Nature morte vivante
9 Février 2011 - 18 Mars 2011
Jennifer Allora & Guillermo Calzadilla, Tony Cragg, Willem de Rooij, Wolfgang Laib, Adriana Lara, Richard Long, Jean-Luc Moulène, Gabriel Orozco, Anri Sala, Alain Séchas, Reena Spaulings, Wolfgang Tillmans, Andy Warhol
As a representation of natural inanimated objects in a Greek Epicurean manner, recuperated by Christian symbolism (appearance of vanitas), the still life incarnates overall the bourgeois and Realist painting of the 17th century. For a while it was considered the lowest rank, not to mention vulgar, in the hierarchy of academic art, it was rehabilitated in the 19th century and especially in the 20th century by the Cubist avant-garde, but also by the Surrealists. A 1956 painting emblematic of the nuclear mysticism of Dali (and preserved at the Dali Museum of St Petersburgh in Florida) carries the title Still Life - Fast Moving. In this painting, we find levitating several motifs addressed in the present exhibition, in a purely coincidental manner.