, couleur, 4’30’’. Photogramme. Courtoisie de l’artiste.
Elspeth Diederix, Lavender, 2022, 120 x 80 cm, photographie couleur c-print. Courtoisie de l’artiste et de la galerie Stigter Van Doesburg, Amsterdam.


Anna and Bernhard Blume, Ulla von Brandenburg, Thorsten Brinkmann, Robert Cumming, Elspeth Diederix, Alina Maria Frieske, Barbara Iweins, Baptiste Rabichon, Augustin Rebetez, Patrick Tosani

from November 19th 2022 to March 18th 2023

When Francis Ponge wrote Le Parti pris des choses (The Nature of Things) in 1942 the war was global and terrible. As bombs rained down from the skies of the European continent, the poet began to scrutinise the most ordinary objects of his daily life. Prose poems dedicated to the crate, the bread or the candle follow one another in this Parti pris des choses that has become a monument of literature.

“It is by starting from the ground up,” explains the author, “that one has some chance of rising (…) If I devote myself to such a subject, it is because it makes me engage entirely, because it challenges me, provokes me (…) it is a head-to-head game, to the point of losing one’ s mind.”

In fact, what the author of Le Savon and La Crevette dans tous ses états takes seriously, this thing, the object of all his attention, which he will pursue for the rest of his life, is language.

Within the walls of their studio or their house, the artists gathered here take as their subjects spoons, potatoes, toothbrushes and even the now essential cell phone: all things conveniently ordinary. In their company, the artists undertake to “disaffect” their medium, be it photography or video. Nothing is more pleasing,” the poet once said, “than the constant insurrection of things against the images imposed upon them. Things don’t accept to remain still and silent like images. The artist, like the writer, has this recurring daydream: he chooses an object, approaches it, turns around it; yet he fails to depict the object portrayed, which slips away, or even rebels. Stubbornly, he returns to it to resume the dialogue with the thing. The exhibition shows these secret conversations. Whether they are solemn or absurd, ascetic or long-winded, they all express the tenacious desire of each of them to find their way of being in the world.


The Centre photographique Rouen Normandie is grateful to Madame Armande Ponge and the Société des Lecteurs de Francis Ponge (SLFP) for their kind authorisation and support.

Around the exhibition

Friday November 18th from 6pm

with the artists
Saturday November 19th at 4pm

GUIDED TOURS for all audiences
Saturday December 10th, 4pm
Thursday January 12th, 12.30 pm
Saturday February 4th, March 11th, 4pm
Tuesday March 14th, 7pm

6/10 years old
with Sophie Grassart
Sunday December 11th, 2.30 pm
Tuesday February 14th, 2pm

with Baptiste Rabichon
February 16th and 17th
Participation fee 50 euros

LECTURES to be announced soon

Unless specified otherwise, all events are free, upon reservation, and take place at the Centre photographique Rouen Normandie