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Johan Tahon


Musée Ariana, 28 September 2019 – 5 April 2020


The Musée Ariana is proud to present Johan Tahon. REFUGE/SILENCE, in partnership with the Kunstforum gallery in Solothurn, from 28 September 2019 to 5 April 2020 in the space dedicated to contemporary creation. Johan Tahon, internationally renowned Belgian artist, is exhibiting a strong and committed body of work that reveals his deep connection with the ceramic medium.


Johan Tahon’s oeuvre evolves in an original and individual way. Far removed from utilitarian ware, his work belongs to the lineage of the ceramic figure, human or animal, that inspired the most ancient terracotta pieces.


Tahon’s ceramic sculpture is powerful and expressive. His figures go straight to the essential, seeking neither to seduce nor to deceive; they express the density and complexity of the human condition. The unsmoothed moulding marks, the holes that introduce a permeability between interior and exterior, the almost cicatrising coating of immaculate white glaze are all characteristic features of a corpus of work that oscillates between rusticity and refinement, whispering and silence.


His figures both express the artist’s emotions and reflect the complexity of the world. They attract and disturb us, are tormented and silent, raw and sensitive, towering above us with their monumental scale, and yet remain our clay brothers and sisters.


Musée Ariana

Swiss Museum for Ceramics and Glass

10, avenue de la Paix

1202 Geneva – Switzerland



photo: Gert Jan van Rooij

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