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Le 14 juin 2011.

"Deux pages seulement sont traduites en anglais. Pour le site d'un musée d'envergure internationale, on peut regretter le fait que l'ensemble du site ne soit pas traduit en anglais et une ou deux autres langues.".

Yves Bresson

Massimiliano Camellini

Michelangelo Pistoletto

Serse, Fiore d'acqua

Lee Bul, Souterrain

Seung-Yong Song

Jonathan Lasker

Jonathan Lasker


Februray-May 2015 programme

FEBRUARY 14TH 2015 - MAY 17TH 2015


In 1994, art collectors and gallery owners François and Ninon Robelin, who hail originally from Roanne, donated an exceptional collection of works of art to the Museum of modern and contemporary art of Saint-Étienne Métropole. The collection featured numerous works from the 1960’s and 1970’s by artists such as Jochen Gerz, Michaël Buthe, Wolf Vostell, Sigmar Polke and Erik Dietman. The Robelin donation has since been added to with drawings by Günter Brus, Hermann Nitsch and Arnulf Rainer. A selection of works of the donation and these acquisitions, all made since 2007, are currently on display. A sculpture, Le Valet de Boccioni by Erik Dietman, which is currently displayed on the forecourt of the Museum, is a valuable addition to the Museum’s set of works by this artist.


This exhibition offers two visions of contemporary photographers: the Italian Massimiliano Camellini (born in Venice in 1954) and the French Yves Bresson (born in 1950, lives and works in Saint-Étienne). It aims at rendering the components of the persistence of an industrial history of territories. In Italy, after one of the sites of Villaggio Leumann, near Turin, closed, the photographer Massimiliano Camellini spent time on the traces of the multiple human activities. Yves Bresson was halted by the Pont-Salomon factories (Haute-Loire, France). 22 photographs taken from the series L’Eveil de l’Oubli (2011-2014) were taken in the valley of forges in a factory of scythe and sickle blades closed in 1998.

FEBRUARY 21TH 2015 - MAY 17TH 2015

++ ARTE POVERA, The Museum's collection of Arte Povera

Because of the large number of works in the collection (more than 19’000), the museum regularly presents series of works based on a movement or a theme. Arte Povera (literally poor art) was an art movement that began in the 1960’s in Turin, Milan and Rome. Key figures included Alighiero Boetti, Giuseppe Penone, Mario Merz, Giovanni Anselmo, Michelangelo Pistoletto and Jannis Kounellis. Italian critic and art historian Germano Celant, who founded the movement, promoted the notion of a European identity and a re-examination of the art forms created by American Minimalism in the 1960’s and 1970’s. The museum acquired in the last years major works by Giuseppe Penone (Le radici del verde del Bosco, 1987) and by Michelangelo Pistoletto (Divisione moltiplicazione dello specchio, 1973-1991). A Giovanni Anselmo exhibition will be held in the Museum from June 12, 2015.

FEBRUARY 28TH 2015 - MAY 17TH 2015


Fabrizio Roma, known as Serse, was born in 1952 in San Polo del Piave (Italy); he lives and works in Trieste. Since the beginning of the 1990’s, Serse has worked with a complex technique using graphite mine. This allows him to create an impressive play between shadows and light. For his drawings, his favorite theme is landscape (such as in the large cycle Paesaggi Adattivi), most often abstractly and with details which recall the photographic process. He depicts a nature that frightens men, the raging elements, the vastness that reveals fragility. Time suspended in his artworks throws the viewer into another dimension, between sky and earth. While he has been exhibited in multiple galleries and museums in Italy, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland since 1993, the Museum of modern and contemporary art of Saint-Étienne Métropole gives him his first museum exhibition in France.

MARCH 12TH 2015 - MAY 17TH 2015


The Lee Bul exhibition (born in Seoul in 1964) presents the prolific work of one of the most important figure of the contemporary Korean art scene. In the main room, visitors are able to enter 6 monumental architectural installations recently produced by the artist from composite materials (2012). Nearby, several large series of graphic artworks mostly executed in the mid-1990 are displayed; a series of 136 drawings and paintings taken from the workshop and created between 2004 and 2011, which is an opportunity to discover the multiple aspects of the birth of Lee Bul’s dreamlike world. An ensemble of a dozen acrylic and India ink paintings are also shown. This is the artist’s first museum solo exhibition in France since her installation On every new Shadow was shown at the Cartier Foundation in 2007 in Paris. This exhibition is organized in partnership with the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham (UK) and the EACC in Castelló (Spain).


In partnership with the 9th Biennale Internationale Design of Saint-Étienne, the Museum presents the work of two young Korean designers. This year, Seoul is guest of honor at the Biennale as a member of the UNESCO creative cities of design network to which Saint-Etienne belongs as well. Hye-Yeon Park was born in South Korea in 1984, where she studied Industrial Design at Hongik University in Seoul. She is a graduate of the Royal College of Art’s Design Products MA and a former Designer in Residence at the Design Museum. Upon graduating from her design studies in France, Seung-Yong Song (born in Busan in 1978) became an assistant designer at the agency Claudio Colucci and has worked with designers such as Jean-Marc Gady and Patrick Nadeau in Paris. He founded his own agency in 2011 and has focused on personal projects.


The Museum continues to present the New-York art scene with the work of Jonathan Lasker, born in New Jersey in 1948. He was trained in the 1970’s movement of the young conceptual artists, yet rejects their conceptualism and gives his painting a new breath. He has developed a formal language from simple geometric elements while leaving plenty of space to color, material interplays and line. In the lineage of minimalist painters such as Frank Stella and Robert Ryman, Jonathan Lasker has sought a pictorial language which would be self-sufficient, the frontier between abstraction and figuration becoming intangible. The artist himself said in 1986, at the occasion of his exhibit After abstraction in New-York: «I want a painting that’s operative. I’m seeking subject matter, not abstraction.» This exhibition shows approximately 20 pieces executed since 2000 and belonging to private collections from the United States and Northern Europe.


Museum visiting hours, guided visit, admission...

- Yves Bresson, "L'éveil de l'oubli X", 2011/2014. © Y. Bresson.
- Massimiliano Camellini, "Leumann 1", 2010. © M. Camellini.
- Michelangelo Pistoletto, "Divisione moltiplicazione dello specchio", 1973-1991. Photo : Yves Bresson/MAMC. © Michelangelo Pistoletto.
- Serse, "Fior d'acqua 09 A", 2014. Courtesy Galleria Continua, San Gimignano / Beijing / Les Moulins.

- Lee Bul, "Souterrain" (detail), 2012. Exhibition Lee Bul at MUDAM (Luxembourg), 2013-2014. © Photo : Remi Villaggi.
- Seung-Yong Song, "Wheeljek Collection", 2013.
- Jonathan Lasker, "Power Becoming Love", 2005. Courtesy : private collection.
- Jonathan Lasker, "Illusions of the Self", 2011. Courtesy Galerie Ropac, Busan.

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