A champion of abstract art, Florent Paumelle has been running the Oniris gallery in Rennes, which was founded by his mother when he was a teenager, since 2012.
What inspired your vocation?
Meeting the artists when the gallery opened in 1986 – I was 15.
What is the greatest challenge you have faced in your career?
Representing a second generation of gallery owners, adapting the project to an industry that has changed considerably, and breathing fresh air into the gallery.
An artist or work that has caught your eye recently?
A small work by Geneviève Asse in our current exhibition. Her art is subtle and delicate. Her small paintings give off an incredible energy.
Which artist or art object would you like to exhibit?
Alexander Calder and his mobiles. He’s an artist with strong links to exactly the kind of abstraction that we champion.
Your most-repeated professional mantra?
"Even though I am a gallery owner, like my mother in the nineties, my daily life is nothing like hers was": when it first opened, the project focused on its regional perspective. Today, it is very difficult to survive outside Paris as a contemporary art gallery. Participation in international fairs, internet presence and new modes of communication have changed our relationships with collectors.
What are your current projects or upcoming highlights?
We are celebrating the 35th anniversary of the gallery in Rennes during the summer of 2021 with a prestigious exhibition that brings together the artists who have accompanied this project for three and half decades (François Morellet, Vera Molnar, Aurelie Nemours, Claude Viallat, Christian Bonnefoi, etc).
In October and November, we will have a solo exhibition of Vera Molnar at the gallery at the same time as her exhibition at the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rennes (October 9, 2021 - January 9, 2022). A pioneer in the use of computers in the creation of artworks, she has been one of the gallery's major artists since 1995. At the end of October, we participate in the Galeristes fair in Paris with a presentation of works by Olivier Petiteau and Carole Rivalin.