by Jessica

b.c, janvier 1545, fontainebleau.
[Photo by Marc Domage]

Christian Rizzo is infamous for his titles that while on the surface appear obscure are actually imbued with a lot of meaning. In his last appearance in Seattle, the full title - autant vouloir le bleu du ciel et m'en aller sur un âne - combined the beginning and end of 2 separate poems. This time the title - b.c, janvier 1545, fontainebleau. - is a direct reference to a sculptor and one of his most famous works of art, tying this performance strongly to the world of visual art:
b.c, = Benvenuto Cellini, 16th century Italian artist
janvier 1545 = date of creation or installation
fontainebleau = a royal palace located 55km outside of Paris and the inspiration for a sculpture created by Cellini

Here’s the quick background that Christian’s company gave to us regarding the title:

“When Benvenuto Cellini came to France, François 1er [the King of France] was at the Château of Fontainebleau. (…) the celebrated sculptor was destined to follow in the footsteps of his illustrious predecessors, creating statuary for the most chivalrous court in Europe (…). Cellini had seen how much the King liked the Château and decided to flatter him by creating for him a statue he would name “the Nymph of Fontainebleau.”

And here's the Nymph of Fontainebleau, currently installed at the Louvre:

Nymph of Fontainebleau at the Louvre
[Image courtesy of the Follow the link above for more information on this famous sculpture.]