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October 16, 2009


The exhibition LES ARCHIPELS RÉINVENTÉS brings together the ten works which have entered the collections of the Musée national d’art moderne since the creation of the Fondation
d’entreprise Ricard prize and presents a generation of artists like an archipelago to be explored.

The exhibited works are small islands to be revisited, from Tatiana Trouvé’s Polder (2001) to Boris Achour’s Cosmos (2001), Loris Gréaud’s Devils Tower Satellite (2005) to Berdaguer and Péjus’s
7e continent (2001), from Didier Marcel’s miniature tower to Natacha Lesueur’s tattooed bodies, from Matthieu Laurette’s Mobile Information Stand for Moneyback Products (International Version)
(1999) to the paths of Mircea Cantor’s Shortcuts (2004), from Vincent Lamouroux’s Unwinding (Corridor) (2006) to Raphaël Zarka’s vessel Padova (2008). These works testify to the renewal in art
forms that has taken place in France over the past ten years. They also account for the different critical proposals of each exhibition curator invited by the Fondation d’entreprise Ricard, who, by selecting these artists have contributed both to defining and revealing this emerging artistic scene.

Quotes are from the catalogue Les Archipels réinventés:

Borrowing its title and its cartographic approach from the composer André Bouchourechliev’s Archipels [Archipelagos], this exhibition offers a look at the generation of artists that has emerged in France over the last decade, through ten works that won their makers the Ricard Prize.

The exhibition approaches these works as new found lands to be revisited and explored. It offers too an opportunity to consider the responses of art critics and the arguments of the curators appointed by the Fondation d’Entreprise Ricard, who, in selecting the artists for the prize exhibitions, have helped to form, to map and to analyse the thriving contemporary art scene in France.

04Vincent Lamouroux


07Tatiana Trouv‚

The exhibition will be at the Pompidou Centre from 14 October 2009 to 11 January 2010 [11’00 – 21’00 h]

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