“Centre Pompidou”

Clément Chéroux, the third eye

A specialist in the art of looking, Clément Chéroux is a curator at the Centre Pompidou, where he has been head of the photography department since 2013. His keen eye makes him a highly observant eyewitness of the images that now haunt our world. An eye-to-eye interview. “Ten years of photography acquisitions at the Centre Pompidou”… This is the gist of the exhibition organised by Clément Chéroux and Karolina Ziebinska-Lewandowska, to celebrate the 20th edition of Paris Photo: a selection of around one hundred works from the museum’s collections – one of the largest in Europe, comprising around 40,000 prints to date. Let’s note that this event is not just another exhibition on the genealogy of forms or the subversion of images; it is a major overview, almost a manifesto, illustrating the highlights over a century on which the photographic medium left its mark. Its title? “The Pencil of Culture”, in allusion to the book by William Henry Fox Talbot published in 1844, “The Pencil of Nature”. Another time, another paradigm… For Clément Chéroux, the image is well and truly a “marker of culture” today. Explanations follow. The exhibition borrows its title from the very first book on the history of photography, The Pencil of Nature by Talbot. What is the idea behind this title? When photography was invented and revealed to the public in 1839, its main aim could be summed up as reproducing reality faithfully and quickly. Hence Talbot’s title, seeing photography as “the pencil of nature”, a nature that prints itself on the sensitive plate without the artist adding any gestures to it. The quality of the image, the way Talbot saw it, came primarily from its truthful character. Today, over 170 years later, photography’s main quality can no longer be reduced to its capacity to...

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The Centre Pompidou to celebrate its 40th birthday in Arles

The Centre Pompidou will be celebrating its 40th birthday everywhere in France, even at the Rencontres d’Arles 2017. Here, the museum will be presenting, from 3 July to 24 September, the exhibition “Le spectre du surrealism”, curated by Karolina Ziebinska-Lewandowska. The exhibition will query archetypes in surrealist photography, from Jacques-André Boiffard’s Gros Orteil to Dora Maar’s Portrait d’Ubu. The diachronic exhibition will bring into dialogue Hans Bellmer and Aneta Grezeszykowska, Brassaï and Zoe Leonard, René Magritte and Erwin Wurm, as well as Raoul Ubac and Arthur...

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“The Pencil of Culture” presents 100 works acquired by the Centre Pompidou

At the 20th edition of Paris Photo, the Centre Pompidou is putting on an exhibition of around one hundred photographs, called “The Pencil of Culture”. The works were acquired in the last decade and are only a sample of the 11,841 photographs listed in the museum’s inventories since 2007, coming from collections such as Christian Bouqueret’s, acquired in 2011 (over 7,000 vintage prints form the 1930s and 1940s). Presented in the Salon d’Honneur at the Grand Palais, the exhibition refers to one of the first works on photography, The Pencil of Nature, published by William Henry Fox Talbot in 1844. Over 40 artists will be presented, from August Sander to Sherrie Levine, from Jeff Wall to Thierry Fontaine. Holding 40,000 prints, the Centre Pompidou’s photography collection is one of Europe’s largest, covering the modern and contemporary...

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Jean-Pierre Criqui, exhibition curator for contemporary art at the Centre Pompidou

The Centre Pompidou in Paris has announced the appointment of Jean-Pierre Criqui as exhibition curator for contemporary art. An art historian and critic, Criqui was also head editor of Cahiers du Musée national d’art moderne from 1994 until now. He has also formerly worked as an adviser in the French ministry of culture and communication and as a freelance curator. In 2010, Criqui was also placed in charge of meetings and conferences at the Centre Pompidou. He has written works on artists including Katharina Fritsch, Bernard Frize, Gabriel Orozco, Allen Ruppersberg, and Ken Price, and in 2014, published a catalogue of conversations with artist Christian Marclay, On&By Christian...

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Kader Attia, winner of the Prix Marcel Duchamp 2016

The names were revealed in February this year: Kader Attia, Barthélémy Toguo, Ulla von Brandenburg and Yto Barrada, finalists of the Prix Marcel Duchamp 216. Until 30 January 2017, these artists – from diverse origins and horizons – will be exhibited at the Centre Pompidou, in Paris. Alicia Knock is the curator of this hanging emphasising the multiplicity of the artistic scene, blending poetry with current affairs. Kader Attia, to whom the 2016 prize was attributed on 18 October at the Centre Pompidou, is presenting Le Monde est fait de fantômes, a work paying homage to the Algerians killed during a demonstration on 17 October 1961. “Kader Attia leads us on a personal reflection on the situation of a world that is more divided than ever. Through a labyrinth associating the most diverse types of representation, attempting to stitch together the fragments of a withering world, Kader Attia offers a portrait of the artist as a bonesetter,” declared Bernard Blistène, president of the jury. Meanwhile, Gilles Fuchs, president of the Association pour la Diffusion Internationale de l’Art Français (ADIAF), hailed “an artist exceptional for his natural generosity and the height of his...

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