The macLYON is proud to host the first museum exhibition of artist Sylvie Selig, discovered at the age of eighty-one during her participation in the 16th Lyon Biennale, in 2022.
Over an entire floor, the exhibition at the macLYON will be built around River of no Return, the immense canvas measuring 140 metres which the macLYON would like to purchase with the support of a crowdfunding campaign on KissKissBankBank, due to be launched mid-October 2023. This is a dual event: the first ever public presentation of this monumental work, and the first time that Sylvie Selig will see it in its entirety.
The exhibition will also highlight many of the artist’s other productions, thus illustrating the diversity of her practice: embroidery on textiles, paintings, drawings, and sculptures, including the mannequins Sylvie Selig refers to as her Weird Family...
Curator: Isabelle Bertolotti, director of the macLYON
Nom de l'artisteSylvie Selig
Sylvie Selig was born in Nice in 1941. She received an award from the Victorian Art Society and first prize in the Sun Youth Art Show, at the age of fifteen. After extensive travels (Australia, United States, England…), she has lived and worked in Paris since 1995, with her studio located in the Pigalle district. It took her three years to create River of no Return, from 2012 to 2015. In 2016, she opened her Instagram account, which led to her being spotted by the curators of 16th Lyon Biennale, manifesto of fragility, who decided to exhibit her work at the Usines Fagor where it was seen by a wide audience. 2024 will see her work honoured in her first ever solo museum exhibition.