Modem Europe Spring-Summer 2011
Cover by Georges Rousse
For the cover and insert images of this edition we gave”carte blanche to Georges Rousse “Architecture is the foremost and prerequisite condition in my work. Without it, and without the ultimate memory of the architecture I wish to preserve, my works would not exist” Georges Rousse.
Since that Christmas, age 9, when he was given a present, the mythical Brownie Flash, Georges Rousse, the nomadic artist born in Paris in 1947, has never been without that camera.
Having set up his own studio for the photography of architecture, his passion has motivated him into devoting himself entirely to the artistic practice of this discipline after such American grand masters as Steichen, Stieglitz or Ansel Adams.
It is on discovering Land Art and Malevitch’s black square on a white background that Georges Rousse chose to intervene on the photographic scene by establishing a new relationship between painting and Space.
An untiring traveler of the five continents, he has invaded empty factories, forgotten houses, buildings ready for demolition... abandoned places that he transforms into pictorial spaces in which to construct ephemeral, unique works, which photography alone can bring to the public eye.
Georges Rousse has accomplished a metaphysical experiment with his camera, and invites us to discover “another time, another space”.
These works have become a part of the collections of the most prestigious museums and arts centres: (Musée Guggenheim, New York / Musée d'Art Contemporain Luigi Pecci, Prato / Collection Merrill Lynch, Londres / Musée du Louvre, Centre G. Pompidou, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris /
Fondation Miro, Barcelone / Musée d'Art Contemporain, Montreal / Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo).