Adel Abdessemed — Je suis innocent


Installation, sculpture, mixed media

Adel Abdessemed
Je suis innocent

Past: October 3, 2012 → January 7, 2013

Adel abdessemed je suis innocent grid Je suis Adel Abdessemed Exposé jusqu'au 7 janvier 2013 au Centre Pompidou, Adel Abdessemed dévoile une oeuvre qui, dans sa pluralité, met en lumière un rapport essentiel à l'autobiographie.

When it first appeared on the art scene around 2000, Adel Abdessemed’s work was perceived as a response to the convulsions of our time, using the language of art to fully capture the sheer energy and violence it has unleashed. In the braided planes of Telle mère tel fils (2008), in the shells of the empty burnt terracotta –cast cars in Practice zero tolerance (2006) or the rows of barbed wire, interspersed with double cutting blades and sharpened points of Wall drawing (2006), the artist makes use of different media in order to render history’s whispered rumors of history’s accidents and the contradictions of our world and turn them into striking images.

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Adel Abdessemed, Bourek © Adel Abdessemed — ADAGP

And yet the work of Abdessemed is filled with references to the art of the past, from Masaccio to Grünewald, from Goya’s phantasmagoria to the paintings of Géricault. The artist has formed relationship with the history of western art is one of continuity and is clearly part of this cultural context. In the exhibition, this relationship is alluded to by Monsu Desiderio’s painting from 1622, Les Enfers, on loan from the Museum of Fine Arts in Besançon, which triggers disturbing interactions with the iconographic world of Adel Abdessemed.

This exhibition is an opportunity to embrace the entire career of the artist and to glance at a series of his early works, alongside with new productions wich are often monumental in size and of crucial significance. The exhibition sheds new light on the work by focusing on the many levels on which it can be approached from the use of ornaments and stylized play on materials to the dream-like quality of his work and its relationship to the history of past and present times as a witness which has chosen to act rather than to react or simply live in the comfortable seclusion of the art world.

Works by Abdessemed can be found in important international collections, including the Pompidou Centre in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris, the Museum of Israel in Jerusalem, the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Geneva and the François Pinault Foundation in Venice. The artist is represented by the David Zwirner gallery (New York) as well as by the Dvir Gallery (Tel Aviv). He lives and works in Paris.

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Opening hours

Every day except Tuesday, 11 AM – 9 PM
Late night on Thursday until 11 PM
ATTENTION : A compter du samedi 17 octobre 2020, tous les espaces du Centre Pompidou (les Galeries, le Musée, la Bpi, les salles de spectacles et de cinéma) fermeront à 20h. Les derniers accès aux expositions se feront à 18h.

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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