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Ian Cheng, Ken Okiishi and Rirkrit Tiravanija in Being Modern: MoMA in Paris at Fondation Louis Vuitton

21. 10. 2017

11 October 2017 – 5 March 2018
8 Avenue du Mahatma Gandhi, 75116 Paris, France

The exhibition opens with MoMA’s first decade, including such iconic works as Edward Hopper’s House by the Railroad (acquired in 1930), Paul Cézanne’s The Bather (acquired in 1934) Constantin Brancusi’s Bird in Space (acquired in 1934), as well as Walker Evans’s Posed Portraits, New York (acquired in 1938), Walt Disney’s Steamboat Willie (acquired in 1936), and utilitarian, machine-made objects, such as an outboard propeller, a flush valve, and a self-aligning ball bearing (acquired in 1934). It continues to the post-war period including works from Jackson Pollock (Echo: Number 25) and Willem de Kooning (Woman I).

The next section is dedicated to Minimalism and Pop art. Emerging as two major new art forms in the 1960s, these movements are seen through a dialogue between painting, architecture, sculpture, and photography. The exhibition then turns to other works from 1960 onwards, including pieces from movements such as Fluxus and the socalled Pictures Generation, as well as an introspective look at the history of America through work by artists such as Romare Bearden, Jeff Wall, and Cady Noland.

The final section, located on the top floor of the building, focuses on contemporary works from around the world, most of which were acquired by MoMA in the last two years. These include Kerry James Marshall’s large painting Untitled (Club Scene) (acquired in 2015), Lele Saveri’s The Newsstand (community-oriented installation, originally presented at a subway stop in Brooklyn, New York; acquired in 2016), and the original set of 176 emoji designed by Shigetaka Kurita (acquired in 2016).

Works being shown in France for the first time include Brancusi’s Bird in Space, Diane Arbus’s Identical Twins, Roselle, New Jersey (1967), Andy Warhol’s Campbell’s Soup Cans (1962), Philip Guston’s Tomb (1978), Felix Gonzalez-Torres’s (Untitled) “USA Today” (1990), Carl Andre’s 144 Lead Square (1969), Christopher Wool’s Untitled (1990), Barbara Kruger’s Untitled (You Invest in the Divinity of the Masterpiece) (1982), and Romare Bearden’s Patchwork Quilt (1970).

Artists featured in the exhibition:

Leroy Anderson, Carl Andre, Diane Arbus, Art Workers Coalition, Eugène Atget, Gilbert Baker, Romare Bearden, Max Beckmann, Joseph Beuys, Umberto Boccioni, Mark Bradford, Constantin Brancusi, George Brecht, Robert Breer, Alexander Calder, Antonio Cañavate Gomez, Janet Cardiff, Asli Çavuşoğlu, Paul Cézanne, Ian Cheng, Lygia Clark, Salvador Dali, Giorgio de Chirico, William de Kooning, Walt Disney, Trisha Donnelly, Juan Downey, Marcel Duchamp, Sergei Eiseinstein, Walker Evans, Leo Fender, LaToya Ruby Frazier, General Idea, Andrea Geyer, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Philip Guston, David Hammons, Lynn Hershman Leeson, Edward Hopper, T. Hayes Hunter, IEC, Imam Issa, Jasper Johns, Frida Kahlo, Ellsworth Kelly, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Gustave Klimt, Gustav Klutsis, Rem Koolhaas, Edward Krasiński, Barbara Kruger, Shigetaka Kurita, Yayoi Kusama, Louise Lawler, Sherrie Levine, Sol LeWitt, Roy Lichtenstein, René Magritte, Kazimir Malevich, Man Ray, Kerry James Marshall, Henri Matisse, Park Mc Arthur, Edwin Middleton, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Lisette Model, Piet Mondrian, Bruce Nauman, Barnett Newman, Oscar Niemeyer, Tomohiro Nishikado, Cady Noland, Georgia O’Keeffe, Ken Okiishi, Roman Ondák, Nam June Paik, Francis Picabia, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Liliana Porter, Yvonne Rainer, Jens Eilstrup Rasmussen, Man Ray, Tomlinson Ray, Steve Reich, Gerhard Richter, Mark Rothko, Cameron Rowland, Jacolby Satterwhite, Lele Saveri, Kurt Schwitters, Sergei Senkin, Cindy Sherman, Paul Signac, Owings & Merrill Skidmore, Robert Smithson, Jaume Solá Valleys, Frank Stella, Alfred Stieglitz, Dave Theurer, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Ray Tomlinson, United Nations Headquarters Board of Design, Jeff Wall, Andy Warhol, Edward Weston, Christopher Wool.

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Image: Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris.

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  • Ian Cheng
  • Ken Okiishi
  • Rirkrit Tiravanija

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