Isabelle de Borchgrave, artist and sculptor

Paper Illusions

26 February 2013 | 19:00 – 22:00

Location: 47, Rue des Ecoles, Paris

Prominent Belgian artist and sculptor Isabelle de Borchgrave, is known world-wide for the exquisite worlds she creates with and populates with her extraordinary intricately-painted paper sculptures. All in paper and trompe l’oeil, four major collectioins range from 300 years of fashion history from Elizabeth I to Coco Chanel, to the 19th century Venetian world of Mariano Fortuny, to the world of the Medici and the streets of Florence, where famous figures are dressed in gold-braiding, pearls, silk, velvet… and trompe l’œil achieves a level of rediscovered sumptuousness, to “Ballets Russes” for whom Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse designed costumes.

Of her work, which is widely collected by major museums and private collectors, the New York Times writes: “…Borchgrave produces astonishing effects of scintillating color, weight, transparency and texture. Her renderings of diaphanous gauzes are astonishing.”

A screening of Janick Cardiec’s documentary Paper Heart Isabelle de Borchgrave will be followed by a talk by the artist.

A reception follows.

Phototograph: Andreas von Einsiedel