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Exposition : Des mondes construits

The exhibition “Constructed worlds” presents around fifty sculptural works from the collection of the Center Pompidou. From the famous Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi to the Polish plastic artist Monika Sosnowska, the event explores the issues of modern and contemporary sculpture. To approach this century of creation is also to pay homage to the artists who liberated sculpture from the yoke of tradition.

The exhibition “Constructed worlds, A choice of sculptures from the Center Pompidou” is part of a cycle of thematic exhibitions which presents works from the collection of the Center Pompidou - National Museum of Modern Art on the air in Metz . This third section devoted to sculpture in the continuity of “Lighthouses Musiricus” and “The Adventure of Color”, gives an overview of the richness of the collection until August 23, 2020, without falling into the pitfall of the exhaustive list and the strictly chronological progress.

By favoring a reflection on the historical context and aesthetic categories, Bernard Blistène - current director of the national museum of modern art - imagines a thematic rather than chronological journey, which explores the challenges of modern and contemporary sculpture. The hanging celebrates the most affluent sculptors of the XNUMXth and XNUMXst centuries, who dissociate sculpture from figuration, statuary and academism, and approach, through their creations, abstraction, horizontality, installation or artistic form. The sculptures of Constantin Brancusi, Alberto Giacometti, Bruce Nauman, Rasheed Araeen or even Rachel Whiteread, show how the advent of the contemporary artistic revolution allowed artists to lower the boundaries between disciplines, notably architecture, sculpture and installation.

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Although structured in thematic rooms, the exhibition is less a retrospective than a large installation. Bernard Blistène made the bold choice to give carte blanche to the Dutch visual artist Falke Pisano to produce an original installation, capable of reflecting the aesthetic codes and the history of the collection. From the first room, the artist sets the tone with his performative installation entitled Unboxing, literally "unpacking", a set of narrative devices that establish links between sculpture, exhibition space and visitor. Placed both as a preamble and conclusion of the hanging, the work offers a personal rereading of the history of the collection.

Between raw materials little transformed (Joseph Beys, Nasse Wäsche Jungfrau II, 1985), persistence of a primordial gesture and archaic forms (Ulrich Rückriem, Dolomit, 1982), search for a free form (Max Bill, Unendliche Schleife, version IV, 1960 - 1961) and desire for deconstruction (Monika Sosnowska, Rubble, 2008), "Des mondes constructues" is not limited to putting works in the window, but approaches sculpture from a perspective as historical as conceptual, thus opening up perspectives of a form in perpetual evolution.

Léa Pagnier

To know more, visit the Center Pompidou-Metz website

Photographs : 1) Guillaume Leblon, Grande Chrysocale, 2006, 80 x 370 x 70 cm, Center Pompidou, Musée national d'art Moderne, Paris © Adagp, Paris 2019 © G. Meguerditchian and Ph. Migeat - Center Pompidou, MNAM-CCI / Dist . NMR-GP

2) Bruce Nauman, Smoke Rings (Model for Underground Tunnels), 1979, green plaster: diam. : 340; h: 35 white plaster: diam. : 330; h. 50 cm, Center Pompidou, National Museum of Modern Art, Paris © Adagp, Paris 2019 © Photographic documentation service of the MNAM - Center Pompidou, MNAM-CCI / Dist. NMR-GP

3) Antoine Pevsner, Monument symbolizing the liberation of the spirit (Monument for the unknown political prisoner), 1955 - 1956, bronze, brazed brass and synthetic resin, 132 x 140 x 90 cm, Center Pompidou, National Museum of Modern Art , Paris © Adagp, Paris 2019 © Georges Meguerditchian - Center Pompidou, MNAM-CCI / Dist. NMR-GP

4) Max Bill, Unendliche Schleife, version IV (Endless ribbon, version IV), [1960 - 1961], 130 x 175 x 90 cm
Center Pompidou, National Museum of Modern Art, Paris © Adagp, Paris 2019 © Jacqueline Hyde - Center Pompidou, MNAM-CCI / Dist. NMR-GP

5) Mathias Goeritz, Mexican pyramids, 1959, 5 elements in nailed sheet metal, partially painted on wooden core, 279 x 324 x 138 cm, Center Pompidou, National Museum of Modern Art, Paris © rights reserved © Philippe Migeat - Center Pompidou , MNAM-CCI / Dist. NMR-GP

6) Robert Smithson, Mirror Vortex, 1964, painted steel, mirror, 87,5 x 144,8 x 63,5 cm, Center Pompidou, Musée national d'art Moderne, Paris © Adagp, Paris 2019 © Center Pompidou-Metz / Photo Rémi Villaggi / 2012

7) Monika Sosnowska, Rubble, 2008, Plasterboard, wood, paint, 23 x 560 x 900 cm, view of the installation in the exhibition 'Projects 83: Monika Sosnowska'. MoMA, NY, August 30, 2006 - November 27, 2006 © Monika Sosnowska © Photographer: Jonathan Muzikar © The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Object Number: IN1979.2. New York, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). © 2019. Digital image, The Museum of Modern Art, New York / Scala, Florence

8) Robert Morris, Wall Hanging (Felt Piece), 1969 - 1970, cut felt, 250 x 372 x 30 cm, Center Pompidou, Musée national d'art Moderne, Paris © Adagp, Paris 2019 © Philippe Migeat - Center Pompidou, MNAM-CCI / Dist. NMR-GP

9) Rasheed Araeen, One Summer Afternoon, 1968, wood, painting, glue, Center Pompidou, National Museum of Modern Art, Paris © Rasheed Araeen © Georges Meguerditchian - Center Pompidou, MNAM-CCI / Dist. NMR-GP

10) André Cadere, Six round wooden bars, 1975, Center Pompidou, National Museum of Modern Art, Paris © Courtesy Succession André Cadere © Philippe Migeat - Center Pompidou, MNAM-CCI / Dist. NMR-GP

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