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

Valérie Mannaerts
Private Architecture (oui oui non non)

Sculptor as much as painter, Belgian artist Valérie Mannaerts imagined for Les éditions Thalie, Private Architecture, an adornment inspired by the pre-Columbian pectoral jewel in the leaf cutout. A unique jewel linked to the artist’s plastic universe: ornament and the whimsical. Private Architecture (oui oui non non) unfolds like a fan. Like a talisman, it reveals and protects with its ceramic amulets representing small ghosts or spoons as good lucks charms. A joyful and mysterious gem!

Valérie Mannaerts (1974) lives and works in Brussels. She was artist in residence at the ISCP New York (2008) and at De Rijksakademie, Amsterdam (2007). Valérie Mannaerts has participated in numerous exhibitions, including Huis Clos, Biennale de la peinture, Musée Roger Raveel (2020), Convex / Concave: Belgian Contemporary Art, TANK, Shanghai (2019), What is Ornament? Triennale d’Architecture, Lisbon (2019), Family Fiction, Extra City, Antwerp (2019), Curtain Call, IFFR Kunsthalle Rotterdam (2018), Real Somethings, Bernier / Eliades Galerie, Bruxelles (2017), Plain / Purl, Designmuseum, Ghent (2017), Arbalette, Maniera Bruxelles (2016), Solid Liquids, Kunsthalle Münster (2016); Everything Architecture, Bozar Brussels; Words aren’t the Thing, CAC, Vilnius (2015); The Corner Show, Extra City, Antwerp (2015); Small Museum for the American Metaphor, RedCat Gallery, Los Angeles (2014), Real if I want to, Elisa Platteau Galerie, Brussels (2014); Orlando, Bozar, Brussels (2013).

Valérie Mannaerts is represented by Bernier/Eliades Gallery, Brussels & Athens.

Valérie Mannaerts - Private Architecture (oui oui non non)

Limited edition: 10 copies + 2 AP

Gold plated brass.
Adornment entirely made by hand. Engraved words and ceramic tassels

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Lionel EstèveMorphée

“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 EstèveMorphée

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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