SEPTEMBER 19TH 2015 - JANUARY 31TH 2016
++ BAE BIEN-U: DANS LE PAYSAGE (IN THE LANDSCAPE)
Bae Bien-U was born in 1950 in Yeosu (South Korea). He is one of Korea's best photographers today. He lives and works in Seoul, South Korea.
Nature is his favourite subject. There are no humans in his work, only natural elements including pines, which have progressively become the artist’s signature. According to him, the pine symbolizes the soul of the Korean people.
Bae Bien-U does not reproduce nature: he literally reconstructs it, using unusual frames. His are crushed (the trees and shores are cut, truncated) to the point that the perspective seems to have vanished.
The viewer is no longer in front but within a landscape, a sort of "natural fiction". Time and space, thus distorted, seem suspended in the silence of the photograph. Note the references to the Eastern tradition of painting and the American and European history of the twentieth century.
This formal dimension remains at the service of immediate emotion: the viewer, caught by the evocative power of the landscapes and the large format of the picture, is carried away in a world that is still intact, in equilibrium, filled with polarities (empty/full, overpresent/evanescent, etc.).
An event organized as part of the 2015-2016 France-Korea Year.
++ NINA KOVACHEVA: THE MARRIAGE OF HEAVEN AND HELL
Nina Kovacheva was born in 1960 in Sofia (Bulgaria); she lives and works in Paris.
Nina Kovacheva wishes to intrigue you. She deliberately creates a climate of concern: each image in the series of drawings presented at the Museum, worked with a brush and Indian ink, raises a question.
On large white sheets, Nina Kovacheva draws Mickey, Fantômas, Superman, Yoda... the heroes of our comic books, often flying around children and teenagers whose eyes seem to call out to us. Nina Kovacheva captivates audiences with the strength of these looks. She seeks to make all of us aware of our responsibility. Disturbed, struck by what is before our eyes, we dive into the world of fiction and become its co-creators, like in role plays.
JUNE 13TH 2015 - JANUARY 24TH 2016
++ GIOVANNI ANSELMO
Giovanni Anselmo is a historic figure of the Arte Povera movement. Some of his most emblematic works are shown in the central room, as well as an installation which he revived specifically for this occasion.
Anselmo reflects upon the usual course of things, the cycles of nature, and gravitation. He mostly uses granite in his sculptures, a material that symbolizes gravitation.
++ FONDATION VOLUME !: PASSAGES
Volume is a Rome-based foundation that owes its success to its capacity to promote renowned contemporary artists by producing new works. The foundation was initiated after an international scientific project. Its objective is to explore the cognitive and emotional aspects of art works through observing them. The “Passages” exhibition features a completely new design; each artist has his/her own dedicated, exclusively designed space.
FEBRUARY 14TH 2015 - JANUARY 3RD 2016
++ COLLECTION ROBELIN
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.
FEBRUARY 21TH 2015 - JANUARY 3RD 2016
++ 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.
Museum visiting hours, guided visit, admission...
NOVEMBER 27TH 2015 - FEBRUARY 21TH 2016
++ PIERRE SEINTURIER, "I WANT TO BELIEVE"
Pierre Seinturier, born in 1988, is the winner of the 6th edition of the Prix des Partenaires. In his first museum exhibition, "I want to believe", he cheerfully disrupts the usual presentation codes: the artist chooses to immerse the visitor in an enigmatic, intimate, and mysterious time frame. Pierre Seinturier distills clues throughout the course, inviting the visitors to walk inside the credits of a movie, whose pictures are the facets of a story.
Visitors enter a dark world inspired by thrillers scenes, but where romance and humour do have a role to play too. Large pastel drawings feature some mysterious characters wandering in movie-like settings. Although each picture is autonomous, a narrative is created, drawing the outline of a story to be written by the viewer, from one work to the next.
As in a fiction film, where upheaval is brewing, the artist says: "What we do not know, we imagine."
MARCH 4TH 2016 - MAY 22TH 2016
++ JACQUES VILLEGLÉ
Jacques Villeglé, a major figure of the New Realists, is featured at The Museum for an exceptional, unique exhibition dedicated to a brand new project by the artist, created especially for the occasion.
MARCH 4TH 2016 - JUNE 5TH 2016
++ INTRIGUANTES INCERTITUDES (INTRIGUING UNCERTAINTIES)
Reviving a series of major collective thematic exhibitions, the museum presents "Intrigantes Incertitudes", an exhibition focusing on graphic arts. Expanding the horizon of perspectives, the exhibition questions the founding role of uncertainty as a powerful, distressing, responsive and provocative engine of contemporary creation.
Curator: Lorand Hegyi, Director of the Museum.
Featured artists (non-comprehensive list): Gunter Brus, Eric Dietman, Leon Kossof Jana Gunstheimer, Iris Levasseur, Kiki Smith, Sandra Vasquez of Horra, Toguo, Jim Dine.
MARCH 4TH 2016 - JANUARY 2017
++ ARCHÉOLOGIE DU PRÉSENT (ARCHEOLOGY OF THE PRESENT), Museum Collection
A reinvented presentation of our collections.
In 2016, the presentation of the Saint-Etienne Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art collection makes it possible for visitors to rediscover the place of objects in the history of art from the early twentieth century to today.
Highlighting all the mediums used (paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, collages, installations, wallpapers, videos, etc.) in a genuine time travel, this exhibition explores the many facets of the object, confronting/initiating the public to the vision/universe of artists and major artistic trends.
A must-see presentation of the 2016 cultural events in Rhône-Alpes-Auvergne, echoing the program of temporary exhibitions.
Curator: Sébastien Delot, Museum curator, Head of the collections department.
Featured artists (non-comprehensive list): Pablo Picasso, Gino Severini, Kurt Schwitters, Marcel Duchamp, Francis Picabia, Andy Warhol, Louise Nevelson, Arman, Cesar, Daniel Spoerri, Jean Tinguely, Nikki de Saint-Phalle, Jacques Villeglé, Raymond Hains , Mimmo Rotella, Anne and Patrick Poirier, Christian Boltanski, Jean Le Gac, Annette Messager, Absalon.
JUNE 30TH 2016 - JANUARY 2017
++ ANNE AND PATRICK POIRIER
The temporary exhibition by Anne and Patrick Poirier refers to their polymorphic artistic work, focused on memory and the exploration of history. You are invited to discover the highlights in the path of this couple of artists, at once sculptors, architects and archaeologists.
- Bae Bien-U, "SNM5A-003H", 2013 ; "SEA1A-075H", 1999 ; "SNM1A-124H", 2007 ; "SNM1A-O85H", 2002. Courtesy Galerie RX, France - Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Belgique. © Bae Bien-U.
- Nina Kovacheva, "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell 29", 2014 ; "The marriage of Heaven and Hell - 14", 2012. © Nina Kovacheva.
- Giovanni Anselmo, View of the exhibition. Foreground : "Dove le stelle si avvicinano di una spanna in più mentre la terra si orienta", 2004-2015. . Background : "Grigi che si alleggeriscono verso oltremare", 1982. Courtesy Archives Anselmo. Photo : Yves Bresson/MAMC+.
- Exhibition "Passages", Fondation Volume!. 2 views of the exhibition. Photo : Yves Bresson, MAMC+, 2015.