musee-d'art-moderne

Marcel Broodthaers, Musee d'Art Moderne, Department des Aigles, 1971

“’Museum,’ in this instance, was meant figuratively, to signify a place in which the most important things relating to the visual arts were occurring.  To name this particular meeting place a museum was a deliberate misnomer. […] While nothing in the display was a work of art, the display as a whole was. This is because it embodied Broodthaers’s intention: to ask, in the exhibiting of these things, in this way, and in this space, ’Can’t this place…exist as a museum and fiction at the same time, so that ultimately those visitors who are willing will be happy to simply take on this idea?’

-Terry Smith, “Artists as Curators/Curators as Artists”

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Never say you understand art

For art people no matter you work in this industry or you just want to enjoy the works, this week in Paris will be a war. Under or with the help of the great power of the FIAC, Paris becomes a massive moving gallery. Middle and small art fairs take places in every venue possible, or even the most improbable venues. After so many years in Paris, I have seen a lot of arts, more than maybe some people can see in their lifetime. I can still get excited and moved, but more often I just feel so so, or i am used to a certain way of expression and not having too much feeling, i thought I began to understand them, even for the contemporary art.

But this one in musee d’art moderne is truly beyond me. After the whole expo, I didn’t know if I liked it or not. I just had no clue! Human hair, quartz, thread, fruits, animals specimens, huge glass cube… The artist created those massive works like a 3D puzzle but room size. Thanks to the craziness of the artist David Altmejd, It’s a rhapsody of the relationship between nature and human, and the ‘thin red line’ between the fantasy and nightmare. Take a look, if you feel like some curiosity challenge…

Nam June Paik
Video Fish, 1975 (1977 version)
Three-channel video installation with aquariums, water, live fish, and variable number of monitors; color, silent; dimensions vary with installation. Centre Georges Pompidou, Musee national d'art moderne, Paris. Installation view at Documenta 6, Kassel, June 24—October 2, 1977. Photo by Friederich Rosenstiel.