From 3th to 21 of february

For its next exhibition, le Coeur presents an exhibition and sale around the series of hearts of a card game. Artists are invited to use a real or imaginary play, create, modify, a map or more in the entire series of hearts, and wildcard.


“I’d like to give you an appointment in Paris in the heart of Le Marais, “le Coeur “to celebrate by an unexpected exhibition, Valentine’s Day. Starting with the name of the place, the universal symbol of love, the invitation extended to artists, is to send us a work – a Valentine in short – the format of which will not exceed the dimensions of an A4. Artists are invited to use, modify, create one, several or all of the cards in the series of hearts, as well as the wild card, an existing card game or invented. Beyond this “pagan festival” Following the ancient tradition of Lupercalia, one of the starting points of this exhibition is the Marseille tarot reinvented by the Surrealists and the work of Max Ernst used to appear on the exhibition “Surrealism” in 1964. This exhibition will celebrate the character and love pangs, affection, charm and tenderness through one of its symbols, the heart.

The cards are a metaphor of our board games. Playing cards is a free activity, or sometimes free entertainment that pushes us to love distraught, in traps, bites of trickery and impertinence Joker. “- Timothy Chaillou


Changes goshawks maps offered by a wide range of artists are presented for sale between € 100 and € 1,000. Bias according to the mission that has set the Heart decompartmentalize traditional exhibition space, to move the boundaries and to offer artists new expression territories and remain accessible to the acquisition .

The exhibition will close with an evening Croc Love February 13. The occasion to celebrate or get his or her valentine (e) and to offer or afford a work of the artists.


“So when a man, whether worn for boys or women, even met one who is its half, it is marvelous that transport of tenderness, trust and love before them ; they would no longer be separated, if only for a moment. “- Plato’s Symposium

The heart is a common symbol used since ancient times to represent the center of emotional activity, spiritual, moral or intellectual. A red heart is the symbol of life, health, courage, friendship and love. It is sometimes pierced by an arrow, illustrating the intervention of Eros, or broken, then representing a disappointment in love.

In traditional card games, cards typically have two distinguishing features: their value and sign. Values ​​are often numbers or figures. Signs, usually four in number and sometimes referred to as “colors” are the symbols of a series. The heart is one of four French retailers with the spade, the tile and clover, which were introduced by the card makers in the 15th century, for adaptation and simplification of German retailers (acorns, bells, leaves and hearts). The King, Queen and Jack represent characters in costumes from the 15th century. In the series of hearts, King Door beard, mustache, crown and holding a sword or a spectrum. It is the highest card (or immediately following the Ace or Ten). It is called Charles in reference to Charlemagne or Charles VII. The Lady wears a long pink hair and holds a right hand. It is called Judith, in reference to the biblical heroine, who dismissed the Jewish people from the threat of Assyrian invasion by beheading General Holofernes. The valet is dressed as a squire or servant. It is called La Hire in reference to the comrade in arms of Joan of Arc, a symbol of bravery, loyalty and valor. The joker, which was invented around 1850, replaces any other card of a game. It is represented as a buffoon or clown goblin, sometimes holding playing cards in hand. Some games do not make use, others are the most important card becoming thus a “imperial asset”.