Every year, the Monnaie de Paris welcomes a contemporary artist for a great exhibition in an atypical venue, the former money factory in Paris. This time, it’s Kiki Smith who’s invited, a first for a French institution.
By invitation from the Monnaie de Paris, the artist can display her works in 10 big rooms of the historic monument, that is to say 1000sqm…
Her work, Kiki Smith starts it when she’s 20 years, when she’s studying at the Hartford Art School, Connecticut in 1974. She joins the Collaborative Projects in 1976 and discover how unconventional materials are used for art.
Her works are committed. Kiki Smith is feminist and swings into action after the AIDS epidemic in 1980 in the USA. Her entire work shows her fights through human bodies – often female – she represents sometimes broken, sometimes enhanced, with different materials such as bronze, plaster, glass, china, tapestry, paper and even wax…
If Kiki Smith isn’t well known in France, the artist has been named in 2006 in Times “100 men and women whose power, talent or moral example is transforming our world”. She then has been awarded the U.S. State Department Medal of Arts in 2012 and an award for her whole career from the International Sculpture Center.
A wonderful discovery!
From 18 October 2019 to 9 February 2020
Monnaie de Paris
11, quai Conti
75006 Paris 6
Horaires : 11h-19h, du mardi au dimanche, nocturne le mercredi jusqu'à 21h