The Collection de l'Art Brut lends more than 50 works to the Centre d'Art Contemporain de Genève for the exhibition "Chrysalis: The Butterfly Dream"

Chrysalis marks the major project of 2023 at the Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève. With some sixty artists and over two hundred works, including more than fifty artworks loaned by the Collection de l’Art Brut in Lausanne, it will also feature a special lineup of performance art, screenings, a special music program and concerts.

The Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève proudly announces its major group exhibition Chrysalis: The Butterfly Dream (Chrysalide : le rêve du papillon), devoted to the transformations that occur within us as well as outside of us. Life itself is subject to constant change, to a constant state of ephemeral, unstable flux. Its incessant reconfigurations began long before the emergence of humans and will continue long into the future.
Chrysalis pays homage to the world’s never-ending metamorphosis and all its organic (and inorganic) inhabitants. The exhibition explores the concept of mutability from a wide range of different formal, existential, and political angles. Each thing, each image, and each form in this exhibition is in flux—shifting from one state to another, becoming something else, cycling through multiple identities.
The individuals present here—as well as the plants and inorganic substances—become receptacles of these multiple identities. They form polyptychs, anthropomorphic and botanical sculptures that intertwine in a relentless rhythm of transformation, like a shapeshifting coral reef caught up in its own ceaseless mutation. There are no fixed images in this exhibition, no immutable lines or insuperable boundaries. Everything vibrates and quickens under the pressure of an inescapable intrinsic necessity: transformation.

Chrysalis -The Butterfly Dream
Centre d’Art Contemporain Genève
January 25 – June 4, 2023
Opening: Tuesday January 24, 2023, 6 pm
Curated by Andrea Bellini, with Sarah Lombardi and Sara De Chiara as curatorial advisors


Publish Date: 20.12.2022