Edith Dekyndt, Specific Subjects at Fondation CAB Saint-Paul-de-Vence

Edith Dekyndt
Specific Subjects
Curator of the exhibition: María Inés Rodríguez
22 March – 27 October 2024
Opening: 21 March 2024
Fondation CAB Saint-Paul-de-Vence

Specific Subjects, Edith Dekyndt’s project for Fondation CAB Saint-Paul-de-Vence, weaves together new and evolving technologies, ancestral knowledge and contemporary issues.

Some of the works challenge the decomposition of matter, allowing us to sketch out an atmosphere between brutality and fragility, problematising the presence of these two antagonistic notions in the same place. The exhibition at Saint-Paul-de-Vence is both a journey through Dekyndt’s artistic universe, where the dialogue between nature and culture intertwines with the land, and an experience that transcends the usual spaces of art. As visitors, she invites us to explore multiple levels of meaning and to question our understanding of space, memory and temporality.

In the current context, marked by conflicts and radical transformations in the way we live and act, with economic, material, immaterial and emotional repercussions, the artist proposes a series of works in which the dynamic between nature and culture, the rural and the urban, generates new paradigms that must be confronted.

The title of the exhibition, Specific Subjects, is a reference to Donald Judd's influential manifesto, "Specific Objects "1, published in 1964. Although her artistic practice, developed since the 1990s, is characterised by a sober language and an intensely evocative materiality, Dekyndt deliberately moves away from a more hermetic minimalism, calling out and evoking 'subjects' rather than 'objects'.

By fusing conceptual, scientific and experimental approaches, the artist deconstructs the signs of her creative process. She archives, collects and catalogues images, sounds and objects using a rigorous methodology, manifesting a symptomatic reality through her work.

Exploring the spaces in which knowledge is formed and the limits of its confinement, her practice adopts a critical and speculative perspective, establishing the conditions necessary to bear witness to a social and political reality. Revealing an attraction to the elusive and intangible, his work draws on signs of impermanence, while evoking the imprint left by history on the surface of things, architecture and public spaces. This approach underlines the urgent need to question writing and historical narratives.

María Inés Rodríguez, Curator of the exhibition


1. Specific Objects, published in 1965 in Arts Yearbook 8. 

Selection of images


Fondation CAB Saint-Paul-de-Vence

Fondation CAB Saint-Paul-de-Vence, set up in a stunning 1950s building, aims to further the foundation’s mission with a double programming: the presentation of the foundation’s collection and themed and seasonal exhibitions. It will also offer a programme of artist residencies for the winter season.

Fully renovated by French interior architect and designer Charles Zana, the Fondation CAB Saint-Paul-de-Vence boasts several exhibition spaces, a bookshop and a restaurant. Surrounded by a lush garden with magnificent views over the Cap d’Antibes peninsula, the Fondation also operates as a guest house, with four distinct bedrooms and a Maison Démontable 6×6 by Jean Prouvé for an unforgettable stay.

Saint-Paul-de-Vence, reputed worldwide for the famous Fondation Marguerite et Aimé Maeght – home to one of the largest collections of modern art in the world, is an ideal location to present a private collection and share this passion for Minimalist and Conceptual art with the broadest possible an audience.

Also at Fondation CAB Saint-Paul-de-Vence: Muller Van Severen

For this exhibition the Belgian Designer duo Fien Muller (1978, Lokeren Belgium) and Hannes Van Severen (1979, Ghent, Belgium) have concentrated on showing a selection of works in a way to view the collection by zooming in (literally through the photography duo Scheltens and Abbenes) but also zooming out and showing objects such as prototypes, drawings, materials, etc…

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