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Centre Pompidou-Metz 2014 exhibition programme

Centre Pompidou-Metz 2014 exhibition programme

Photographers, stars and artists
February 26–June 9, 2014
Curator: Clément Chéroux, chief curator of photography, Centre Pompidou, Musée national d’art moderne
Co-curators: Quentin Bajac, chief curator of photography, Museum of Modern Art, New York and Sam Stourdzé, director, Musée de l’Élysée, Lausanne

Centre Pompidou-Metz © Shigeru Ban Architects Europe and Jean de Gastines Architectes, with Philip Gumuchdjian. Photo: Roland Halbe.
Centre Pompidou-Metz © Shigeru Ban Architects Europe and Jean de Gastines Architectes, with Philip Gumuchdjian. Photo: Roland Halbe.
Centre Pompidou-Metz examines the phenomenon and aesthetic of paparazzi photography through more than 600 works spanning multiple disciplines: photography, painting, video, sculpture, installation, etc.

Covering fifty years of celebrities caught in the lens, the exhibition considers the paparazzo at work by examining the fascinating ties between the photographers and the celebrities, going on to reveal the influence of paparazzi photography on fashion photography and on contemporary art, by associating some of the genre’s leading names, the likes of Tazio Secchiaroli, Ron Galella, Bruno Mouron and Pascal Rostain, with works by Richard Avedon, Raymond Depardon, Malachi Farrell, Yves Klein, Armin Linke, Gerhard Richter, Cindy Sherman and Andy Warhol among others. After its venue at Centre Pompidou-Metz, the exhibition will be shown at Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt.

The Decade
May 24, 2014–March 2, 2015
Curator: Stéphanie Moisdon, art critic and independent curator
Exhibition scenography based on an artistic project by Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster

The exhibition 1984–1999 is the mirror-image of the spirit of the 1990s, the portrait of a generation of nomads whose life was marked by the advent of the Internet, the end of history and militancy, and the transition from the reproductive age to that of “unlimited” access. Beyond decennial retrospectives and compilations, the exhibition is a biographical space composed of objects, sounds, voices, images, reflections and sensations.

Working from a survey of some of the 1990s’ central figures, its purpose is to collect objects and sources which survived and inspired the decade, and to create new, non-hierarchical arrangements between art, literature, film, music, architecture and design.

Simple shapes
June 13–November 5, 2014
An exhibition by Centre Pompidou-Metz and the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès
Curator: Jean de Loisy, president of Palais de Tokyo and art critic
Associate curators: Sandra Adam-Couralet, independent curator, and Mouna Mekouar, curator, Palais de Tokyo

This exhibition brings to the forefront our fascination with simple shapes, from prehistoric to contemporary. It reveals how these shapes were decisive in the emergence of modern art. The years between the 19th and 20th centuries saw the return of quintessential forms through major universal exhibitions which devised a new repertoire of shapes, the simplicity of which would captivate artists.

These non-geometric forms, which occupy space in a constant progression, are no less fascinating today. Artists such as Ellsworth Kelly, Richard Serra, Anish Kapoor, Tony Smith, or even Ernesto Neto are as attentive to simple forms as were the inventors of modernity.

Simple shapes connects scientific events and technical discoveries with the emergence of modern forms. Subjects pertaining to industry, mechanics, mathematics, physics, biology, phenomenology and archaeology are equated with objects from art and architecture, which are in turn set alongside their ancient predecessors and natural objects.

Christian Marclay: The Clock
Summer 2014


From February 14, 2014
Curators: Claire Garnier and Elodie Stroecken, Centre Pompidou-Metz

For two years, Centre Pompidou-Metz presents Beacons, an extended exhibition showcasing monumental works from the collections of Centre Pompidou, Musée national d’art moderne, including Pablo Picasso’s stage curtain for the ballet Mercure, Composition with Two Parrots by Fernand Léger, Figures and Birds in the Night by Joan Miró as well as Palombe by Frank Stella and Survivor(s) by Yan Pei-Ming.

As an extension to its exhibitions, the Centre Pompidou-Metz regularly proposes a multidisciplinary artistic programme.

Centre Pompidou-Metz
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