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The guest artists

Michel Bouvet, poster designer


Michel Bouvet has a diploma from the National Fine Arts Academy of Paris (in painting), he turned very early to the poster and the graphics. His poster designer's activity, he exercises it essentially in the cultural domain (theater, opera, music, dance, museums, festivals) and in the institutional domain (local authorities, public institutions).

He has made more than 70 personal exhibitions of cultural posters in around thirty countries worldwide. He received numerous rewards in most of the big international biennial events of posters where, on the other hand, he was invited to sit, repeatedly, as member of the jury. In France, the Grand Prix of the cultural Poster was awarded to him by the National Librairy of France in 1987 and in 1992.

He designs and also realizes books and, associated with other graphic designers, with numerous visual identities for public institutions as well as descriptive systems for museums and temporary exhibitions in France and abroad. He is a member of the International Graphic Alliance since 1997. He is a professor for the ESAG / Penninghen School and also leads workshops on poster in France and abroad. He is commissioner of numerous exhibitions for the Month of the Graphics in Echirolles and general commissioner of the Graphics’ Event in Paris.

The squash tournament at the Naves is an opportunity for Michel Bouvet to reconnect with the sports poster. As a sports fan as well as art and culture, he leaned gluttonously on the question of the graphic representation of squash.

GO SEGAWA, sculptor of the open trophy

The Gaïa Gallery, partner of the Open, invited Go Segawa to create the Open trophy.

Go Segawa develops a singular work on the border between painting and sculpture, playing on the dimensions of perception while combining real space and virtual space. His sculptures evoke computer-generated images. He creates works in which it is possible to perceive three different elements from the conceptual point of view: the two dimensions, the three dimensions and gravity. By merging these three data, the artist disturbs the perception of space.

He arrived in France in 1996, after studying plastic arts at the University of Tokyo (Western painting section). He joined the Ecole Supérieure d'Art & Design in Reims (ESAD) and then, in 1999, the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Rennes. He moved away from a Japanese teaching that he considered too academic, in search of volumes, colors, and balance. In the course of his research, he finds himself confronted with a question that will become the backbone of his future artistic production: How to pass the drawing in volume ?


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