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 ».
Paul McCarthy settles in the Monnaie de Paris until the fourth of January 2015 with an amazing work called Chocolate Factory. Disturbing, intriguing, he denounces with violent the society of overproduction and overconsumption. More than an simple exhibition, it is a monumental installation that proposes the artist. On arrival, we discover a factory, which duplicates chocolates by ten in the chain. Some blond women, dressed in red like Christmas elves, are responsible for the operation of the machine. At the back of the room, we enter in a odd world where dozens of pallets of chocolates are stored. The soft lighting, the exquisite chocolate scent and the weird sounds plunges the viewer into a feeling between attraction and repulsion.
Chocolate Factory by Paul McCarthey
Monnaie de Paris : 11, Quai de Conti, 75006 Paris
Till the 4th of January 2015
Till the 11th of January 2015, the Palais de Tokyo offers one of the best exhibitions of Contemporary art that I seen since a while. “Inside” is an invitation to walk though the Museum metamorphosed by the artists in such a way that from a installation to another one we find ourselves inside the works. This group exhibition brings together Jean-Michel Alberola, Christian Boltanski, Bruce Nauman and many other artists. More than a exhibition, it gives the visitors a unique experience. If you are in Paris, don’t miss it!
Palais de Tokyo: 13, avenue du Président Wilson, 75116 Paris
Belgrade is not only a great city to party. Despite the lack resources, cultural initiatives are developing more and more like October Salon. For its 54th edition, this event features artists from the Balkans working on daily life and how we see and understand the human today. I was particularly touched by the work of Boris Sribar « Men do not cry » and Slaven Toj « I’m dangerous, kill me in front of my eyes children, » two performances in line with Marina Abramovic. In addition to the exhibition, lectures and workshops are held throughout the time of the show.
Till November the 17th
More information can be found on the website www.oktobarskisalon.org
Technology has become more and more important in the world of contemporary art. In the various experiments, some like Nick Briz, Rosa Menkman andTony « Ant » Scott aestheticized analog or digital errors. The bug becomes art. Glitch art goes out of the shadows and become trend. Just look at the latest ad for the Rouge Chanel or the video presentation of the exhibition Jean Paul Gaultier in New Yorkand you will understand the phenomenon. I’ve also prepared a Pinterest board for more exemples.