AIR Project Room- La sindrome di Stendhal

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La sindrome di Stendhal, 2008 Lifesize Sculplture, Mixed Media © Courtesy of Artists and Raid Projects
AIR Project Room- La sindrome di Stendhal

602 Moulton Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90031
February 2nd, 2008 - February 23rd, 2008
Opening: February 2nd, 2008 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

downtown/east la
Open by appointment unless otherwise indicated per exhibition.


In december 2007, Villeroy & Boch first set out on a great expedition to find monopolychrome.

Before going on the expedition they had to find a way to recognize monopolychrome, a way to measure it. After experiments and studies they finally set the standard for color.
.....two hours passed. Their car had moved barely over 30 miles from her original position. 'We are driving about like the Flying Dutchman,'wrote the frustrated Villeroy. Then, just before midnight Villeroy & Boch were violently awakened by a series of earthquakelike shocks jarring their car from stem to stern. Rushing out to the pavement, they saw a small colorfull beam surrounded by a white space of open water. For a few seconds they hoped they might at last have succes, that their assistants 'wearing out their souls like men doomed' could fly home again... On their first great expedition Villeroy & Boch discovered what later became a great succes in exhibitions all over the world.

It was the International 2nd Monopolychrome Expedition that contributed to one of many chapters of misfortune in the 21st Century history of discoveries. After a 20 hours journey the expedition set foot on the grass . By then most of the explorers were coming to the reluctant conclusion that they would never find monopolychrome. Villeroy & Boch were they only ones still destined to find succes so they set out for a journey into the great greens of the park. After three weeks Stendhal and a few men set out to find them. The only one they found was Villeroy in a petrified state.

In his writings Stendhal described possible endings of the lives of Villeroy & Boch. His most accepted theory is that Villeroy found monopolychrome but could not cope with the overwhelming beauty.