Monographic exhibition dedicated to French artist Martial Raysse
Curated by Caroline Bourgeois in collaboration with the artist
“The social role of the painter? To show the beauty of the world in order to encourage people to protect it and prevent it from falling apart.” Martial Raysse
Martial Raysse is one of the few artists for whom tackling the history of “great” art head on is what really matters, and this has been the case since the outset. Whether by distance, through humor or by trying to copy the masters, in accordance with the principle expressed by Eugenio Garin that “to imitate […] is to become aware of oneself in relation to another.” This is how he served his apprenticeship and throughout his life we can see, as if in the background, not just the history of art and the masterpieces of the Renaissance, but also the most banal aspects of daily life—from the aesthetics of the chain store to the tedium of little things.
By creating an ongoing dialogue between the works, the layout of the exhibition offers a new perspective on Martial Raysse’s career while highlighting the artist’s incessant toing and froing within that corpus.
Dates: From April 12 to November 11, 2015
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