Centre Pompidou, Paris

MUSÉE NATIONAL D'ART MODERNE - CENTRE GEORGE POMPIDOU | Place Georges-Pompidou
F-75004 Paris

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artists & participants

Emile AillaudJean-Michel AlberolaWilliam AlsopCarl Andre Ant FarmGuillaume ApollinaireRon AradNobuyoshi Araki ArmanGianni ArnaudoHans Arp Art & LanguageAntonin ArtaudRichard ArtschwagerJean AubertFrancis BaconJohn Baldessari BalthusGeorg BaselitzJean-Michel BasquiatHans BellmerJoseph BeuysAlighiero BoettiGottfried BöhmJacques-Andre BoiffardChristian BoltanskiLouise BourgeoisRonan BouroullecConstantin BrancusiAndrea BranziGeorges BraqueVictor BraunerMarcel BreuerMarcel BroodthaersStanley BrouwnGlenn BrownGünter BrusAndre BruyereEric BulatovDaniel BurenVictor BurginAlberto BurriFernando & Humberto CampanaHumberto CampanaEnrico CastellaniPhilippe Cazal César ChristoFrancesco Clemente ConstantPeter Cook Coop Himmelb(l)auJohn CoplansJoseph CornellRene CoulonDennis Crompton Cui XiuwenJohn CurrinSalvador DaliGiorgio De ChiricoWillem De KooningChristian de PortzamparcNiki de Saint Phalle Decosterd & RahmLuc DelahayeSonia DelaunayRobert DelaunayWim DelvoyeRadi DesignersEric DietmanBraco DimitrijevicJim DineOtto DixTheo van DoesburgPeter DoigRobert DoisneauCesar DomelaJean DubuffetMarcel DuchampMarlene DumasCharles & Ray EamesMax Ernst ErroDidier FaustinoJean FautrierLyonel FeiningerRobert FilliouIan Hamilton FinlayUrs Fischer Fischli / WeissBarry FlanaganDan FlavinLucio FontanaSam FrancisEdouard Francois / Duncan LewisAndrea FraserYona FriedmanGerard FromangerMassimiliano FuksasM. Fuksas Garouste & BonettiGerard GasiorowskiPiero GattiJochen GerzDiego GiacomettiAlberto Giacometti Gilbert & GeorgeRichard GoldstoneNatalia GoncharovaArshile GorkyDan GrahamToni GrandGeorge GroszMarie-Ange GuilleminotLucy GunningPhilip GustonRaymond HainsMona HatoumRaoul HausmannJean HelionRon Herron Herzog & de MeuronGary HillHans HolleinJenny HolzerGottfried HoneggerFabrice HyberCristina IglesiasJörg ImmendorffToyo ItoMarcel JancoJacobus Johannes OudJasper JohnsAsger JornDonald JuddAnne Marie Jugnet & Alain ClairetRobert Julius JacobsenLouis I. KahnWassily KandinskyYan KaplickyEllsworth KellyAndré KertészAnselm KieferKyonori KikutakeYves KleinPierre KlossowskiRem KoolhaasGyulia KosiceJoseph KosuthJannis KounellisFrantisek KupkaMikhail Larionov Laurel & HardyHenri LaurensErwine & Estelle LaverneBertrand LavierLouise Lawler Le CorbusierFernand LegerEugène LeroyDaniel LibeskindEli LotharDora MaarRene MagritteKasimir MalewitschPiero ManzoniGordon Matta-ClarkIngo MaurerPaul McCarthyAllan McCollumAlessandro MendiniMario MerzHenri MichauxJoan MiroIssey MiyakeLaszlo Moholy-NagyPiet MondrianFrancois MorelletMalcolm MorleyRobert MorrisSarah MorrisOlivier MossetStudio NacoBruce NaumanMarc NewsonEmil NoldeJean NouvelClaes OldenburgDennis OppenheimMeret OppenheimGina PaneCesare PaoliniChristos PapouliasMichel ParmentierEd PaschkeGaetano PesceRaymond PettibonFrancis PicabiaPablo PicassoKlaus PinterSigmar PolkeJackson PollockDaniel Pommereulle R&sie R&Sie(n)Arnulf RainerMan RayMartial RaysseAd ReinhardtGerhard RichterDaniel RichterGerrit RietveldSophie RistelhueberDiego RiveraLarry RiversFrancois RocheAldo RossiMark RothkoGuy RottierGeorges RouaultUlrich RückriemClaude Rutault Saint-FlorianDavid SallePeter SaulCarlo ScarpaChristian SchadThomas SchütteRudolf SchwarzkoglerKurt SchwittersInga SempeGino SeveriniCindy ShermanKazuo ShiragaJack SmithRobert SmithsonAlison & Peter SmithsonPeter SmithsonPierre SoulagesChaim SoutineDaniel SpoerriPhilippe StarckOtto SteidleFrank StellaJana SterbakGeorges Tony StollKolmac Studio SuperstudioSophie Taeuber-ArpAntoni TapiesIakov TchernikovFranco Teodoro Tetsumi KudoJean TinguelyRoland ToporRosemarie TrockelBernard TschumiCy Twombly UFOZund UpKees van DongenClaude ViallatBill ViolaWilhelm WagenfeldAndy WarholRobert WattsMichael WebbJoel-Peter WitkinGil Joseph Wolman WolsChristopher WoolJean-Paul YungmannRemy Zaugg 

press release

The Centre Pompidou will present its collections for the first time, in a thematic, interdisciplinary and non-chronological fashion. Using works from the largest collection of modern and contemporary art in Europe, Big Bang will bring together visual arts, video, photography, architecture, design, and literature to confront works and trends from the beginning of the 20th century through today. This exceptional exhibition is based on an original set of themes: the modern “big bang,” or the link between creation and destruction in 20th century art. Using an exhibition space of about 45,000 sq. ft., the Centre Pompidou proposes a new way of understanding the cultural phenomena of the XXth century.

Centered on the idea of innovation and revolution, the modern project placed itself from the beginning under the auspices of “positive destruction.” In the creative field, artists tried every mode of inversion of established values by putting representation in crisis and placing the art scene at the crucible of radical renewal: destruction of forms by Cubism, disfiguration by Expressionism, subversion of images by Dadaism, etc.

This new exhibition has been conceived around eight major themes: destruction, deconstruction, archaism, sex, war, subversion, melancholy and re-enchantment.

For this occasion, the Centre Pompidou will exhibit several new acquisitions, in particular, a major work by Bill Viola, Five Angels For the Millennium, 2001 shown for the first time in France.

I. DESTRUCTION

The Disillusioned Body The exhibition opens with several extreme representations of modern man: Francis Bacon, Willem De Kooning, Marlene Dumas, Alberto Giacometti, Pablo Picasso, Dennis Oppenheim, Daniel Richter, Thomas Schütte, Andy Warhol...

Disfiguration The destruction of the figure: Jean Dubuffet, Annette Messenger, Pablo Picasso, Francis Picabia, Chaïm Soutine, Georg Baselitz, Bruce Nauman...

Chaos Composition, dynamited or scrambled: George Braque, Robert Delaunay, Jasper Johns, Fernand Leger, Jackson Pollock, Christopher Wool, Francis Picabia, Sigmar Polke, Coop Himmelbau...

Passage to the Horizontal No more pedestal, the horizon: Carl Andre, César, Ulrich Rückriem, John Coplans, Superstudio...

Geometric Space Daniel Buren, Sonia Delaunay, César Domela, Charles Eames, Herzog and De Meuron, Donald Judd, Ellsworth Kelly, Piet Mondrian, Olivier Mosset...

The Abstract City Abstraction to the conquest of the world: Marcel Breuer, Vassily Kandinsky, Jacobus Johannes Oud, Gerrit T. Rietveld, Théo Van Doesburg...

The Grid Ron Arad, Piet Mondrian, Kurt Schwitters, Franck Stella, Sophie Taeuber-Arp, Théo Van Doesburg, Claude Viallat, Sarah Morris, Louis Kahn, Alison and Peter Smithson...

Monochrome Ellsworth Kelly, Yves Klein, Kasimir Malevich, Gottfried Honegger, Allan Mc Collum, John Baldessari, Clairet and Jugnet, Bernard Tschumi, Inga Sempé...

II CONSTRUCTION/DECONSTRUCTION

Conceptualizing Concept and language: Guillaume Apollinaire, Art and Language, Marcel Duchamp, Andrea Branzi, Stanley Brouwn, Dennis Crompton, Jenny Holzer, Iliazd, Joseph Kosuth, Robert Morris, Rémy Zaugg...

White Room The white monochrome: Hans Arp, Enrico Castellani, Dan Flavin, Yves Klein, Le Corbusier, Piero Manzoni, Kasimir Malewitsch, François Morellet...

Transparency Vacuum and transparency: Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Wilhelm Wagenfeld, Raoul Hausmann, Marcel Duchamp, Andre Bruyère, Robert Julius Jacobsen, Gyulia Kosice, Laszlo MoholyNagy, Jean Nouvel, Robert Watts, René Coulon, Toyo Ito, Rem Koolhaas Erwine and Estelle Laverne...

Chance The laws of fate: Constant , Marcel Duchamp, Robert Filou, Francis Picabia, Man Ray, Gil Wolman, François Morellet, Peter Cook.

Mirror-Entropy Robert Smithson, Marcel Janco, Constantin Brancusi, Dan Graham, Raymond Hains, Robert Morris, André Kertesz... Marc Newson...

Aberrant Scale The change of scale: Marcel Duchamp, Richard Goldstone, Raymond Hains, Malcolm Morley, Gaetano Pesce, Saint-Florian, Yona Friedman, Kyonori Kikutake...

Violent Procedures Burning, cutting, crushing, compressing: Arman , Alberto Burri, Lucio Fontana, Niki de Saint Phalle... Ant Farm, Didier Fiuza Faustino, Massimiliano Fuksas ... Pleating: Ingo Maurer, Issey Miyake...

Fragmentation. Dislocation, dismemberment: Hans Arp, Daniel Buren, Henri Laurens, Kurt Schwitters, Gino Severini, Gordon Matta-Clark, Alessandro Mendini, William Alsop, M.Fuksas, Jean Nouvel, Otto Steidle...

The Soft Piero Gatti, Cesare Paolini et Franco Teodoro, Marie-Ange Guilleminot, Robert Morris, Claes Oldenburg, Barry Flanagan, Kol/Mac Studio...

III. ARCHAISM

Regression Jean Dubuffet, Jean Fautrier, Lucio Fontana, Kazuo Shiraga, Philip Guston, Franz Kupka, Eugène Leroy, Hans Hollein, Fernando et Humberto Campana...

Nature Film: Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty

Collection, Compulsion The Andre Breton wall, Christian Boltanski

The Savage Eye Asger Jorn, Michel Larionov, Mario Merz, Jackson Pollock, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Garouste & Bonetti, Edouard François / Duncan Lewis ......

The Sleep of Reason Illumination, madness, drugs: Antonin Artaud, Günter Brus, Salvador Dali, Lucy Gunning, René Magritte, Henri Michaux, Gaetano Pesce, Gilbert and George, Arnulf Rainer, Diego Rivera, Chaïm Soutine...

Childhood Gaston Chaissac, Francesco Clemente, Robert Combas, Vassily Kandinsky, Michel Larionov, Pablo Picasso, Jean Tinguely... Laurel and Hardy...

Hybrid The hybrid and the monster: Louise Bourgeois, Ronan Bouroullec, Constantin Brancusi, Victor Brauner, Max Ernst, Fabrice Hybert, Jannis Kounellis, Joan Miró, Francis Picabia, Studio Naço, Jean Nouvel, Ron Herron, Iakov Tchernikov...

IV. SEX

The Bride Marcel Duchamp, Jim Dine, Robert Doisneau, Lyonel Feininger, Niki de Saint Phalle, Rudolph Schwarzkogler...

The Prostitute Emil Nolde, Kees Van Dongen, Otto Dix, Pablo Picasso, George Rouault, Pierre Klossowski, Larry Rivers, Victor Burgin...

Voyeurism Balthus, Hans Bellmer, Diego Giacometti, René Magritte, David Salle, Nobuyoshi Araki, Cui Xiuwen...

Obscenity Film: Jack Smith’s Flaming Creatures

Transgression Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Ed Paschke, Tetsumi Kudo...

Sacrilege Jean Fautrier, Jean Hélion, Arnulf Rainer, Peter Saul, Wim Delvoye, Jean-Michel Alberola, Raymond Pettibon, Joel Peter Witkin...

V. WAR

Revolution Erik Boulatov, Erró , Ian Hamilton Finlay, Michel Parmentier, Jörg Immendorff, Annette Messenger, Daniel Pommereulle, Gerard Fromanger, Philippe Cazal...

War Sophie Ristelhueber, Mona Hatoum, Luc Delahaye, Gottfried Böhm...

Pathos/Death Kasimir Malewitsch, Andy Warhol, Joseph Beuys, Yves Klein, Meret Oppenheim, Martial Raysse, Gina Pane, Carlo Scarpa, Cy Twombly...

Forgetting/Memory F rancis Picabia, Anselm Kiefer, Jochen Gerz, Toni Grand, Daniel Libeskind...

Vanity George Braque, Arshile Gorky, Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, Eric Dietman, Francesco Clemente, Daniel Spoerri, Peter Fischli and David Weiss, Emile Aillaud...

VI. SUBVERSION

Pastiche and parody Victor Brauner, Francis Picabia, Pablo Picasso, Braco Dimitrijevic, Bertrand Lavier, Claes Oldenburg, Paul Mc Carthy, Philippe Starck, UFO, Radi Designers...

Anti-Museum Marcel Broodthaers, Joseph Cornell, Richard Artschwager, Gérard Gasiorowski, Louise Lawler, Bertrand Lavier, Claude Rutault, Andrea Fraser, Roland Topor, Hans Hollein, François Roche, Gianni Arnaudo...

Anti-architecture: Yan Kaplicky, Klaus Pinter, Hans Hollein, Michael Webb,Guy Rottier,Jean Aubert, Zund Up, R&Sie,...

Grotesque Ubu: Victor Brauner, Dado, Dora Maar, Rosemarie Trockel, Jean-Paul Yungmann. The grotesque portrait: Gino Severini, Natalia Gontcharova, Georg Grosz, Jacques-Andre Boiffard, Glenn Brown, John Currin, Urs Fischer...

VII. MELANCOLY

Unsettling Strangeness Fernand Leger, Eli Lothar, Marcel Duchamp, Andy Warhol, Wols, Tetsumi Kudo, Arman, Christo, Jana Sterbak, Georges Tony Stoll...

Melancholy Figures Giorgio De Chirico, René Magritte, Otto Dix, Christian Schad, Cindy Sherman... Décosterd and Rahm, Aldo Rossi...

Disappearance Ad Reinhardt, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko, Cy Twombly, Sam Francis, Antoni Tàpies, Pierre Soulages, Alighiero Boetti, Gerhard Richter, Gary Hill, Jean Nouvel, Hans Hollein, Christos Papoulias, Christian de Portzamparc...

Nostalgia Around Matisse’s La Tristesse du Roi: Peter Doig, Martial Raysse

VIII. RE-ENCHANTEMENT 1. Cristina Iglesias: Passage 2. Bill Viola: Five Angels for the Millennium, 2001

All the works presented belong to the permanent collection of the Centre Pompidou (including long-term loans from the FNAC), except for works of literature, and an exceptional loan from Issey Miyake.

PUBLICATION

Big Bang Destruction and Creation in the art of XXth century Format 22 x 28 cm., stitched, 176 pages, 186 illustrations in color Bilingual French-English 29.90 euros Under the direction of Catherine Grenier Following the structure of the exhibition, the catalogue will present eight chapters, which will be illustrated by masterpieces in the collection, placed in a new perspective