December 17, 2021 - January 29, 2022

Le secret des couleurs


?Le secret des couleurs?, Adrien Lucca's third solo exhibition at LMNO is a foretaste of his first institutional monograph at the BPS22 in Charleroi in June 2022. It will present sculptural works, models, and samples based on his most recent research, for which he won the Jules Raeymaekers Prize of the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels in 2021. As usual, Lucca plays the magician with visible colours, transforming the surfaces of his new volumes with the wavelengths of his programmed lamps. The artist's science disturbs our senses and bewitches us thanks to ever more advanced and well-documented technical processes. 

?In 2007 or 2008, I found a book from the ?Que sais-je?? collection, ?Le secret des couleurs? dating from 1946. The title intrigued me. On first reading, I learned a lot about light and colour. The text was difficult. I realized that I knew very little about this subject, even though I was working on geometric colour compositions. I forgot it for a long time, but this book, whose demonstrations I  could hardly understand at the time, was the starting point of my research for the thirteen years that followed. I reread it three times carefully. I realized by the third time that I had integrated all its contents into my intellectual and artistic approach.? 

Adrien Lucca

Adrien Lucca (1983, Paris, France) studied at the ERG in Brussels, Belgium (2004-2009) and was a researcher in the Fine Art department at the Jan van Eyck Academia in Maastricht, in the Netherlands (2010-2011). He is a professor at the ENSAV La Cambre and at the ERG, in Brussels, Belgium. Since 2009, he's been developing an artistic practice around geometry, colour, light, physics, and perception. He deeply explores the interactions between natural and artificial light, the colour of pigments and glass in several monumental projects in public space such as Soleil de minuit (2017, Montreal), Microkosmos (2018, Brussels), Dentelles de lumière (2018, Rome) or Yellow-free zone (2018, Rotterdam). At the same time he studies the use of light and colour in art history, Lucca learned the contemporary science of colour from specialists.  He built up a laboratory where he uses chemistry, spectrometry, electronics, and computers for artistic purposes.