“Museum of Contemporary Art in Lyon”

Latifa Echakhch at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Lyon

Lyon, 15 February 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). From 15 February to 14 April, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Lyon will present an exhibition of Latifa Echakhch, 2013 Marcel Duchamp Prize nominee. Most commonly works by Latifa Echakhch are installations related to the space in which she creates them mixed with presonal, historical and sociological references. For this exhibition titled “Laps”, the artist took over the whole level of the museum’s building and prepared a stroll composed of “personal landscapes”. Subtlety and the poetic dimension of her work captured the attention of the Marcel Duchamp Prize committee. “I like words and words’ space, but I feel more comfortable using objects and materials. With the words the intrusion is more direct, more intimate. Though, if I didn’t become an artist I would have become a poet” – sums up Latifa Echakhch. Latifa Echakhch is represented by the Kamel Mennour Gallery in Paris. Her next solo show, starting on 24 February, will be held in the Kunsthaus in...

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Success at Biennale de Lyon

Lyon, 5 January 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA). On 31 December, the 11th edition of Biennale de Lyon closed after three months of exhibiting in four places of the city: the Sucrière, the Fondation Bullukian, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon (MAC Lyon) and at the Usine T.A.S.E. This year’s theme, designed by Argentine curator Victoria Noorthoorn, was “A terrible beauty is born”. 78 artists mainly from Europe, Africa and Latin America were invited to present their creations in the 13,000 m2 available to them by the various partner institutions of the event. Organisers revealed that over 200,000 people visited the various places of the event, which is an increase of over 21% compared to the previous edition, having attracted 165,000 visitors. Although the majority of them remain local (in the Rhône Alpes), Biennale de Lyon has attracted a younger audience as a recorded 37% of the public were under 26. In the process, the leaders of the Biennale de Lyon announced the curator for the next edition, to be held in 2013, is Gunnar Kvaran, director of the Astrup Fearnley Museum in Oslo. Kyaran is no stranger to the Lyon scene seeing as he was co-curator of the exhibition “Indian Highway”, installed last year at MAC Lyon. He also served as the curator of the Icelandic pavilion at the Venice Biennale several times between 1984 and 1990, and was, more recently, the co-curator of the Moscow Biennale in...

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“Rendez-vous 11” dedicated to young international artists

Lyon, 21 July 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA). “Rendez-vous 11”, the international platform dedicated to young artists, will be hosted in the French city of Lyon from 14 September to 13 November 2011. It will coincide with the eleventh Lyon Biennial. This international event was founded in 2002 in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Art in Lyon; the Contemporary Art Institute in Villeurbanne, in the Rhône-Alpes region; and the School of Fine Arts in Lyon. It will open with an exhibition in the Rhône-Alpes region, residency programs and new exhibitions in 2012. As an international project, “Rendez-vous 11” is supported by the Biennials of Istanbul, São Paulo, New-Orleans, Dakar, Liverpool, Sydney, Gwangju, KochiMuziris, Moscow, as well as the Yokohama Triennial. The artists exhibiting at the 2011 edition are Zarouhie Abdalian, Fouad Bouchoucha, Viriya Chotpanyavisut, Julia Cottin, François Daillant, Rohini Devasher, Newell Harry, Mohamed Konaté, Thomas Léon, Camille Llobet, Sandra Lorenzi, Soichiro Murata, Emilie Peythieu, Richard Proffitt, Matheus Rocha Pitta, Sasa, Anne-Lise Seusse, Sophie T. Lvoff, Antony Ward and Anya Zholud. The event is organised by Thierry Raspail and Isabelle Bertolotti, director and curator of the Museum of Contemporary art in Lyon respectively; Nathalie Ergino, director of the Contemporary Art Institute in Villeurbanne, Rhône-Alpes; and Yves Robert, director of the Villa Arson, also known as the National School of Fine Arts at the Villa...

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Robert Combas soon exhibited at Museum of Contemporary Art in Lyon

Lyon, 17 June 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA). After a retrospective on Ben, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MAC) in Lyon is featuring another French living artist: Robert Combas. Two hundred artists will be exhibited from February to July 2012. Robert Combas will select some of his works from the 1970’s to today and will also establish a recording studio and workshop in the museum to complete paintings and video clips. The retrospective will be entitled “Greatest Hits”. The painter was born in 1957 and likes to compare his work to rock music. He initiated the free figuration movement along with Hervé Di Rosa. After studying at the School of Fine Arts in Montpellier, Robert Combas opposed conceptual art, which was in vogue at that time, to go back to figuration. Combas is a highly productive artist, which can explain the variations in pre-auction estimates. One of his canvasses was sold for more than €60,000 in the early 1990’s and resold for about €20,000 in the year 2000. His paintings are auctioned for an average of €10,000 to €20,000. Combas is one of the best-selling French artists. Every year, he is listed in Artprice’s top 100 of contemporary artists. He ranked third in 2004, seventieth in 2006 and seventy-first in...

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