Post Tenebras LuxeÂ is a curatorial and editorial project on the subject of luxury and a proposal by 23 young artists from Geneva, who deal with this notion both historically and from todayâ€™s perspective.
The motto for the Protestant Reformation in Geneva is: Post Tenebras Lux: â€śafter darkness, lightâ€ť. By adding an â€śeâ€ť to the last word of the sentence: Post Tenebras Luxe, its meaning changes, since in French â€śluxeâ€ť means luxury. Isnâ€™t that what Geneva stands for? A very prosperous city, known for its manufacturing of watches, that is represented by its internationally recognized artists and their understanding of luxury: from the finest jewelry craft to a rich alternative scene. For the Post Tenebras Luxe project, artists from Geneva were invited to propose works that revolve around the subject of luxury. 21 submissions were selected to shine a new light on luxury and the enlightenment period of the city of Geneva, its history and todayâ€™s situationâ€”some snapshots of capitalist exclusiveness.
The publication cannot be considered as a simple exhibition catalogue. Rather, it brings together four essays on the subject of luxury in Geneva between the 16th and 21st century, and proposes an evocation of the 23 artists taking part in the exhibition. TheÂ drafting of the first four texts was handled byÂ specialists trained at the University of Geneva. TheÂ authors deal with luxury, departing from aÂ selection of objects, monuments, institutions, andÂ emblematic historical episodes.
At regular intervals, full-page photographs, placed and edited by Michel Bonvin, punctuate the book (the limousine of Isaac Pictet (1789), and the Rath Museum in restoration (December 2008), Sylvie Fleury, Gipsy and Rocky at Mamco, Geneva, January 12, 2009).
Background picture: MusĂ©e Rath faĂ§ade with communication board design by SchĂ¶nherwehrs. Photo: Sandra Pointet.
All Post Tenebras Luxe's exhibition photos: Sandra Pointet.