Yesterday, I walked to the Bon Marché Rive Gauche to see the new exhibition of Ai Weiwei named « Er Xi » ( playground). It presents some exclusive pieces of the Chinese artist made especially for the department store. I am surprised (not in the good way) that the first exhibition in France of this major contempory artist takes place here and not in some Museums. The works exposed are poetic with a lot of references to the Chinese culture. It’s beautiful but perhaps a little bit too wise. I like when Ai weiwei is iconoclast and make a criticism of our modern world. I will let you meditate with one of his quote : » I call on people to be ‘obsessed citizens,’ forever questioning and asking for accountability. That’s the only chance we have today of a healthy and happy life. »
Till the 20th of Febuary at Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche: 24, rue de Sèvres, 75007 Paris
On the occasion of the first presentation in Europe of the « Shadows » serie in its entirety, the Modern Art Museum of the City of Paris devotes a special exhibition to Andy Warhol. With over 200 pieces, it highlights the serial dimension of the artwork of the artist, a key aspect of his work, and his ability to rethink the principles of the exhibition. It includes of course the classics like the series of « Mao », « Jackie » or « Electric Chairs ». But what interested me most were the videos which are rarely seen. There are however real gems like the « Screen Tests ».
After the success of the first two editions, Anne and Julien, the duo who founded the magazine « Hey! Modern Art & Pop Culture », come back for a new opus. Sixty-two international artists, representative of the lowbrow art, the outsider art, the pop surrealism or simply from the underground culture, came to shake up the codes of art and to reveal their often unrecognized artwork of the general public or unpublished in France. You will notice that US artists are well represented with Christopher Conn Askew, Marion Peck, Steven Kenny, Deborah Simon and Mark Ryden. But the other countries were not outdone. I really like the sculptures about the vanities by the French Hervé Bohnert, the acerbic drawings by the Serbian Aleksandar Todorovic, the « stones Laughing » by the Japanese Hirotoshi Ito, the babies monsters by the Korean Yu-Pei Lian and many others. Less gloomy, funnier than the last, this edition has an extraordinary quality and it is very inspiring. Do not miss if you are in Paris!
Till the 13th of March 2016 at La Halle Saint Pierre : 2, rue Ronsard, 75018 Paris
Iconoclastic performer, Arthur Gillet became known in France by visiting naked an exhibition about the male in art at the Musée d’Orsay. He also participated in happenings at the MAC / VAL and at the Venice Biennale. But it is as a designer that he was present at the last Maison & Objet. His work on the myth of Narcissus and vanity called « Memento Mori » was selected for the « Talents à la carte »: seven phallic objects between tank and bell which reveals an anamorphic on their reflective surfaces. These pieces are very conceptual offering a deep reflection about our time, the « self » and how we use design. This eccentric artist refuses to submit to the established rules, it goes beyond the borders of the graphic arts to achieve global artistic experiences. This is not his first outburst in the design world. He presented his collaboration with Cassina at the International Furniture Exhibition in Milan.
After their dreamlike banquet, the artists of the Japanese collective Teamlab return to Maison&Objet with a botanical fairyland. 2300 orchids were suspended upside down in a white space. As if they had some awareness, they rise up with the approach of the viewer and resume their place. This installation is inspired by the Kôan zen, some Buddhist riddles. By modeling the wonderful, the experience of floating flower garden called to the awakening and introduces the visitor to ecology. It was a real sensory experience full of poetry, a moment of serenity despite the wait to access it. Definitely, Teamlab are very talented!