<span class="chapeau">During his exhibition at Palazzo Grassi, Martial Raysse gave a talk on November 18, 2015, at the Teatrino. The following are three excerpts from his presentation.</span><br><br><br> <div class="clearfix"><span class="col m-1"> </span><span class="title">“add beauty </span><br> <span class="col m-1"> </span><span class="title col">to the world”</span> </div><br> <div class="col m-4 auteur noclick"> <div class="inner"> <div class="white"> <a class="switch">Text</a><br> <b>Martial Raysse</b> </div> </div> </div><br><br> <div class="clearfix"> <br><br><br><span class="alinea"></span>“A symbolic painting—or a symbol itself—isn’t made for the audience to understand it immediately, without making an effort. People often ask me: what did you mean to express here? But if the artist provides an easy interpretation, if the viewers don’t make the effort to seek the answer themselves, to study, to educate themselves, then they can’t make any progress. It’s by seeking that we advance. For instance, in front of this painting by Poussin, <i>Blind Orion</i>, we wonder who is Orion. So we look him up. Then we notice that he’s holding a tiny woman with a croissant on her head, so we try to figure out who she could be… and this search leads to a series of books, of images, and you discover a new world, you evolve, you change. The alchemists who searched for the philosopher’s stone, or who tried to change lead into gold, were really trying to transform themselves, through a daily practice or ritual that allowed them to improve themselves incrementally, each time they went through it. All the disciplines on this earth only gain in value if they’re done in continuity, without stop.” [...] <br><br> <span class="alinea"></span>“When the sages of the Torah express themselves, they never give their names. They speak in the name of the master who preceded them. In the same way, please try to understand, I don’t speak of my work in my own name alone, but also in the name of Lucian Freud, of Otto Dix, of Ingres, of Piero della Francesca… I speak in the name of the grand tradition of painting. I don’t speak so much of what I can do myself, but of the integrity that great painting provides me with.” [...] <br><br> <span class="alinea"></span>“What purpose does culture serve? It provides options, it teaches you how to live. It’s a school of freedom, more important and precious than ever today because we live in an exceptionally violent time. Culture is life itself. It’s through art that we become aware of everything that constitutes life. And the goal of art is to protect life. Why am I a painter? To add beauty to the world.”<br><br> </div>
 

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