"In tune with the world" unveils in all the galleries of Frank Gehry's building, until 27 August 2018, a new selection of artists from the Collection, bringing together modern and contemporary works in all media, most of which have never before been exhibited there. Beyond a fender bender, "In tune with the world" is an exhibition based on a specific theme. It refers to current questions related to the place of Man in the universe and to the new approach that links him to his environment and to the world of living things, underlining the interconnections between human, animal, plant and even mineral life.
DThey are complementary paths throughout the building: Route A, presented on level 2 of the building (galleries 9, 10 and 11), offers a dive into the world of Japanese artist Takashi Murakami (born in 1962).
Drawing on Japan's political, cultural and social history, Takashi Murakami cultivates a world apart, at once dark and fabulous, which combines Kawaii aesthetics with references to his country's traumas, such as the atomic bomb or more recently the tsunami. Through a multiplicity of forms and media (painting, sculpture, video...), echoed in this exhibition, Takashi Murakami's prolific work develops an unbridled imagination, saturated with colour and populated by fantastic creatures, half-human half-animal, where popular and learned culture, Buddhist and manga iconography, tradition and modernity, West and East, ancestral technique and advanced technology are mixed.
This presentation, conceived in close collaboration with the artist, is structured around three sets:
- Gallery 9 is dedicated to DOB, the first character invented by the artist in 1993 and considered as his alter ego. He appears as a charming mouse in the style of Mickey Mouse as well as a mischievous or ferocious monster covered with eyes and sharp teeth.
- Gallery 10 shows a monumental fresco presented for the first time in Paris. Entitled The Octopus eats its own leg (2017), it depicts characters from traditional Chinese mythology surrounded by a generous and wonderful fauna and flora. By appropriating the traditional iconography of 18th century Japanese painting combined with the style of the great historical frescoes, the artist delivers a contemporary version of the Eight Immortals of the Taoist religion.
- Gallery 11 proposes a Kawaii space, (''cute'' in Japanese) Japanese aesthetics that the artist appropriates through a plurality of forms and supports: sculpture, wallpaper, painting of flowers or manga-inspired animated film.
Course B, Man in the universe of the living, brings together 28 French and international artists of different generations, all techniques combined.
It extends over the other three levels of the building and outside in the Grotto.
Inspired by Roland Barthes' injunction in The Clear House (1980) "I have decided to take the awareness of my emotion as my guide." the works are articulated according to a principle of sensitive affinities.
The course is organised around three complementary axes, each presented on a different level of the building: Irradiances (Level 1); There infinitely (Level 0); The Man who capsizes (Level -1).
The title " Radiation " refers to the influence of Dan Flavin's work and brings together works in a variety of media: paintings, sculptures, videos and installations. Each one is the result of a continuous dialogue with nature and explores matter and its metamorphoses, which together form a cosmic landscape.
Untitled by Dan Flavin, one of his first achievements in fluorescent tube, gives off an original force giving the sculpture a particular vibration.
While the bright colours are rigorously structured in Lilak (1982) by Gerhard Richter, the two works of his series Flow (2013) refer to the flow of the paint spread by the artist's gesture and regulated by placing a glass panel on the surface, making a mirror.
According to a secret alchemical approach, the work Nachtkappe I (1986) by Sigmar Polke, was born from a novel blend of paint, indigo juice and alcohol varnish.
Water Cast 6 (2015) by Matthew Barney bears witness to the explosive meeting of molten bronze and water, generating, with the subtleties of goldsmithing, a set of abstract forms with organic connotations.
Pierre Huyghe's aquarium, Cambrian explosion (2014), echoes the explosion of the same name that marked the appearance of large animal species between 542 and 530 million years ago and takes the form of an autonomously evolving ecosystem.
The monochrome IKB81 (1957) by Yves Klein directly translates a "zone of pictorial sensitivity" while the sponges RE46 (1960) and SE231 (1960) impregnate living matter with the same blue pigment.
Reports of the rain (2014) by Mark Bradford combines collage and painting in a very musical lyrical vein.
Echoing Polke's approach, Jacqueline Humphries uses in the work Untitled (2007) of the "Silver Paintings, a silver industrial lacquer mixed with oil paint.
Commissioner General: Suzanne Pagé
Commissioners: Angéline Scherf, Ludovic Delalande and Claire Staebler
Artistic advisor and scenographer: Marco Palmieri
The artists presented :
Giovanni Anselmo (1934, Italy), Matthew Barney (1967, United States), Christian Boltanski (1944, France), Mark Bradford (1961, United States), James Lee Byars (1932-1997, United States), Maurizio Cattelan (1960, Italy), Ian Cheng (1984, United States), Andrea Crespo (1993), United States), Trisha Donnelly (1974, United States), Dan Flavin (1933-1996, United States), Cyprien Gaillard (1980, France), Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966, Switzerland), Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster (1965, France), Jacqueline Humphries (1960, United States), Pierre Huyghe (1962, France), Yves Klein (1928-1962, France), Mark Leckey (1964, United Kingdom), Henri Matisse (1869-1954, France), François Morellet (1926-2016, France), Takashi Murakami (1962, Japan), Philippe Parreno (1964, France), Sigmar Polke (1941-2010), Germany), Gerhard Richter (1932, Germany), Bunny Rogers (1990, United States), Wilhelm Sasnal (1972, Poland), Shimabuku (1969, Japan), Kiki Smith (1954, United States), Adrián Villar Rojas (1980, Argentina), Anicka Yi (1971, South Korea).