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Raymond Hains, Richard Prince et al.

On Aime l’Art…!! (group show)
Collection Lambert en Avignon, Avignon
6 July - 5 November 2017

While exhibitions have already revealed some of the major works collected by clothes designer agnès b. for over thirty years, the idea of carrying out her multi-faceted portrait project was never conceived on this scale. Both designer, and director of a film selected at the Venice Mostra, My name is Hmmmm, intimately linked with the world of music, patron of the arts agnès b. has been, above all, a great discoverer of artists since the opening of the agnès b. Galerie du Jour in 1983.

Sharing the same passion for art, the same love of creation and individuals involved with the most sensitive aspects of life, agnès b. and Yvon Lambert connect on so many levels both through their intense involvement with the artists they are involved with, and also because of their eclectic nature and avant-garde vision, making them witnesses of the times they live in.

So, it’s no surprise that 400 works from the agnès b. collection now adorn the spaces of our institution, like so many witnesses drawing a portrait of this woman freed from all convention and a collection focussed on the avant-garde, including works acquired to be shared.

This exhibition takes the form of a journey of the senses and is organised around great artists she has often been the first to collect, and also worldly relationships or unusual aesthetics and strong ideas that seem like happy obsessions.

Just as commitment and politics permeate agnès b’s. own journey through and through, they will make their mark on the entirety of this exceptional presentation. Painting, love, reverie, music, experimental cinema, adolescence, modernity, the avant-garde, the transcending of established borders, whether physical, social or mental, Africa – these are all aesthetic landscapes offered to the visitor to explore through the richness and diversity of the exhibited works, crossed by the need for total commitment to the experience of life and the struggle for freedom.

Collection Lambert en Avignon, Avignon


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Richard Prince

Utopia Post Utopia (group show)
Aspen Art Museum, Aspen
22 December 2017 - 13 May 2018

Featuring works by Albert Bierstadt, Robert Gober, Richard Prince, and Meg Webster, this exhibition is a re-presentation of Untitled Installation Conceived by Robert Gober, presented at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, in the show Utopia Post Utopia, in 1988. Like the original, the Aspen Art Museum’s iteration includes Bierstadt’s Lake Tahoe, California (1867), Gober’s wooden door and doorframe, a handwritten joke by Prince, and Webster’s Moss Bed (1986–88). Together, these disparate objects offer a space in which the viewer wrestles with reality versus appearance, and nature becomes farther and farther removed from actuality.

Aspen Art Museum, Aspen


Richard Prince

Proof of Life (group show)
Weserburg I Museum für Moderne Kunst, Bremen
20 May 2017 - 25 February 2018

The construction of the Tower of Babel as a massacre. The artist as a dead revolutionary. A stained-glass window made from butterfly wings. Proof of Life brings together 100 paintings, sculptures and photographic works that investigate existential questions in a both palpable and profound manner. Their aesthetic impact inevitably draws the viewer into its spell. What these works bring to view is linked to a tradition of influential pictures, some of which go far back in time. The presented works simultaneously quote, seduce, irritate, provoke and thematize concepts of moral values. This includes a summons not only to situate in historical terms what is being seen, but also to relate it quite concretely to the present. The works come from a private collection that has never before been publicly presented in this form.

Proof of Life raises the question as to whether and why such images anchored in our memory are still relevant today. The exhibition shows how striking pictorial models are updated in a surprising manner and transformed into new visual inventions. The artistic results are simultaneously fascinating and shocking; the aesthetic experiences they make possible are complex and revelatory. They become documents and symbols of our present era and thus vital signs of contemporary culture.
“The exhibition derives its strength from the impact of the pictures, which in no way excludes deeper insights but instead fosters them. The works don’t immobilize us in wordless veneration but cause astonishment, questioning and doubt which we relate directly to the present. Fundamental questions raised by this exhibition are how art possesses this capability and why certain age-old motifs don’t become petrified manifestations in a museum but instead remain extremely lively.” Peter Friese, Director of the Weserburg

Weserburg I Museum für Moderne Kunst, Bremen


Raymond Hains

It's More Fun to Compete (group show)
Musée d'Art Contemporain, Marseille
13 May 2017 - 14 January 2018