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“I encourage the accidents of material, and I improvise as the creation goes along. We can compare it, in the same way, to classical music and jazz.”

Pierre Cordier Chemigram 16/1/75 III, 1975
Pierre Cordier Chemigram 9/1/61 V, 1961
Pierre Cordier Chemigram 1/6/65 I
Pierre Cordier Chemigram 30/1/75 I, 1975
Pierre Cordier Chemigram 5/6/94 from 'La Suma' by Jorges Luis Borges, 1994

Pierre Cordier invented the chemigram in 1956. The chemigram combines the physics of painting (varnish, wax, oil) and the chemistry of photography (photosensitive emulsion, developer, fixer); without a camera, without an enlarger, and in full light. Cordier’s abstractions entice us to enter imaginary worlds of form, line and colour.

Pierre Cordier’s chemigrams have been exhibited internationally, including at the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris;  the Musée d’Art Moderne, Brussels; the Victoria & Albert Museum, London;  and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.