la maison is dedicated to contemporary art research, education and collecting since 2017. It was founded as an artist in residence program and gallery in a historical farm house counting several hundred squaremeters of exhibitions spaces and artist studios. A sculpture garden is planned. Since 2022 “la maison” runs a 250 sqm belle étage gallery space at Villa Bénazet in Baden-Baden, Germany (in collaboration with Future+).
Exhibited or collaborating artists: Geoffroy Pithon, Julian Schnabel, Random International, Hermann Nitsch, Aaron Rose, Raymond Pettibon, Jeff Cheung, Fiete Stolte, Sigalit Landau, Frida Gold, Rieke Reveman, xoooox, Katrin Fridriks, Malcolm Gompf, Stefan Armbruster, Marco Reichert, Jiri Dokoupil, Iryna Maksymova, Alex Giles, Anneliese Schrenk, Édouard Nardon, Jonathan Todyrk, Rachel Garrard and Johann Alexis.
la maison artist in residence program provides an intimate gathering and work situation for most diverse disciplines in the arts. The quiet and free spirited ‘maison’ with it’ s gardens is located in a tiny village between Strasbourg and Baden-Baden, in Alsace, northern France. The space in middle of nature wants to connect artists in research of personal or global answers of a positively maturing world. In collaboration with art institutions like the Arts & Nature Social Club talks with leaders in science, arts and entrepreneurship are initiated to discuss key questions of our time in context of the exhibitions created during the artist residencies.
Geoffroy Pithon (1988) is an artist and designer living in Nantes. After graduated from ENSAD-Paris in graphic design department, he collaborated from 2011 to 2020 with the Formes Vives collective whose work has been shown in several institutions (BNF-Paris, Le Signe-Chaumont, Design Museum-Taipei, etc.), awarded in festival (INTL-Scotland, Chaumont-France) and have joined public collections (MAD Paris, Center Pompidou). Since 2020, he has devoted himself entirely to painting, detaching informative functions from graphics by developing a pictorial and multidimensional language, a territory of research at the border of art and design being built according to the residences research, commissioned projects and exhibitions. He collaborates with Hermès, Sézane, Atelier Cologne, Floriane Facchini, Fortuno Busca, Fotokino, La Maison, and his work has been exhibited at Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud, at Les Quinconces-L’Espal Scène Nationale du Mans, at Fotokino studio Marseille, at Kiosk-Center d’Art de Mayenne.
Johann Alexis von Haehling (full name) deals with the triad of human existence: consciousness, body and soul. He is convinced that we humans must first deal with our hearts before we can make a constructive contribution to universal and important changes in society.
In the context of an increasingly threatened earth, the artist is interested in essential questions: where do we come from, where are we now and where is our potential to get back into better harmony with the global geo- and bio-system? As the founder of the Arts & Nature Social Club, a community of leading scientists, artists and entrepreneurs, Johann Alexis is committed to these core issues of our time in the style of social sculpture after Beuys. Systemically and conceptually this happens in the form of intellectual and inspirational gatherings in different places of the world.
The maximally reduced surfaces and colors of the abstract paintings by Johann Alexis create strong, meditative interpretation spaces for these complex discussions. He examines the potentials on how fluidity and simplicity can impact our lifes and endeavors as human beings in order to create a global livelihood in harmony, respect and truth.
The German-American conceptual artist Malcolm Gompf deals with painting in the field of tension between globalizing markets, the digitization of art, the artistic concept of the readymade and classic art historical positions. His current series is a commentary on cultural and industrial structures of appropriation in emerging digital dictatorships.
Reality vs. Metaverse – Copy vs. Fake. Malcolm Gompf transforms prominent works of art history into “highly pixelated” digital statements. Key works by Gerhard Richter, Jackson Pollock, René Magritte and Edward Hopper are no longer identifiable at first glance after the artistic transformation. However, despite the digital abstraction, the quality of the color harmony and composition of the masters remains noticeable.
In the next step, the digital image data is sent to randomly googled, changing Chinese service providers. These receive the unusual commission of reproducing the artist’s digital-abstract motifs in oil on canvas – these service providers usually produce lap dogs, cats or family portraits in Sunday suits. With this action, Malcolm Gompf reflects on the problems of originality and plagiarism in the world markets as well as the importance of quality craftsmanship and digitization in today’s concept of painting.
Since her childhood Gianna von Haehling was surrounded by the influence of international artists. At her parents house, situated right next to an artist residency and public sculpture park in Durbach, south of Germany, Gianna spend years experiencing artists working with stone, wood and steel and discussing art in her parents garden. Those friends of the house became a major influence to her personal development and understanding of art and art production.
Later Gianna studied sports sciences at the prestigious Sporthochschule Köln, moved to Berlin where for many years she created food concepts and body and mind flow experiences in collaboration with several artist studios and art galleries. Always researching and innovating on the open verge of fine art, music, food and intrinsic body experience Gianna von Haehling is interested in exploring the conjunction fields of fine arts and applied arts.
2018 Gianna moved with her husband the former gallerist, artist and independent curator Johann Alexis von Haehling to Alsace, northern France to establish the artist residency “la maison”. Here, as well as at the ”la maison” gallery at Villa Bénazet in Baden-Baden, Germany she develops exhibition concepts and art experiences in collaboration with international artists.
At the intersection of art and design, the french painter Geoffroy Pithon tries to bring together non-traditional means of communication with graphic experiments. Through this eclectic porosity he develops his very own language that makes colours, shapes and figures dance in an energetic choir. The artist creates immersive abstract paper painting installations, which make viewer experience a fantastic, colourful world reminiscent of plant, animal and underwater aesthetics or dense jungles. Geoffroy’ s paintings make us experience moments in nature: potentially connecting us with creation in an almost spiritual manner.
Geoffroy Pithon has a unique strength for developing large installation works on paper. Here in a structured, yet free and impulsive manner his manual and digital paintings find themselves in a lively dialogue. The title of the show „Wide eyes instrument” suggests the bird-eye view Geoffroy Pithon takes in his artistic process. He analyses and discovers qualitative excerpts of his large scale paintings, which encourage him to focus on a specific segment of his creations. These segments are cut, selected and reworked to smaller, more intense, collage works that are then recomposed out of various parts of the original painting.
The works of post-impressionists like Henri Matisse or Pierre Bonnard inspire Geoffroy Pithon’s art – the intense colouring, their abstract imagery and their symbolic content are virtuously reflected in a contemporary context. Toulouse Lautrec and David Hockney are also two of his big inspirational sources, especially through the combination of different artistic techniques.
The exhibition „Wide eyes instrument” shows the artist’s creative working methods in all formats and invites us to look dreamily from the distance to the details.
Geoffroy Pithon (1988) is a graphic designer and artist based in Nantes, France. He studied graphic design and started his career as an artist in several institutional exhibitions – for example at the photo cinema studio Marseille Institution, at the Abbaye Royale de Fontevraud Museum of Modern Art, at Les Quinconces-L’Espal Scène Nationale du Mans and at the Kiosk Center d’Art de Mayenne. His unique approach brought him to an ongoing creative collaboration with the french luxury brand Hermès.
Gianna von Haehling
artist residency alsace
Rue principale, 67480 Kauffenheim, France
Villa Bénazet, Kaiser-Wilhelm-Straße 3, 76530 Baden-Baden, Germany
show room berlin
Straßburger Straße 18, 10405 Berlin, Germany
Visits possible during exhibition times and by appointment
VON HAEHLING GmbH
Hirschstraße 3, 76530 Baden-Baden, Germany