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Le 14 juin 2011.

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Wolf Vostell : Basel beton

Paul Wallach

Gianni Caravaggio


January 2015 programme



OCTOBER 11TH 2014 - JANUARY 25TH 2015


French by adoption, Paul Wallach designs artworks which always seem about to fall down. He plays with forms, shadows and materials to mess with the spectator's perception of things. A true perfectionist, he never leaves anything to chance – instead, he designs and shapes his works with the greatest minutiae.

Giving the impression that the artwork is falling or is about to collapse is made possible through a play on forms and shadows. Paul Wallach explains that the illusion comes from the fact that the mind is confused and mixes up what it expects and what the reality is. These works, while perfectly solid and stable, seem to be hanging by one thread.

The Museum has the immense privilege to display twenty art pieces by this artist.
They all share the same particularity – they are leaning against the wall, thus reinforcing the notion  of fragile balance which is dear to the artist.


Gianni Caravaggio's leitmotiv is to create a poetic image through the assemblage of real and identifiable materials. He also likes to deal with immateriality and shadows to create a precarious balance which seems to shift according to the lighting of the room and the angle from which the piece is being watched.

Gianni Caravaggio's works can be described as a succession of actions: balancing, attracting, creating, making, developing, imitating. Every piece seems to be spreading out on the floor from its most minimal form, be it very noble (marble) or quite elementary (flour). The floor has a very important signification in Caravaggio's approach – he uses it and presents it as a canvas full of possibilities. Modern art movements such as Arte Povera, Fluxus, Arte Processuale and post-minimalism clearly influenced him. What all these movements have in common is that they tend to go beyond the naturalist representation of things and that they share a close relationship to the materials they use – their junction, their accumulation, their dispersion. However, they don't always agree on the symbols and the narrative that these materials convey.


Since February 2010, the exhibition programme Local Line has opened the Museum's doors to budding artists. This cross-cultural enhancement approach aims at creating a form of emulation between local and foreign artists through a series of exchanges. 

++ 'USart', The Museum's collection of American art  

The collection of American art exhibition puts into perspective highlights from the New York art scene from the 1960s to now, featuring works from founding figures such as Donald Judd, Sol LeWitt, Robert Morris, Ellsworth Kelly and Frank Stella, among others...


Museum visiting hours, guided visit, admission...

- Donation Robelin : Wolf Vostell, "Basel Beton", 1971. © Adagp, Paris. Photo : Yves Bresson/MAMC.
- Paul Wallach, "Before the Nearly Last" (détail), 2013. © Paul Wallach. Courtesy Galerie Jaeger Bucher, Paris. Photo : Georges Poncet.
- Gianni Caravaggio, "Iniziare un tempo", 2013. Courtesy galerie Kaufmann-Repetto, Milan. © photo : Roberto Marossi.

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