Past: May 3 → August 6, 2012
Following Philippe Parreno in 2009, Jean-Michel Othoniel in 2011 and preceding Adel Abdessemed and Mircea Cantor invited in the Fall of 2012, this exhibition is part of the series which the Centre Pompidou is devoting to mid-career artists of the French scene.
Designed for the Galerie Sud of the Centre Pompidou and conceived by the artist, this unprecedented installation is a work in itself, akin to a symphony, made up of four recent films — shown in a precise time sequence, forming a loop of one hour — as well as objects and photographs. The films carry the visitor away to different locations : Sarajevo, in an evocation of the 1992-95 siege 1395 Days without Red, 2011, Berlin, with a Buckminster Fuller-inspired geodesic dome Answer Me, 2008, Bordeaux with a deserted music-hall Le Clash, 2010 and, finally, the famous Aztec site of Tlatelolco in Mexico City Tlatelolco Clash, 2011.
Through the films, following an elaborate spatializing of their sound, the Galerie Sud will be turned into a music box, in which a symphony by Tchaikovsky will take turns with an instrumental version of the Clash’s “Should I Stay or Should I Go” and drum rhythms.
The exhibition also plays with the very space of the Galerie Sud, its location at street level and its visual continuity with the cityscape: standing on the edge between fiction and reality, the visitors of the installation face passers-by strolling past the Centre Pompidou. However, they are constantly brought back to the present by the playing of ten snare drums Doldrums, 2008 which spring to life periodically. The sculpture No Window No Cry, made up of a small music box set into one of the windows of the exhibition gallery next to a “bubble” blown into the glass, plays, when activated, a simplified version of the song “Should I Stay or Should I Go” The Clash, 1981, a tune which also resonates throughout Le Clash and Tlatelolco Clash, two of the films being shown. Heard in the three works, this very tune lures the spectator away from reality into fiction.
Place Georges Pompidou
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Every day except Tuesday, 11 AM – 10 PM
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Gratuit pour les moins de 13 ans, billet exonéré pour les moins de 18 ans. Et pour tout le monde, les premiers dimanches du mois.
- Collections contemporaines du Centre Pompidou — Des années 1960 à nos jours Ongoing exhibition
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- Ex Situ Ends in 25 days
- Mike Kelley Ends in 3 months
- L’Image dans la sculpture Ends in 3 months
- TA-DA ! — Une proposition interractive de Navid Nuur Ends in 4 months
- Upcoming Geneviève Asse — Peintures In about 1 month
- Cinéastes en correspondance — Albert Serra / Lisandro Alonso Ends in about 1 month