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Exposition : Robert Morris. Le corps perceptif

At the Saint-Étienne Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (42), the exhibition devoted to Robert Morris (1931-2018) presents fourteen works by the American artist dating from the 1960s and 1970s. Without claiming to be exhaustive, the course plunges visitors into his creative universe by confronting them bodily with his first works.

After Mudam Luxembourg - Musée d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean (Luxembourg), it is the turn of MAMC + to present “Robert Morris. Le corps perceptif ”, an exhibition co-produced by the two institutions and designed by curators Jeffrey Weiss and Alexandre Quelle. Born in 1934 in Kansas City (Missouri) and died in 2018 in New York (New York), Robert Morris played a major role in the development of minimalism, an artistic movement that appeared in the 1960s in the United States. Famous artist, theorist and teacher, he marked the current as much as contemporary art.

Unlike a retrospective, this monographic exhibition does not approach the work of Robert Morris from a strictly historical perspective, but invites the public to experience his sculptures. Divided into seven distinct rooms, the tour presents in each space an installation or a set of objects, and emphasizes the intersubjective subject-object relationship in the space. Strolling through the exhibition, the spectators then find themselves confronted with these “specific objects”: monumental installations, pieces in industrial felt folded or cut out, “ large-form objects »Or even« anthropomorphic »sculptures. 

The MAMC + surprises us once again, this time by engaging us in a unique melee with the works of Robert Morris. A daring decision which earned the exhibition the award of the “Exhibition of national interest” label from the Ministry of Culture.

“Robert Morris. Le corps perceptif ”, from July 1 to November 1, 2020, at MAMC +, in Saint-Étienne (42). To know more, visit the MAMC + website.

Visuals: View of the exhibition “Robert Morris. The Perceiving Body - Le corps perceptif ”at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art of Saint-Étienne Métropole, July 1 - November 1, 2020. Photo credit: Aurélien Mole / MAMC +
1) Robert Morris, Untitled (Mirrored Cubes), 1965/1971, mirror and wood, each cube: 91,4 x 91,4 x 91,4 cm, Tate collection, London. © Adagp, Paris 2020
2) Untitled (Scatter Piece), 1968-1969 / 2009, pressed wool felt, steel, galvanized steel, copper-plated steel, lead, aluminum, brass, variable dimensions, Art Institute of Chicago collection © Adagp, Paris 2020
3) Robert Morris, Untitled (Portland Mirrors), 1977, Douglas fir wood of variable length, 4 units, 182,88 x 243,84 cm, 30,5 cm section (each), mirrors, 4 units, 183 x 244 cm (each), Estate Robert Morris collection, Courtesy Castelli Gallery, New York
© Adagp, Paris 2020
4) Robert Morris, Untitled (Felt Piece), 1974, felt, wood, 190 x 970 cm, MAMC collection + purchase, 1975. © Adagp, Paris 2020
5) Robert Morris, Untitled (Brown Felt), 1978, felt tip pen, private collection
6) Robert Morris, Untitled (3Ls), 1965, plywood, 243,8 x 243,8 x 61 cm, Christian and Franziska Hausmaninger collection, © Adagp, Paris 2020

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