From 30 April to 13 September 2015 the French Academy in Rome – Villa Medici presents the exhibition Jean-Luc Moulène. Il était une fois, dedicated to one of the major figures on the international contemporary artistic scene. The works of Jean-Luc Moulène – objects, photographs, films – express both a permanent reflection on the condition of the artist in society, a radical criticism of the manipulations and seduction of representation as well as a formal research often tinged with humor and derision.
Curated by Éric de Chassey, this exhibition focuses on recent works, created by the artist for this occasion, as well as earlier projects that offer an overview of his work. Jean-Luc Moulène. Il était une fois represents the third and last step of an itinerary that began with the Disjonctions exhibition, organized at the Center of Contemporary Art Transpalette in Bourges, curated by Damien Sausset in the summer of 2014, and continued with Documents & Opus (1985-2014) at the Kunstverein Hannover, under the direction of Kathleen Rahn. Each exhibition is dedicated to different aspects of Moulène’s production, ranging from photography to sculpture, from drawing to painting, not forgetting his posters, brochures and other publications.
This exhibition presents an apparently heterogeneous selection of over thirty works that will enable the public to grasp some of the artist’s distinctive characteristics: his use of the objet trouvé or the “given situation” as seized through a photographic principle (what Moulène calls “documents”) or processed and elaborated according to the principles of drawing (which he calls “opus”); an approach to reality that does not reduce art to mere communication or narrative, but rather proposes a presentation of images; a way of conceiving his own works both as a thought experience as well as an experience of emotions, beyond their apparent formal diversity.
From 30 April till 13 September 2015
Viale Trinità dei Monti, 1
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