Yasmine and the Seven Faces of the Heptahedron

The Bonimenteur

What you will see, gentlemen, is what has no precedent and will never be imitated. What you will see, they are wonders, impossibilities, miracles, finally! The details are indescribable. I will only say to you: enter, and you will not only be satisfied, but drunk with joy, transported with admiration, stunned.
—Jean-Eugène Robert-Houdin

The Bonimenteur, in order of appearance, is the second character encountered in Yasmine’s quest for the Heptahedron.

The Bonimenteur’s name comes from the French slang bonir (to tell stories in a nice way). Indeed, a boniment is a statement that is often exaggerated and sometimes misleading, which aims to please, convince, or seduce. Magician, politician, painter, salesman, designer, journalist, or simply neighbour; standing on a soapbox, the Bonimenteur speaks to our souls. A master of illusions, using any kind of language as a tool, he excels in making coherent worlds appear before our eyes. Conquering our neurons, he is capable, to our great satisfaction, of making us confuse a fingertip for the moon. Our communities are centred on fictions that help them to be better organised. If the boniment is a tool that allows fables to have the appearance of truth, then the Bonimenteur is the figure through which fiction becomes reality, enabling people to adhere to the common visions that bind us, forming communities, societies, civilisations, and humanity.

What we call “reality” is, in fact, the result of a collective gathering within our shared imaginations. Could we not say then that art, in its close relationship to the real, has a chimerical likeness to an illusion? And could we not say, therefore, that any work of art is, in fact, a work of boniment?

To bring the Bonimenteur’s character to life, and to shed light on this paradox, this exhibition calls on the works of Neue Gestaltung, GRAU, and Bernhard Martin.

Rendez-vous at Bergen Kunsthall, and to find out more about what goes on in the head of this character, read Side Magazine: The Bonimenteur.

—Yasmine d’O.



Artists
Neue Gestaltung →
GRAU →
Bernhard Martin →


Venue
Bergen Kunsthall
Rasmus Meyers allé 5
5015 Bergen




Upcoming events

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Side Venues

Exhibitions

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Date

Time

Event

Venue


Sep 8, Thursday

17:00–19:00

The Bonimenteur
Official Opening at Bergen Kunsthall
Encounter the Bonimonteur: artist introductions with Bernhard Martin, Neue Gestaltung and GRAU




at Bergen Kunsthall



Sep 10, Saturday

17:00–19:00

The Bonimenteur
Celebration of Life by Hammal Family—Live Ululation Performance
This live performance is a part of the opening days of Bergen Assembly 2022—Yasmine and the Seven Faces of the Heptahedron.

Presented inside the exhibition dedicated to the Bonimenteur, this live performance activates the work by artist duo GRAU called Bonfire.
Bonfire is at once sculpture and applied product design, and it asks us to consider the boundaries between art, technology, and anthropology, using light as a functional object with artistic purpose.
It offers a way to re-conceive the applied arts’ capability to stimulate the primal uses and the deeply engrained phenomenology of light: a universal medium that can illuminate our relationship with ourselves and spark deeper connections with others, as well as the world around us.

Visitors are encouraged to use Bonfire as a social gathering point and a place for contemplation.

Admission to the exhibition is free for the entire run-time of Bergen Assembly 2022.


at Bergen Kunsthall



Oct 6, Thursday

17:00–19:00

The Bonimenteur
Exhibition walk with guest:
t.b.a.

Bergen Kunsthall

Free Admission




at Bergen Kunsthall



Oct 8, Saturday

14:00–16:00

The Bonimenteur
Exhibition walk with activity:
t.b.a.

Bergen Kunsthall

Free Admission




at Bergen Kunsthall



Oct 9, Sunday

12:00–14:00

The Bonimenteur
Family Workshop: Storytelling around the Bonfire

Bergen Kunsthall

Free Admission

Participation is free of charge but requires pre-registration via email.


at Bergen Kunsthall



Oct 9, Sunday

15:00–17:00

The Bonimenteur
Gathering:
t.b.a.

Bergen Kunsthall

Free Admission




at Bergen Kunsthall