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Olivier Michelon Appointed Chief Curator at Fondation Louis Vuitton

Olivier Michelon have been appointed as new chief curator of the Fondation Louis Vuitton, in Paris, from March 2016. Olivier Michelon, who has been at the Musée des Abattoirs—the FRAC institution in the Midi-Pyrenees region—for over three years, will leave his position in Toulouse to become the new chief curator at the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris next March. Michelon was appointed as head of Les Abattoirs in March 2012, when he was 36 years old. He previously worked at the Musée départemental d’art contemporain de Rochechouart, in the French region of Haute-Vienne. In the meantime, he will still oversee the Toulouse museum’s upcoming exhibition featuring Antoni Tàpies, which opens on February 12. The much-awaited $143 million Fondation Louis Vuitton—LVMH CEO Bernard Arnault’s long-held dream—opened to the public on 27 October...

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Musée des Abattoirs in Toulouse re-opening

Toulouse, 3 July 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA). The Musée des Abattoirs in Toulouse, France, re-opened on Friday 29 June after five months of restoration works with the exhibition “La vie des formes” (The life of forms) managed by new director Olivier Michelon. The exhibition is taking place until 2 September 2012. The exhibition consists of different works from the Musée des Abattoirs’ collection (Michel Blazy, Yayoi Kusama, Peer Kogler, Daniel Cordier), from the FRAC, from artists’ books collections, from loans by the Centre Pompidou (Franz West, Mona Hatoum, Anthony McCall), and from specific creations (Lucy Skaer, Michael Beutler). Michelon, who is also the director of the Midi-Pyrénnées Fond Régional d’Art Contemporain (Regional fund for contemporary art), asserted how necessary it is to incorporate the museum’s permanent collection into the exhibitions’ scheduling. “It is a driving force, not a deadweight” he added. As described in the press release: “This exhibition constructs itself on the hypothesis of an autonomous life of the forms, a growth that would develop within the Abattoirs through interposed works until physical frontiers are transcended.” Borrowing its title from art historian Henri Focillon’s book, the exhibition “La vie des formes” ends in a cinema room where scientific movies and psychedelic experimentations by James Whitney are screened. Michelon underlines: “The Abattoirs’ function resides in its capacity to host artists, works, and visitors and to initiate a movement going beyond a simple location...

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