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“Youth”, “fight”, “freedom”, what remains of these words in the 21st century? What do they mean for young emerging artists, hardly out of school, not yet in the art market but already in the art world through their extremely active practices, whether individual or collective?
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To help us to answer this question, professors teaching art in Belgium, across all domains, chose freely two artists. They give some explanation in an "interview" they answered for us.

In what concerns us, why at Maison Particulière did we wish for the first time, while we concentrate for three years on the collectors and their collections, to get involved this time, exclusively, to show "young" artists’ works?
By what it is simply our duty to give to see art with most possible freedom.
By what it is exactly what collecting is: an attempt to understand our time through the artistic production, although this understanding is very delicate. Indeed, how to understand "what seems obvious as far as the symbolic revolution produces the structures through which we perceive it"*?
By what it gets us a great joy, obviously.

Beyond these first explanations, and without wanting to dwell on too much, here are the other motivations at the origin of this art exhibit:
First of all, the curiosity. It is the driving force without which discovery, grasping and understanding, search and exploration would not be possible.
So give to discover, to reveal and more still point out to the public this art "beginning to unfold” is an opportunity to seize before it is "contaminated" by the debates, the opinions, the criticisms which are usually emitted face to face towards more "established" artists.
It is an opportunity to exercise one's freedom of look.

And then, when we managed to determine this theme of  "Youth: between freedom and fight" an interrogation appeared which underpins at the same time the term of youth but also the freedom and the fight: what signifies the rupture, in other words the break, the dissidence, the fracture, in contemporary art? What revolution is taking place or not? A simple exhibition presenting forty artists to the fault eighty of their works cannot naturally answer these questioning, it can soberly try to give some keys, to make a contribution.
It is a way of witnessing this art "being made."

Finally, a confidence. Even before opening Maison Particulière, one of our first wishes was to have the possibility of showing works of young artists. This art exhibit answers this first wish, a little bit differently but maybe more specifically because we noticed that it was very difficult to see, except in galleries, artists' works which nevertheless produce. And, what seemed to us fascinating, it is this moment so particular, that when hardly taken out of his protective cocoon, the school, an artist, finally free, has to struggle at the same time to produce, show, to expose and lay open. It is this turning point, this moment when "helps" are so essential, which is the subject of this exhibit. And, asking professors, for the most part of them artists, who were in the same situation a few years before, to support, is a beautiful example of friendship, generosity and solidarity, meeting and opening; finally, the vocation of Maison Particulière.

A project, an idea is often the result, in what concerns us, exactly, of exchanges and encounters. We are so anxious to thank the dynamism of our team: its suggestions and its implication. This art exhibit arose from our discussions all together and especially from our manager Maxim Frank, who also participates in it. It was natural that we chose him as artist, and not only because he is an integral part, from the very first day, of Maison Particulière. It is because we appreciate his art and live with his works at our home.
Thus, thanks to him to have actively been involved in getting this project up and running from the beginning.

Myriam and Amaury de Solages

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* in Pierre Bourdieu, Manet, une révolution symbolique, Éditions Raisons d’agir/Éditions du Seuil,  novembre 2013.