This website is a place of initiation, an invitation to discover the Art of Life.

Its name pays tribute to the dragonfly, our universal emblem, evocative of the perpetual motion of Life. Indeed, Nature lies at the Centre of everything and brings us back to our own Centre.

Throughout my projects, I have always aspired to create and to convey this Art of Life. I wished to break with tradition in order to form today this ecosystem of well-being, while respecting Nature and its cycles, the land, the Men – farmers, artisans, artists, producers and freethinkers… – and the beautiful know-how.

Through the Domaine des Etangs, located in the Charente Limousine region, a place of Life and of well-being spread over 2,500 acres, in equilibrium between the Sky and the Earth.

Through the Collection Dragonfly, a universal and universalist collection of contemporary and ethnic art, minerals, objects and books, all channelling a message of wisdom, knowledge and heritage.

Through Créations Dragonfly, a line of objects that place the spotlight on the know-how of artisans, respectful of time and of natural resources. Through books, a selection of products and objects related to Nature and its observation, as well as specialties by local producers… which will soon complement the range.

And, today, through opening this “window”, dragonfly.fr, which will, I hope, reach your heart and your eyes, perhaps fill you with wonder, make you smile and, above all, reconnect you with the essential principles of Nature.

« The First Art is Nature and Life. »

Garance Primat, Dedicated Creative Entrepreneur

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Lili ou Tony, 1965

Niki de Saint Phalle
Mixed technique (wire netting, fabric, wool, polyester and paint)
236.8 x 130.5 x 79 cm

THE ARTWORK

Full and colourful, Lili ou Tony is part of the Nanas series, her only known mural installation.

An emblematic Nana in Niki de Saint Phalle’s work, she who placed women at the heart of her art: “The world is a breast”, she said. These goddess women, light-hearted giants, free of taboos and constraints, are completely free. Their bodies are a celebration, a retrieval. Lili ou Tony, Tony or Lili, two identities free of decision-making, as Niki wanted it. She who called her dolls children continues to play at brightening reality, thereby giving people pleasure, and, in doing so, bringing them closer together.

THE ARTIST

Creation, for Niki de Saint Phalle, was primarily a mental and human liberation.

Self-taught, she discovered art during therapy, following a depression when she was twenty-three. A turning point. Her first target-paintings, her performances were cathartic. Lily ou Tony, her only known mural piece which features in the exhibition, is part of her emblematic series of Nanas, that celebrates a free and liberated woman. She would undertake a number of projects, erecting very contemporary bridges between disciplines: from drama to publishing, including cinema.

Exhibition La Lumière des Mondes (The Light of the worlds)
From 23rd May to 15th Decembre 2019
Under the creative guidance of Garance Primat
Curators: Hervé Mikaeloff et Ingrid Pux