Histoires de Voir Exhibition


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15 May 2012 › 21 October 2012

On view from May 15 to October 21, 2012, the exhibition Histoires de voir: Show and Tell presents the works and narratives of over 40 painters, sculptors and filmmakers from around the world. They are Brazilian, Indian, Congolese, as well as Haitian, Mexican, Danish, Japanese and American. They hail from the urban centers of Paris and Port-au-Prince, or the rural communities of the Amazon and Madya Pradesh. They emerged as artists and developed their talents in uncommon circumstances; they have often been considered as naïve artists and have rarely been invited to exhibit their works in contemporary art institutions.

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Histoires de Voir Exhibition

  1. 1. FINE ARTS May 15 › October 21, 2012 HISTOIRES DE VOIRHistoires de voir From May 15 to October 21, 2012, the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain will be presenting Histoires de voir, Show and Tell, an exhibition that brings togetherFondation Cartier pour l’art a wide spectrum of artistic works from all over the world (Brazil, Japan, Europe,contemporain, Paris Haïti, India, Mexico), ranging from naïve and self-taught art to the art of indig-French version only enous cultures. While they express the deeply personal visions of their creators,Hardback, 26,5 x 31,5 cm, these works are also inextricably linked to their times and to their specific geo-240 pages, 350 black-and-white graphical regions, revealing, each in their own way, an intricate cosmos of history,and color reproductions mythology, folklore and magic.Texts written by specialists such Via a scenography designed to be vibrant, light and colorful by the renowned Ital-as Bruce Albert, Laymert Garcia ian designer Alessandro Mendini, the sculptures, paintings, drawings, and filmsdos Santos, and Sally Price presented in the exhibition will usher visitors into a world of enchantment. TheISBN: 978-2-86925-097-0 works selected transcend the limited categories predefined by art history to ex-Price: 47 € press a certain spontaneity and creative freedom in relation to conventional artisticPublication date: May 2012 codes whether it be in terms of their use of color, their choice of materials or their composition. Many of the works will come from Brazil, including paintings by Alcides Pereira dos Santos and sculptures by José Bezerra, João Cosmo Felix (aka “Nino”) and Cícero Alves dos Santos (aka “Véio”) as well as traditional ceramics of Isabel Mendes da Cunha. Visitors will also discover artwork from the Guarani, Huni Kui and Yanomami indigenous communities. Contemporary Indian art will be highlighted through an astonishing series of works that will include pieces by tribal artist Jivya Soma Mashe, who paints with cow dung, or the multi-colored paintings of Jangarh Singh Shyam. Although these works come from a wide variety of cultures and geographical ar- eas, they share certain formal characteristics such as their exuberant approach to form and color, their strangeness in terms of scale and perspective, and their frequent portrayal of animals in their natural environment. A complementary se- lection of iconic pieces by Danish painter Hans Scherfig, sculptures of Dragiša Stanisavljevi and drawings of Mamadou Cissé will thus also be on display as part of the exhibition. Finally, Japanese artist Tadanori Yokoo will exhibit a series of paintings inspired by the work of Henri “Le Douanier” Rousseau; these works, with their playful allu- sion to so-called “naïve” art, perfectly illustrate the spirit of freedom that character- izes all of the works showcased in this exhibition. Designed as an extension of the exhibition, the Histoires de voir catalog is also thought as a series of stories about artists and their works but also some of their communities. With over 300 images of sculptures, paintings and drawings on dis- play, an important visual documentation, and essays by specialists, the book pro- vides a unique opportunity to learn about the contexts in which these artists work. Complementary, Laymert Garcia dos Santos and Sally Price provide a critical look at the exhibition.261, boulevard Raspail, 75014 ParisTél. 01 42 18 56 50 / Fax 01 42 18 56 52