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Gérard Rancinan's XXL exhibition at Opera Gallery London

18th Mar 2014

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Opera Gallery London is set to showcase a landmark art photography exhibition of Gérard Rancinan's works this week.

The exhibition XXL consists of five monumental photographs from the 'Trilogy of the Moderns' series. From The Raft of Illusions to The Feast of The Barbarians, each photograph is a masterpiece reflecting our times. Gérard Rancinan acts as the perfect observer of his contemporaries, bearing first-hand witness to various symbolic events in our society. All photographs are unique one-off pieces, presented as grand argentic prints from 2.80 meters up to 4.70 metres. The scale and format, unique in the world, make these photographs treasured artworks for the collector. 

Originally from Bordeaux, Gérard Rancinan travels the world to witness events of historical importance whether it be natural catastrophes, urban riots or civil and ethnic wars, and urban riots, to come face-to-face with the complexity of the human condition and the random events by which it is fashioned. His imperious need for self-expression leads him to focus on the world’s most important issues, to deliver startling images that are filtered through an ever-evolving aesthetic prism.

Constantly breaking down barriers, he is, by turn, an investigator deconstructing the great sagas of contemporary life, and a portraitist. His photographs of athletes, artists, ecclesiastics and politicians have become iconic. His images have earned him a number of prizes, including four prestigious World Press Awards. Following his domain of predilection, in the 'Trilogy of the Moderns' he becomes the wakeful observer of his contemporaries. 

Internationally renowned, Gérard Rancinan’s work is exhibited in the world’s most prestigious galleries and museums and features in the most important contemporary art collections. During a recent Etude Million auction at Drouot [2008], Gérard Rancinan became one of the highest ranked photographers in France. In 2012, one his photographs was hammered for a total price that was eight times above the estimated price at a Philips de Pury & Company Photographs auction; breaking the world auction record for a living French photographer. Gérard Rancinan is an Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters.

For XXL, Rancinan chose to exhibit five of these breathtaking monumental photographs together for the first time ever at Opera Gallery London, in the heart of London’s art neighbourhood, Mayfair. This exhibition is a rare opportunity for both the photography collector and lover. Before this exhibition, the XXL photographs were exhibited in various museums all over the globe including the Palais de Tokyo [Paris], Triennale Museum [Milan], the Danubiana Contemporary Art Museum [Bratislava] and the Musée des Arts et Métiers [Paris]. After London, their next destination will be the Himalayas Museum of Contemporary Art [Shanghai] and the Oscar Niemeyer Museum [Brazil].


Gérard Rancinan's XXL [18 March - 03 April 2014] at Opera Gallery London, 134 New Bond Street, London W1S;