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From Octobre 13th

With this new hanging of its contemporary collections, the Modern and Contemporary Art Museum is inviting us to reconsider its major works, seen in the context of recent acquisitions and new works on deposit. With resolutely open architecture and simplified spaces designed by Richard Klein, unexpected connections have been made possible, at times departing from a strictly chronological approach and giving priority to thematic leads or bringing out societal issues. Thus the new hanging opens with a monumental installation by Nam June Paik (Mac Ever’s, 1989-1991), questioning, along with the New Realists, Bertrand Lavier and Didier Vermeiren, the terms of a critical approach to the use of domestic objects. The works by Daniel Buren, Niele Toroni, Daniel Dezeuze are a reminder of the debates on the disappearance of painting in the late 1960s. Another theme of this presentation is the end of the utopias. Calling upon the work of artists of the two generations who experienced the building and fall of the Berlin Wall, from Baselitz to Damien Deroubaix, we discover forms of alternative culture, drawing on popular imagery. Others, like the Untel group, divert objects from their banal commercial use, giving an eminently political and subversive content to their reproduction of a department store (Daily Life, 1977). The new mass communications are central to more recent issues. The views of war machines by the group of Russian artists BlueSoup suggest the repetitive functioning and the trivialized imagery of video war games. Wim Delvoye in contrast, his humour tinged with irony, displaces the conventions of advertising. Other artists, like Alain Séchas or Richard Fauguet draw on the codes of popular culture to show an at times uncertain reality.

Artists displayed: Arman, Daniel Buren, César, Anthony Cragg, Gérard Deschamps, Daniel Dezeuze, Raymond Hains, Alexei Kallima, Bertrand Lavier, Nam June Paik, Martial Raysse, Claude Rutault, Niki de Saint Phalle, Jean Tinguely, Niele Toroni, Didier Vermeiren, Michel Aubry, Donald Baechler, Georg Baselitz, Damien Deroubaix, Jörg Immendorff, Markus Lupertz, Jonathan Messe, Bjarne Melgaard, Albert Oehlen, A.R.Penck, Gilles Aillaud, Patrick Caulfield, Peter Klasen, Groupe Untel, Sylvie Blocher, BlueSoup, Richard Deacon, Wim Delvoye, Sylvie Fajfrowska,  Richard Fauguet, Georg Herold, Carlos Kusnir, Anatoly Osmolovsky, Ugo Rondinone, Alain Séchas, Wiliam Wegman.

Vue de la salle d’exposition. Musée d'Art moderne et contemporain de Strasbourg ©Mathieu Bertola