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February 2012

It’s now

  Marie Le Fort


“Swept Away: Dust, Ashes, and Dirt in Contemporary Art and Design”, MAD Museum, New York. Continuing its exploration of the materials that carry contemporary art, the exceptional MAD Museum in New York is opening a new flagship exhibition, “Swept Away: Dust, Ashes, and Dirt in Contemporary Art and Design”. The idea? “Presenting ash, mud, sand and dust as a means of artistic expression and sculpting materials, the challenge is to break their volatile image. To revisit their ephemeral nature through tangible creations, solid objects”.
Also, the exhibition aims to address the issue of memory, loss and disintegration through sculptures from ashes designedby Chinese artist Zhang Huan, others in mud from the American artist James Croak, works created from urban pollution (smog) by the American artist Kim Abeles…An interpretation which, like a phoenix, allows its discredited materials to be the main attraction.
From February 14 to August 12

Women Artists of the Avant-garde (1920-1940) in Louisana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark.
Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Sonia Delaunay, Claude Cahun, Dora Maar, and even Germaine Dulac are some of the visionary women being exhibited at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art. A return to the European Avant-Garde that reigned supreme from 1920 to 1940 in Paris, Berlin, and Zurich. Active in the heart of European capitals, they were the first to assemble new ideas, explore new fields and embrace the avant-garde movements, from Dadaism to Surrealism through Constructivism. Interrelated, across Europe, with a unique talent for painting, film, design collages and sculpture, the exhibition highlights their commonalities and differences of character. A feminist perspective, before its time.
From February 14 to May 28

Photographs (1951-2010) by Cy Twombly, Bozar, Brussels. Paying tribute to the recently deceased artist, the Palais des Beaux-Arts in Brussels highlights a lesser-known facet of his work: Polaroids reworked by a pigment photocopier (selected by Cy Twombly in person), along with a portrait film directed by Tacita Dean. If the American artist is known for his large abstract paintings, which by their free composition and spontaneous dynamics recall calligraphy and graffiti, his images offer a new look at his work. Shortly before his death, Cy Twombly had chosen, at the request of the Schirmer/Mosel editions, a hundred unedited Polaroids for a catalog. Looking at them closely, we understand that Cy Twombly was in fact a pictorialist. His images almost look like paintings in which the light is captured by the brush strokes. Throughout the exhibition, we find still lifes representing tulips, lemon leaves and datura, but also photographs of temples and ‘timeless’ landscapes, intimate objects like slippers, details of a painting, his brushes, a view of his studio…
To discover until April 29, 2012.

Nicolas Le Moigne at Gallery Libby Sellers in London. The Gallery Libby Sellers has dedicated to the Swiss designer Nicolas Le Moigne, his first solo exhibition. On the program, a merited look at the strongest pieces from the ECAL, Lausanne, graduate such as the Eternit Trash Cube made of concrete, the Podium tables and lamps with perfectly rounded edges, and the iconic Slip Stool that launched him onto the international stage. Playing on the contrast of materials to reveal, in a single room, fragility and strength, hardness and friability, the work of Nicolas Le Moigne is stunning. On the program for this solo exhibition, finally, is a brand new leather stool, unveiled specially for the occasion..
To discover from February 8 to March 10.


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