The Fondation Thalie publishes artists’ jewelry and multiples linked to its exhibitions.

Nathalie Guiot
Le Premier Jour de l’étincelle

During spring 2020, Nathalie Guiot creates a community of poets, an Ishtar publishing house and this first collection of poems that she will disperse in the wind.

The rooms of this house that the new poetess wishes to offer to the world could bear the titles of her poems: la chambre d’art,Verticale ; la chambre de littérature féminine, Rise and Shine ; la chambre poétique, Renaissance ; la chambre des voyages, Nos Pas ; la chambre de création, Précipice ; la chambre d’amour, Parfum ; la chambre de Barbe Bleue (aka the room of secrets), Piquer une tête. We will have to open the doors of each of them as we flip through the pages of a book.

Publishing a first collection of poems is a perilous undertaking. Nathalie Guiot is daring, continues to write and create. Nathalie’s words sing. Ishtar is listening. We read aloud, dreaming with her of a lifesaving happiness.

This First Day will call for many more Sparks.

Barbara Polla, May 2020

An art collector, patron, author and curator, Nathalie Guiot is the founder of the Fondation Thalie in Brussels. With the help of writer Barbara Polla and visual artist Pascale Barret, she produced Equinox(es), a platform for poetic readings aloud. The First Day of the Spark is his first collection of poems.

Nathalie Guiot - Le Premier Jour de l’étincelle

Completed printing on the first day of summer 2020
Graphics design: Simon Dara

This collection of poems was printed in 200 copies
50 works, numbered and signed by the author, constitute the leading edition



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Lionel Estève

“I thought that this plant flourished in the East, on the foothills of the Himalayas or in Turkey and what was not my surprise, to discover a few feet at the bend of a path in the Provençal countryside. This pale pink poppy with slightly purplish tones blooms only a week, to give way to a bulb with a small crown. To contemplate it was for me a way to meet mythology. This beautiful flower with delicate colors seemed to me ambivalent, full of sun and summer scent but also carrier of darkness, dangerous and forbidden, since opium is its sap. I had to pay tribute to him. One summer, I harvested these capsules and then gilded them with gold leaf and made these miniature sculptures. This gesture is a way to perpetuate the greatness of this flower, to illustrate how it was idolized during antiquity, and how despite its grace and fragility, it remains endowed with a scary power. Of these sculptures, I made a pendant with limited edition of 50 copies, a unique and exclusive edition that I look forward to discovering you today. ”

Lionel Estève, the artist’s words

Lionel Estève was born in 1967 in Lyon. He lives and works in Brussels, Belgium. His work is at the crossroads of drawing, sculpture and installation. The informal and fragility that characterize his works awaken our perception of an infinite reality by revealing a palpable, almost tactile space. His work plays on space, colors and sensory perception. These works recall the artist’s interest in creative energies and their captations. Artisan, researcher, Lionel Estève deploys materials, lines, colors in the interval of the perceptible and the imperceptible “My works, I perceive them as mental. I hope they live the same way in the public mind. I do not wait for him to understand, but it does not matter to him. “

Lionel Estève - Morphée

Pavot en cire perdue, bronze plaqué or, 2018
50 exemplaires, 3 épreuves d’artiste

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Rain Wu
The Tea Set

The Tea Set is an edition of the artist and designer Rain Wu, who was hosted in residence in 2018 at the Foundation.
The Tea Set is a set of ceramic objects made of sandstone by Rain Wu in 2016 and presented at London’s Design Museum, Tate Modern and the Woodruff Art Center, Atlanta (USA).
With The Tea Set, the artist wishes to give a personal tribute to the cultural history of tea tradition in British everyday life through a contemporary ceremony inspired by an Asian ritual.

Rain Wu is an artist from Taiwan living and working between Maastricht, Brussels and London. In her work, she is interested in interactive experiences, spatial narratives and material exploration. Her last installation entitled From Strata of Memory to Layers of Rock with Ralf Pflugfelder (RARA duo) was hosted at the Thalie Foundation in Brussels in September 2018.

Rain Wu - The Tea Set

Stoneware clay, glaze, site-specific ceremony stage, 2018
6 + 2 AP

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Sirine Fattouh
Les Dormeurs

Les Dormeurs (the sleepers) is a clay sculptures project initiated in 2017 following recurrent insomnia. Each sculpture corresponds to a night of insomnia. The project has subsequently evolved into a series of drawings and photographs where each sleeper is photographed in the hand of a person in the position that pleases him. I subsequently made prints in brass and silver. The silver sleeper carried in the hand reflects fragments of the face of the person carrying it.”

Sirine Fattouh, the artist’s words.

A sensitive and intimate work, and at the same time universal since these objects evoke a “letting go” that every human being experiences in sleep.

Sirine Fattouh is a visual artist and researcher born in 1980 and living between Paris and Beirut. Interested by histories from below, her work, as an artist and researcher consists of examining the consequences of violence and displacements on people’s identities.

Fattouh holds a PhD in Visual Arts and Aesthetics from the University Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne (UFR04) and a Master degree from the École Nationale Supérieure d’Arts of Paris Cergy (ENSAPC). She taught Visual Arts at the University Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne and is affiliated with the Research Center in Visual Arts (Institut ACTE UMR 8218). In 2011, she was assistant curator for Middle Eastern Art at the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

She has exhibited her work in group shows and solo exhibitions such as Centre Pompidou (Metz, France), MAXXI Museum (Rome, Italy),  Fondation d’Entreprise Ricard (Paris, France), Akinci Gallery (Amsterdam, Netherlands), Kaaï Studio (Brussels, Belgium), Beirut Art Center (Beirut, Lebanon), Mucem (Marseille, France), ZKM (Karlsruhe, Germany), The Empty Quarter Gallery (Dubaï, U.A.E.), Edge of Arabia (Brick Lane, London), La Villa Savoye of Le Corbusier (Poissy, France), l’Institut du monde arabe (Paris, France), French Institute of Beirut (Lebanon) and the Thessaloniki Biennale of Contemporary Art (Thessaloniki, Greece).

Sirine Fattouh - Les Dormeurs

Sculpture, Silver, 2019
Approximately: 6x8cm Ed. 12

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