Already Made? — Exposition de groupe
Exposition de groupe
Past: February 4 → March 24, 2011
In 1913, Marcel Duchamp came up with the artistic concept of ready-made, defining it as an “ordinary object elevated to the dignity of a work of art by the mere choice of an artist”. The original attitude — which still governs the definition of what is strictly considered to be ready-made today — consists of choosing a manufactured object and designating it as a work of art.
This approach, which Marcel Duchamp himself developed further in order to produce “aided ready-made” works which involve only minimal intervention on the part of the artist, or “reciprocal ready-made” works which underline the fundamental antinomy between art and the ready-made concept, is an underlying factor in the way many modern artists work, whether or not they admit to its influence, and has made a wide-ranging contribution to the essentially conceptual nature of many contemporary works.
The Already-Made? precisely highlights the scale and diversity of this contemporary grasping of the ready-made concept, whether involving the assembly of found objects, using objects for purposes other than those for which they were designed or a conception focussing on the object’s symbolic and metaphorical value…
The selection draws solely upon contemporary works owned by the gallery from artists who use the object as a piece of ready-made art on a recurring or one-off basis. Thus the exhibition revolves around both important past works and others which are new and previously unseen by artists represented by the gallery.
38, av. Matignon
T. 01 42 89 89 00 — F. 01 42 89 89 03
Every day except Sunday, 11 AM – 7 PM