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Partnership announced between K11 Art Foundation and Centre Pompidou

The Hong Kong-based K11 Art Foundation has announced the creation of a three-year partnership with the Centre Pompidou in Paris. This partnership will focus on contemporary Chinese art. The K11 Art Foundation will provide support to the Centre Pompidou in the context of its research program to find young Chinese artists. It will include the nomination of a Chinese curator who will provide a profound understanding of different movements that constitute Chinese contemporary art as well as a greater capacity to recognise fresh talent. This collaboration follows the exhibition “What about China?” organised by the Paris museum, which obtained veritable success. Adrian Cheng, founder of the K11 Art Foundation, remarked, “Centre Pompidou was one of the first international institutions to show its commitment to Chinese artists by showcasing the vitality of contemporary Chinese creation.” In addition to creating this partnership, Adrian Cheng has donated two pieces to Centre Pompidou, The Material by Zhang Enli, and Corporate (4 Knives Groups) by Xu Zhen. Adrian Cheng created the non-profit K11 Art Foundation in 2010, which aims to promote Chinese contemporary art abroad. Thanks to its framework, it has collaborated with different institutions such as the Institute of Contemporary Art in...

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Daniel Cordier makes a new donation to Centre Pompidou

Art collector Daniel Cordier has made a new donation to the Centre Pompidou comprised of over 150 non-Western objects and thirteen major works by Paul Klee, Dado, Georgik, Bernard Réquichot and Louise Nevelson. Since 1973, Daniel Cordier has made numerous donations to different museum institutions. In total, the Centre Pompidou has received over a million objects and art pieces. In addition to its contemporary art collection, a part of which he has bestowed, Cordier also owns diverse objects, issued by non-Western societies, such as Chinese dream stones, and rice sickles from Cambodia. He made a first donation of these objects in 2010 and over time continued to reiterate his generous acts, providing the museum with numerous pieces which accumulated. The last donations have been joined according to the sensitivity of the collector, without specific purposes, throughout his life. The exhibition “Donations Daniel Cordier, the disorders of pleasure”, co-organised by the Centre Pompidou and Les Abattoirs of Toulouse, highlighted the possible connections between these objects and other works of art. In addition to the legacy of objects and works, Daniel Cordier has given numerous archives to the Centre Pompidou: the first set was related to the activities of the Cordier Gallery between 1956 and 1964, with the second set concerning personal items. It is an extremely rich documentation that enlightens the choices made by the art lover. It was in his joining the Résistance and working for Jean Moulin that Daniel Cordier began his activities as a collector. He opened his first gallery in 1956 and organised the first exhibitions dedicated to Dubuffet and Michaux. Cordier currently works as an art historian, and writes about his experience as a...

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Anselm Kiefer at Centre Pompidou

From 16 December 2015 to 18 April 2016, the Centre Pompidou in Paris is to host an exhibition dedicated to Anselm Kiefer‘s work. This is the first retrospective of the artist in France in thirty years, spanning the works of Anselm Kiefer from the late 1960s to present day. Bringing together nearly 150 works, monumental installations and large format paintings will be presented alongside more intimate works. Kiefer brings into play through these differing formats a long-gone industrial age; a mysterious presence of elements which the artist emphasises. Among the 60 exhibited paintings are included iconic paintings, such as Varus, Margarete and Sulamith. The exhibition will unveil nearly 40 glass “display cases”, created specifically for this event on the theme of alchemy and Kabbalah, the esoteric tradition of Judaism. The themes of time, as well as memory, are also at the centre of his work. In the lobby of Centre Pompidou, there will be an installation of a Saturnine universe, created with the artist’s favourite materials (lead, water, and metal) as well as thousands of photographs taken by the artist, which bring an almost biographical element to the piece. The artist produced the majority of these installations at Barjac, a commune in the Gard department in southern France, and his life and work environment from 1993 until 2007. Born in 1945 in Donaueschingen, Germany, Anselm Kiefer is a contemporary visual artist who has lived and worked in France since 1993. He is considered as one of the most important German artists since the end of World War II. Kiefer is a key player in the renewal of German painting of the 1970s, from an international context marked by Neo-Expressionism. He represented Germany at the 1980 Venice Biennial, alongside Georg...

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“Dying prohibited”: a tribute to Gil Joseph Wolman at Centre Pompidou

Until 5 October 2016, the Centre Pompidou in Paris will pay tribute to the artist Gil Joseph Wolman, twenty years after his passing. Wolman created numerous works with various media such as collages and paintings, as well as poetry and film. He is considered a pioneer of conceptual and minimal art. From 1950, he sought to deconstruct broad concepts such as language or cinema. He is particularly known for his film L’Anticoncept which consists of alternating light and darkness, projected onto a weather balloon with poetry in the background. In 1963, he created L’Art-Scotch, which for him was a new means of artistic expression: printed strips are pulled with an adhesive film before being glued to a canvas. Wolman used this process to report on political events, like the Vietnam War and the protest movements of 1968. Throughout his life, Wolman was close to many artistic movements, from which he separated afterwards, including the First and Second Letterist International; the separationist movements which he himself founded. The tribute offered by the Centre Pompidou will present a unique set of works, enriched by the gift of two works by the artist’s family: HHHHHH Un homme saoul en vaut deux and Horror of Horror....

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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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