Past: April 16 → October 27, 2013Ron Mueck à la Fondation Cartier Après l’accueil triomphal que lui avait réservé le public en 2005 à la Fondation Cartier, l’Australien Ron Mueck revient avec quelq... Critique
Ron Mueck has been invited to present his new sculpture at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain. This is his first major exhibition in Europe since the hugely successful Fondation Cartier exhibition of 2005. In addition to six important recent sculptures the show includes three produced especially for this event. A new film recording their creation has been made for the occasion by Gautier Deblonde. Revealing the reclusive artist at work further emphasizes the sensitivity and power of Ron Mueck’s sculpture and highlights its particular resonance for our time.
A Ron Mueck exhibition is a rare event
Based in London, Ron Mueck has had highly acclaimed exhibitions around the world from Japan to Australia, New Zealand and Mexico, but shows of his new work in Europe have not been frequent occurrences. Mueck works slowly in his small North London studio, making time itself an important element in his creative process. His human figures are meticulously detailed, with surprising changes of scale that place them as far from academic realism as they are from pop art or hyperrealism.
Three new sculptures are exhibited here for the first time:
two teenagers in the street, a mother and baby and an elderly couple on the beach. They seem to be frozen moments of life, each capturing the relationship between two human beings. The nature of their connection to each other is revealed by their actions, small, ordinary, yet intriguing. The precision of their gestures, the true-to-life rendering of their flesh, the suggestion of suppleness in their skin makes them seem completely real. These works describe situations which are imaginary but their obsession with truth indicates an artist in search of perfection and with an acute sensibility to form and material. By pushing likeness to its limits Mueck creates works that are secret, meditative and mysterious.
Illuminating universal truths
These subjects that appear so ordinary also radiate a spirituality and profound humanity that provokes a response. Aiming well beyond the traditions of portraiture Mueck reveals the uncanny nature of our relationship to body and existence.
Ron Mueck has revitalized figurative contemporary sculpture
He makes use of a rich diversity of sources such as press photographs, comic strips or historical masterpieces, Proustian memories or ancient fables and legends. Still Life (2009) fits into the classical ‘nature morte’ tradition, the Woman with Sticks (2008), bent backwards beneath her armful of wood, recalls tales of witchcraft. Drift (2009) and Youth (2009) seem to be inspired by newspaper head-lines, although they also evoke works from the past. In other Ron Mueck sculptures like the big sleeping self-portrait, Mask II (2001-2002), dreams come bursting into reality.
This very private, creative process is revealed in a new film untitled Still Life:
Ron Mueck at work, by Gautier Deblonde.
A documentary has been produced for this exhibition at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain. Shot daily in Ron Mueck’s studio as he produced the new works for the exhibition, this intimate film gives us a an incredible opportunity to observe the artists’s very personal creative process.
2 nocturnes exceptionnelles — La Fondation Cartier sera ouverte jusqu’à 1h les vendredi 25 et samedi 26 octobre (le jeudi 24 octobre, l’exposition fermera exceptionnellement à 19h).
Les soirées nomades — Archi-poésie
Monday, April 22, 2013 at 6 PM
A mix of languages: the languages of architects, musicians, and the poet. Anne-James Chaton wraps up his artistic residency at the Nomadic Nights with a blend of words and genres. Lecture, reading, concert and performance: from one to the other and vice versa, the dividing line is tenuous.
Marie Losier déménage — Revue #9
Monday, April 29, 2013 at 8 PM
After 20 years in New York, the effervescent filmmaker Marie Losier is returning to Europe and is unpacking her crates at the Fondation Cartier, where she presents first-time screenings of dailies, in the company of her artist-friends from eccentric worlds.
De fiction en friction — Revue #10
Monday, May 13, 2013 at 8 PM
A proposal from the Spanish performer, choreographer and curator Juan Dominguez. The stories told at this event are fictions where the authors’ humor takes us to an emotional realm from which it is hard to escape.
Chrysta Bell — Concert Closing Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 9 PM
Discovered by David Lynch, Texan songwriter Chrysta Bell hypnotizes with her sensual floating voice. Her extended ballads, between trip-hop and smoky blues, are reminiscent of the artist’s phantasmagoric universe.
Agnès Varda Event Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 2 PM
After her exhibition “L’île en elle” in 2006, artist and filmmaker Agnès Varda returns to the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain for a day and creates a special event for the garden.
261, boulevard Raspail
T. 01 42 18 56 50 — F. 01 42 18 56 52
Sunday January 1 – Wednesday April 19 inclusive
La Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain est exceptionnellement fermée pour travaux de rénovation
Every day except Monday, 11 AM – 8 PM
Late night on Tuesday until 10 PM
Full rate €10,50 — Concessions €7.00