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culture, came to shake up the codes of art and to reveal their often unrecognized artwork of the general public or unpublished in France.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
La Gaîté Lyrique invited the Dutch trendsetter Lidewij Edelkoort to reveal our states of mind and our relationship to the world through 225 iconic pieces from the collections of the Centre National des Arts Plastiques.
She made this finding: “Ever since the dawn of time, people have been consulting oracles to make sense of the changes in their lives, to understand what is about to happen to them. And the CNAP’s design collection, because it brings together a great number of iconic works in the field of design, of objects that have achieved cult-like status, is perfectly able to play just such a role. The objects in the exhibit were born out of desire, progress or need. As such, they represent a small fragment of culture, part of an era.”So the furniture and objects speak about us. Scenographic thematically, she has put forward ten major categories: Archaic, Nomad, Abstract, Naïve, Curious, Single, inflated, Organic, Humble, Mutant. Each expresses a desire, a life style. On the Website of La Gaîté Lyrique, you can also test yourself to find which one fits you.
All of this may seem very conceptual but, at the end, the show is pretty simplistic. I expected much more from Li Edelkoort particularly on scenography. The documentation and explanations are very provided and allow a better understanding of Design. Some may therefore be disappointed.
Oracles du Design till the 16th of August at La Gaîté-Lyrique: 3, bis, rue Papin, 75003 Paris
La Mère de Famille, the famous french chocolate specialist and Fricote, the French magazine about food culture, have associated to support the exhibition of a talented illustrator : Jean Jullien. Called » Petit Appétit », it brings together works by the artist on the theme of food: attitudes of « foodies », consumption patterns and market trends is decrypted with humor. On this occasion, gourmet products were created: the lollipop « Grump », a chocolate spread, a shuffleboard box « Les Cousins », a chocolate tablet « Les Jumeaux » and two ice cream flavors. The exhibition takes place in two different spot at once: the concept store Colette and the gallery L’Imprimerie.
Galerie L’Imprimerie : 16 rue Saint Merri, 75004 Paris. From June the 22th to July the 5th, 2015
Colette: 213 rue Saint-Honoré, 75001 Paris. From June the 22th to July the 17th, 2015
After a successful show of « Body Language » in Milan, Dutch Invertuals presented at D’Days in Paris.
This exhibition is an exploration that reflects, moves, shines and glows. The crafting materials are with character rather than function. They Flirt with new esthetics. At the same time they cultivate the presence of a new kind of language: Body Language.
Within the context of the future of way of life, the designers explore the esthetics and complexities of an increasingly virtual world. Technology is becoming invisible. The intactile world is gaining ground in the understanding of who we are. While physical objects lose its functions, forms are freed. What is left are merely bodies reflecting our identities.
Dutch Invertuals is a collective of designers who are expanding the limits of their profession : Edhv, Alissa+Nienke, A.Meijer, B.van Nerven & R.Gomperts, D.Laurens, D.Dekker, J.Visser & M.Martens, J.Wand, T.Vailly & L-L.Jansen, N.van Bart. They are with different backgrounds, but with one thing in common: experiment is principal. They present the research into the meaning of cohesion. About the interrelation between objects, materials, parts and dimensions.
During the ninth edition of the design biennial in Saint Etienne in France, the Museum of Art and Industry presents an exhibition about the meeting between the Tuning, art and design. The mix may be unlikely. But the result is very interesting and shows that what is good for one may seem horrible for others. But what is the Tuning? This is the set of changes made to a standart vehicle to improve its performance or style, or simply make it unique. Addicted to « Fast & Furious » will love!
Till the 6th of may at the Museum of Art and Industry: 2, place Louis Comte, 42000 Saint Etienne