Chantal Akerman — Maniac Shadows
Ends in 2 months: November 19, 2016 → February 19, 2017
Creator of unforgettable films, Chantal Akerman is one of the great artists and filmmakers of the last fifty years. This exhibition, envisaged with her before her death, brings together historic works and recent installations as a tribute to her importance in the field of contemporary art.
Chantal Akerman’s work in film brought her international recognition. From her beginnings until her death last year she ceaselessly reinvented her formal vocabulary and way of looking at the world, moving with unparalleled freedom between genres: featurelength fiction and documentary, comedy and drama, and video installation. Her influence on the cinema’s most famous directors is indisputable, but her legacy to the visual arts, while less known, is just as fundamental.
In her host of different projects Akerman blazed a trail — between reality and fiction, the narrative and the experimental, history and memory — that artists of all kinds are exploring more and more. Summoning up all the possibilities of the cinema image and of vision, space and performance, her singular approach to so many issues — frontiers, changes of place, racism, identity, the relationship between personal and public space — has played a crucial part in the evolution of the visual arts.
For the first time in France, the art centre is presenting Maniac Shadows, one of her last video installations. In images shot in or from her living spaces in Paris, Brussels and New York — and in an intertwining of here and there, of interior and exterior — we hear her reading her novel Ma mère rit in which she meditates on her life and the world. Maniac Shadows is at the core of a journey of rediscovery, taking us through unknown parts of her oeuvre, from that first short feature made when she was eighteen to a recent work for radio. This immersion in her personal universe is brilliantly accompanied by Sonia Wieder-Atherton’s cello and an imagining of how to inhabit space.
Space, time, the image, music, the intimate, politics: through these multiple points of view the exhibition speaks eloquently of the relevance of Akerman’s practice and ideas.
Conférence de Sébastien Rémy Lecture Tuesday, December 13 at 6 PM
« Tant que je vous parle ce n’est pas une frontière » à l’École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris
Screening Saturday, January 14, 2017
Toute une journée Chantal Akerman au cinéma et au centre d’art : longs et courts-métrages, lectures, performances…
Allée de la Ferme
T. 01 64 62 77 00 — F. 01 64 62 77 99
Wednesday – Sunday, 2 PM – 7:30 PM
Other times by appointment
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