KIOPINI, Christian (1949)

Christian Kiopini, Espace parallèles, 1999. Construction en bois peinte à l’acrylique, 244 x 731 x 487 cm. Collection du Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. Photo : avec l’aimable permission de l’artiste.

While known primarily as a painter, Christian Kiopini also creates vast installations using plywood and acrylic on canvas. These “tableaux” unfold in situ, inviting viewers not only to observe, but to step into and wander through them. Scène pour l’œil et le corps (1981), for example, is part of the permanent collection at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. Stratifications pariétales (2002-2003), presented during Art Souterrain in Montreal, demonstrates a structural use of colour which enables experimentation with “space” in painting.