“Centre Pompidou”

Mona Hatoum at Centre Pompidou

Until 28 September 2015, Centre Pompidou in Paris hosts the most comprehensive solo exhibition to date dedicated to Mona Hatoum. With more than a hundred works representing the interdisciplinary nature of the British artists’ work, the exhibition reflects her exploration of materials and media through sculpture, performance, video and photography. Rich in the heritage of conceptual art, minimalism and body art, Mona Hatoum is at the helm of a fluctuating work, irreducible to a theme. The artist employs daily objects, such as kitchen utensils, permeated with special significance, evidenced in the Palestinian embroideries made by NGOs in Twelve Inaash Windows (2012-2013), as well as her own body, which became a territory mapped by a medical camera in Foreign Body (1994), where elements such as hair became a medium, as in Recollection (1995). In addition to her sculptures and installations, the recurring motif of bars, several videos, photographs and documents complete the exhibition. Born in Beirut, Lebanon in 1952, Mona Hatoum was visiting London in 1975 when war broke out in her native country. Forced to remain in the UK, she studied at the Byam Shaw School of Art and at the Slade School or Art. The artist began her career with performance and videos in the 1980’s before turning to sculpture and installations in the decade that followed. She has exhibited notably at the Centre Pompidou (1994) as well as the White Cube, London (1995), the New Museum, New York (1997), the Kunstmuseum Bonn (2004), and at Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art in Dohan, Qatar (2014). In 2011 the artist won the Joan Miró International Contemporary Art Prize. She currently lives and works between London and...

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Julien Prévieux at Centre Pompidou

The winner of the 2014 prestigious contemporary art prize Prix Marcel Duchamp, Julien Prévieux, will be exhibiting at the National Modern Art Museum from 23 September until February 1st 2016, in space 315. As winner of the Prix Marcel Duchamp-which was created in 2000 by the Association for the International Diffusion of French Art (ADIAF), the artist is given the opportunity to have a solo exhibition of his works at Centre Pompidou. Michel Gautier, curator of the exhibit, defines the works of Julien Prévieux as a “history of motion capture”, following the footsteps of Georges Demenÿ at the end of the 19th century, up to the very recent “activity based intelligence” of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. The aesthetics conveyed, according to Michel Gautier, “meet the criteria of artistic modernity.” The exhibition will begin September 22, along with a prize of € 35.000 being awarded to Julien Prévieux by the ADIAF. Julien Prévieux was born in Grenoble in 1974. He lives and works in Paris. His works have recently been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions, notably at the Jousse Enterprise Gallery-which represents him-at the Synagogue of Delme, at the Maison Populaire de Montreuil, as well as FRAC...

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Matisse at the Fondation Gianadda

Until 22 November 2015, the Fondation Gianadda, in Martigny, Switzerland, is hosting an exhibition dedicated to Henri Matisse entitled “Matisse in his time”, in partnership with the Centre Pompidou. Matisse’s career, which dominated the art world in the first half of the 20th century, and has inspired numerous artists of the next generations, can be seen as a ongoing artistic dialogue with his associates and friends. Through a series of masterpieces of the 20th century, by artists such as Picasso, Braque, Severini, but also Bonnard and even Delacroix, we notice how Matisse’s work is contrasted by these artists, while always renewing his Orientalist themes, like the odalisque. The curator of the exhibition, Cécile Debray, explains how these encounters are illustrated in chronological sequence, organised in six sections: from the artist’s training in Gustave Moreau’s studio to his experience at the end of the 1940s with his colourful paper cut-outs. The Fondation Gianadda, inaugurated in 1978, is a private art centre open to the public, which hosts exhibitions with artworks from private and public...

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“Les images intranquilles” at the Centre Pompidou: the uncanny with Valérie Belin

Until 14 September 2015, Valérie Belin’s “Les images intranquilles” are permeating the Centre Pompidou’s graphic art gallery with the uncanny. Indeed, Clément Chéroux hopes that these troubling photographic presences will haunt the Parisian museum in its entirety, and not only its photography gallery, which opened in November 2014. For the curator of the centre’s photography department, photography must continue to be present throughout the entire museum. This revisit of the past 15 years of Belin’s career serves as an opportunity to testify to this fact. Born in 1964, French photographer Valérie Belin first worked on the medium’s intrinsic properties, including capturing light sources, before introducing the human body in her work in the late 1990s with her Bodybuilders series. The artist began to explore the sculptural and visual aspect of the living as well as of life, which seems to animate artificial human figures such as mannequins. Since 2006, her works have entered the collections of major high-calibre institutions such as the MoMA, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Centre Pompidou, and the National Museum of Modern Art in Paris. Between inert bodies that resemble the living and portraits of the living that evoke the rigidity of the wax figures, Freud’s uncanny serves as the exhibition’s common thread. First described by the psychiatrist Ernst Jentsch in 1906, based on the fictional character of Ophelia, an automaton doll in L’Homme au Sable (1817) by the romantic writer E. T. A. Hoffman, the uncanny refers to things for which it is unclear whether they are alive, dead, inert, or animated. In a similar way, Belin blurs the boundaries between these different categories in order to query the ambiguity of the figure of the mannequin. Thus, for her latest series, Super Models (2015), Belin initially photographed shop window mannequins themselves, in her studio, in the light of the day,...

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Le Corbusier at the Centre Pompidou

Paris’ Centre Pompidou is to host a solo exhibition of the works of Le Corbusier, on the 50th anniversary of his death on 27 August 1965, entitled “Mesure de l’homme”, which is to end on 3 August 2015. Almost 300 works by the French architect, planner, and painter are to be on display to the public, including a selection of drawings, models, paintings, and photographs which demonstrate the dynamism of his creations and the general aesthetic which inextricably links the three areas of his activity. An important modernist figure, “Mesure de l’homme” explores Le Corbusier’s works through the characteristics of the human body, characteristics both cognitive and physical and which are set out as a universal principle. In his experiments in proportion and perception, Le Corbusier creates a system of composition of forms and space in which the body defines architectural dimensions and spatial composition. Additionally, the Centre Pompidou and the Le Corbusier Fondation are to organise a symposium, beginning in 2016, which is to fuse the history of the institutions, their social and political backgrounds, the history of their various backers and also the more specific history of the architects and planners involved in their construction. After the 1953 and 1962 exhibitions dedicated to Le Corbusier in his lifetime by Paris’ Musée National d’Art Moderne and the Palais de Tokyo, an important retrospective was held on the 100th anniversary of his birth, in 1986, at the Centre Pompidou in which the institution looked at all aspects of his work and all periods of his...

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