Villa Arson

qui a peur de chantal montellier?

March 1 to August 25, 2024

Chantal Montellier

Curated by Vanina Géré, Rosa Brux and Frédéric Wecker

Too intelligent, too beautiful, too strong, too red? The mixture of fascination and fear that Chantal Montellier has aroused has often relegated her art to the background in the history of its critical reception, when it should have been at the center of attention. This exhibition focuses on the most prolific period of Montellier’s career, to inscribe her work in the history of comics as one of the most politically relevant of her time.


Parasite 2.O

March 1 to August 25, 2024

Curated by Vittorio Parisi

So begins the thinking of Parasite 2.0, a collective of architects and designers at the crossroads of architectural design, scenography and plastic creation, when asked to imagine the future of art schools. With a leap forward in time, that rather tastes of the distant past.



March 1 to August 25, 2024

Curated by Vittorio Parisi

By the story it tells, no doubt. That of the businessman, banker, commander and above all illustrious occultist whose name the Villa bears: Pierre-Joseph Arson. Before being appointed First Consul of Nice under the Sardinian Restoration, “Commander Arson” made a name for himself through a strange affair: he had become indebted to the Polish mathematician and philosopher Josef Hoëné-Wroński, who had promised to reveal to him the secrets of the Absolute. This part of the story is, at least, the best-known. It is said to have inspired Honoré de Balzac to write La Recherche de l’Absolu, whose protagonist, Balthazar Claës, is merely Pierre-Joseph Arson’s literary alter ego.


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