Variations~Fontenoy - Frédéric Fontenoy Beijing Solo Exhibition - ON/gallery Beijing

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June 1 to July 15, 2018

ON/gallery Beijing

The exhibition is limited to scheduled visits. Please email to make an appointment in advance.

Participating artists / 参展艺术家 :

Frédéric Fontenoy

Curator / 策展人:
Ludovic De Vita, Wang Lingyun

After 2 collective exhibitions in Shanghai, We are pleased to present the Variations~Fontenoy, first Frédéric Fontenoy’s solo exhibition in China, in ON/gallery Beijing.

Frédéric Fontenoy’s fetish stories are charged with this libertine eroticism echoing Hans Bellmer, Georges Bataille and the Marquis de Sade, to name just a few, along with a dose of surrealism washed into the background of the central erotic act in the form of totem-objects that literally allow the eye to dive into the image and explore it.

Bodies erotically exposed, manipulated, contorted while simultaneously veiled with a laugh and a comic wink from Frédéric Fontenoy. He addresses us connivingly as we too become objects, disjointed dolls at their master’s service: our gaze being the desire to see and to enslave.

Because this is indeed about power, about the gaze being incorporated inside the other rather than for, or from the other. The relationship is between dominant and dominated, knowing that the sexual is not present here and it is we who are the real subject: dominated, forced – as, with no small degree of pleasure, we render our whole selves as the very object of the work.


Frédéric Fontenoy studied photography at the school of Vevey in Switzerland. In 1996, he obtains a grant at the Caza de Velázquez in Madrid. He leads since 1988 an artistic work essentially focuse on the representation of the body in photography, an approach factual as symbolic.

So will be born the serie “Metamorphose” published in the magazine Zoom, exposed at the French institute of Budapest, at the National Photography Center in Paris, (Prix moins 30, Panorama des panoramas) as well as in the center of art Santa-Monica in Barcelona which will collect him. His work will also go into private collections, in Switzerland, France, Italy, Hungary… Among others the one of Gunther Sachs.

In 2006, he begins a fictional work, entitled “Inside”, mixing in intimate scenes, the history of the artistic and political avant-gardes of the first half of the twentieth century with an eroticism so subtle as powerful. We recognize, among the symbols which plays Frédéric Fontenoy, evocations of the Second World War, as well as number of quotations of surrealist works. He also convenes in this work our collective unconscious. This last work will give rise to an article in Art-Press for the first exhibition in Paris in 2011, as well as publications at Taschen, Thames and Hudson... Two monographs will also be published in 2011 and 2016 in Paris. This work is exposed and collected in France, Belgium, Luxemboug, Italy, Germany, Pay-Bas, Slovenia, England and China...


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