An unclassifiable artist, Jean-Michel Alberola has devised a multi-faceted exhibition for Galerie Templon: The King of Nothing, the Queen of England and the Others. Canvases, silkscreens, papers and a painted wall lay down the markers for an enigmatic and engrossing journey, where figurative fragments, abstract elements, literary and musical evocations intermingle.

The exhibition is named after the “Rois de rien” series, started about fifteen years ago, which sees the artist relentlessly creating a mysterious seated portrait with bare feet. As a counterpoint, subtle monochromes in the colours of Queen Elizabeth II seem to respond to them. In the manner of a philosophical puzzle, these paintings question the issue of power, the dichotomy between reality and appearance, function and representation.

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