AlaïaAzzedine Alaïa is pleased to present the first large-scale exhibition devoted to pascALEjandro, Pascale Montandon-Jodorowsky and Alejandro Jodorowsky’s collaborative creation.
Born from the love between these two persons, their «spiritual child», pascALEjandro, is a painterly endeavor : Alejandro Jodorowsky - filmmaker, poet, author of comic books, the great figure of psychomagic - traces the lines, and lays out the symbols, marking the masculine element; the image is then filled with colors by Pascale Montandon-Jodorowsky - painter, costume and stage designer.
Following presentations of the work at institutions such as the CAPC - Musée d’Art Contemporain in Bordeaux and the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, but also in the special exhibition “ Desire” , curated by Diana Widmaier Picasso with Jeffrey Deitch and Larry Gagosian at Art Basel Miami Beach in 2016, this exhibition brings together thirty previously existing works borrowed from important private collections, and thirty new works created specifically on this exhibition. It provides, for the first time, an insight into pascALEjandro - an artistic and existential creation.
This magical core of creation, which unites the names of the spouses with the three letters they share, represents a conception of love and life, passionate and humane. This conception was notably manifested in Alejandro Jodorowsky’s two recent films, La Danza de la Realidad (2013) and Poesía Sin Fin (2016): pascALEjandro played a key role in both them by conceiving their colors, while Pascale Montandon-Jodorowsky designed the costumes. Images of thoses two films will also be projected in the exhibition.
On the occasion of the exhibition, the first monograph of pascALEjandro will be published by the Association Azzedine Alaïa and Actes sud, continuing the collaboration initiated two years by the couturier with the catalogue of the exhibition devoted to Adonis’s visuals works. Readers are to discover a catalogue raisonné of the work to date, with a foreword by Azzedine Alaïa, an epilogue by pascALEjandro, and contributions from Adonis who acted in Poesía Sin Fin, Edgar Morin, Diego Moldes, María-Inés Rodríguez, Philippe Rouyer, Diana Widmaier Picasso and Olivier Zahm. This book edited by Donatien Grau also includes two interviews with pascALEjandro conducted by Klaus Biesenbach and Hans Ulrich Obrist.
For the first time, pascALEjandro will be unveiled as an extraordinary intensification of our lives, inviting us to fully sense the magic in our world.