Written by Mathieu Doublet.
Following the exhibitions of Damien Hirst and Sally Gabori, the Cartier Foundation presents a large monographic exhibition devoted to the painting of French artist Fabrice Hyber, bringing together fifty large format works, of which some ten pieces especially created for the exhibition. Artist, sower, researcher, entrepreneur, and poet, Fabrice Hyber allows us to see through his canvases a free and lively consciousness. For a period of over forty years, Fabrice Hyber has sown approximately 300,000 tree seeds in the valley adjoining his family’s farm in the Vendée region of Western France, gradually transforming the fields into forests, and the landscape, into his artwork. It is from this valley, a veritable open-air laboratory, that the artist draws his inspiration. His prolific production—over 20,000 creations, including almost 3,000 paintings — incorporates all areas of life into the field of art, from mathematics to neuroscience, including economics and astrophysics, as well as love, the body and the mutations of the living world. In the artist’s own words: “Art is all the possibilities of the world”. Painting is the starting point of every idea, containing the essence or seed of any work in progress or future piece, and occupies a primordial place in Fabrice Hyber’s art. Like classrooms in an ideal school, the fifty paintings shown in this exhibition open up spaces where everyone is free to let their thoughts meander, their gaze wander, and endlessly reinvent the possibilities of reality.