Melik Ohanian — Under Shadows



Melik Ohanian
Under Shadows

Past: June 1 → August 15, 2016

Musée, level 4

Melik Ohanian proposes a cosmic scenario halfway between poetry and science. He sets up an environment in which different dimensions are expressed, from the infinitely small to the infinitely large: two extremes where objects in the world around us fade into the background for the period of the exhibition. The central work in this environment, Modelling Poetry, is inspired by a scientific conjecture announced by NASA, forecasting the collision of the Milky Way with the Andromeda Galaxy in four billion years’ time.

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Vue de l’exposition Under Shadows, 2016 Photo © Hervé Véronèse


French artist Melik Ohanian was born in 1969, and lives in Paris and New York. All his work explores the means, supports and allegorical power of images, reverting constantly to several subjects: desert areas, the working class world, the end of revolutionary utopias and social, historical and scientific facts. His work has appeared in numerous museums, international exhibitions and biennials, including at the Republic of Armenia pavilion (winner of the Golden Lion for the best national pavilion at the 56th Venice Biennial, Italy, in 2015); the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art, Salt Lake City, USA (2013); Mumbai Art Room, India (2012); the Musée National Picasso, Vallauris, France (2012); the 10th Sharjah Biennial , United Arab Emirates (2011); Matucana 100, Santiago, Chile (2008); Le Plateau/FRAC Ile-de-France, Paris, France (2008), and the CCA Kitakyushu, Japan (2007), etc.

The 2015 Prix Marcel Duchamp is the last where only the winning artist is awarded an exhibition. As from 12 October 2016, the Centre Pompidou will be inviting the four nominees to participate in a group exhibition in Galerie 4.

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Place Georges Pompidou

75004 Paris

T. 01 44 78 12 33 — F. 01 44 78 16 73

Hôtel de Ville

Opening hours

Every day except Tuesday, 11 AM – 9 PM
Late night on Thursday until 11 PM

Admission fee

Full rate €14.00 — Concessions €11.00

Gratuit pour les moins de 18 ans, billet exonéré pour les moins de 26 ans. Et pour tout le monde, les premiers dimanches du mois.

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