6 Juin 1991


Papier calque plié et laissé vierge puis déplié, 7 bandes horizontales de 38 cm de hauteur avec au bord supérieur une bande partielle de 19 cm et en bas une bande partielle de 19 cm

Overall dimensions: 304 x 300 cm (119 11/16 x 118 1/8 in.)

The milky white surface is crossed by chromatic variations that highlight the edge of each fold pressed on the paper: these absorb or reflect the light according to their inclination, producing shade gradients in a grid with a perfectly regular pattern. To reach the result of 6 juin 1991 (6 June 1991), Michel Parmentier folded and unfolded tracing paper, which he left blank, marked only by 38 cm-wide bands.

From 1966 to 1968, Parmentier devoted himself to a repetitive process consisting in painting “alternating horizontal bands of equal width, 38 cm”, as he described them. After a 15-year hiatus, he resumed this style of regular alternating bands, with the difference that he now preferred paper and tracing paper to canvas.

Produced in this passionate period of pure expression, the work 6 juin 1991 by Michel Parmentier was first shown by the Pinault Collection at the 2016 “Accrochage” ("Hanging") exhibition at the Punta della Dogana.