Stephan Breuer is a French conceptual artist. His palette of mediums and his output is a reflection of a dialogue with the sublime and the perceptual phenomenon. He aims to transcend the normative narrative of a singular artistic discipline. His dialectical conversation with monuments is fascinating as he likes to recompose religious and royal European architecture by the use of light, video and responsive technologies that anchor his work and the spaces into contemporaneity. His renegotiation of the patrimony is influenced by the history and the integrity of the architecture. He embeds a sense of weightlessness by which dematerializing the monuments and extracting their essence and their phenomenon situating them as palpable experiences.
Venice incarnates for him this double necessity of keeping this destination alive and protecting it as well. The notion of respect is crucial when he starts working with a space. It was the case when he exhibited in the Imperial Palace of Compiègne in 2013. It the case now as well. He is working on a major installation in the heart of Paris in the Jardins du Palais Royal and the restauration of the two main alleys at the end of the exhibition is intrinsically part of the project itself.
His years in theatre have influenced his practice, visitors are invited to perform the installation. Breuer sees the possibility of using the sublime as a tool for active contemplation in the midst of iconographic and technological ubiquity.