A compelling exhibition… This is what the Palais de Tokyo offers with a new Carte Blanche given to artist Anne Imhof called Natures Mortes expected to run from May to Fall 2021 – to date still unknown because of the health crisis and the closure of museums.
An exhibition assuring continuity with the previous cartes blanches initiated in 2007 by Ugo Rondione and the latest one was held in 2018 with Tomàs Saraceno. The idea behind the display? “[Highlighting] the amplour and protean character of her practice”, as the museum explains in a release. A retrospective that is expected to show both her work as a painter and as a drawer and sculptor.
Inspired by Picabia’s “Natures Mortes: Portrait de Cézanne, Portrait de Renoir, Portrait de Rembrandt”, Anne Imhof’s exhibition highlights “the entropy and degradation occurring in the action of living”. A title, Natures Mortes – or Still Life – questioning “one’s perception of what is alive and what is not and underlining the contractions that happen between these two states of the being and the matter” like the artistic genre dear to many artists, Cézanne included.
Two universes – still life and the “formative part of her work” – causing then “a manifestation of the absence, of what has already or not yet happened and of which there are sometimes remnants and traces”. And an exhibition area, the Palais de Tokyo that becomes – just like during her exhibition at the Venice German Pavilion in 2017 – a place of “resonance and duplication”. Like the Venice Biennale, the artist has emptied the place from its temporary structures on the occasion, only keeping the very framework of the building.
She sets up “a wide landscapes made of recycled glass panels”, recreating both an urban and domestic environment with “an open architectural space, transformed into a vast sonic body and an inhabited labyrinth”. Between isolation and perception, visitors are faced with “the hierarchical systems it embodies so as to generate new images in which the live, visual arts, music and architecture merge”.
An exhibition also putting together – in addition to her major works such as Rage, Angst, Faust and even Sex – a never-before-seen collection of old and new art productions such as paintings, drawings, sculptures, installations, musical creation, and even shaped as a new performative piece. And works “resonating” with the universe of other artists such as Alvin Baltrop, Trisha Donnelly, Eliza Douglas, Théodore Géricault, David Hammons, Eva Hesse, Joan Mitchell, Cady Noland and even Paul Thek.
Tarif réduit: €9
Plein tarif: €12
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