Pierre Leguillon - Merida

Saint-Martin Bookshop presents Merida

10 September – 9 October 2021

(Painting for Sale, by the Meter),
by Pierre Leguillon for the Museum of Mistakes


In 2017, while visiting the city of Mérida in the southeast Mexican state of Yucatán, Pierre Leguillon happened upon a small bar whose shoddy walls were painted in broad brushstrokes of red, blue, yellow, and black. A year later, with this camouflaged wall painting still in mind, Leguillon traveled to the Japanese city of Yame, on the island of Kyushu, on a quest to render the forms of the indigenous mural on kasuri textiles, using the ancient and highly intricate ikat dyeing technique. Working with kasuri master Kyōzō Shimogawa (下川強臓), Leguillon produced textiles that emulate the motley brushstrokes of the Meridian mural in a spirit of ambiguity and abstraction. With each resulting pattern looking slightly different than the rest, the ensuing uniqueness of each meter of fabric led Leguillon to an understanding of these works as paintings. The artist situates these paintings, which he sees as echoing the work of artists like Anni Albers, Giuseppe Pinot-Gallizio, and Blinky Palermo, in the tradition of Occidental modernism. Merida will be displayed at Saint-Martin Bookshop where, in accordance with the work’s conceptual principle, it will be sold by the meter for the entire duration of the exhibition.


A. Sales will begin at the opening of the exhibition, on Friday 10 September 2021, 6pm.

B. The paintings will be sold on a first come, first served basis.

C. Those who cannot be physically present at the exhibition can place their orders electronically at hello@saint-martin-bookshop.com.

D. The price of the first meter will be the No 41 at 1196,8 ex VAT, as defined by the price of the first frame.

E. The price of each subsequent meter will be 5% higher than that of the previous one.

F. No more than one meter can be purchased by each buyer. Each painting measures at 37.5 x 100 cm.

G. No more than 150 meters will be produced.

H. The paintings will be sold unframed.

I. An invoice will be issued by Saint-Martin Bookshop. The invoice will be stamped by Saint-Martin Bookshop and The Museum of Mistakes, and signed by Pierre Leguillon.

J. The items will be shipped from Brussels, Belgium. Shipping expenses will be covered by the buyer.

K. A list of buyers will be published when the paintings are sold out. Buyers may request to remain anonymous.


Pierre Leguillon was born in 1969 in Nogent-sur-Marne, France. He lives and works in Brussels, where he established the Museum of Mistakes in 2013. His work often incorporates fabrics, and his personal collection contains a wide range of kasuri textiles. The latter have been displayed in Wiels Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels (2015), and ‘Tifaifai’, Rotonde Balzac, Fondation des Artistes, Paris (2013).

Major solo exhibitions include: Fondation d’Entreprise Ricard, Paris (2019); MRAC Sérignan, France (2015); Wiels, Brussels (2015); Moderna Museet, Mälmo (2010); Mamco, Geneva (2010); Kadist Art Foundation, Paris (2008). He participated in the Taipei Biennial, Taiwan (2017), and in Carnegie International, Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (2013). He has held performances and lectures in Kamoshika, Ōita, Japan (2018); Dia Art Foundation, New York (2015); Beirut Art Center, Beirut (2014); Raven Row, London (2011); Artists Space, New York (2009); Musée du Louvre, Paris (2009); etc.