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PERFORMANCE ! Les collections du Centre Pompidou, 1967-2017
06.10.2017 - 14.01.2018
Le Tripostal, Lille
Avenue Willy Brandt
+33 3 20 14 47 60
AN EXHIBITION CELEBRATING THE 40TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CENTRE POMPIDOU In 2017, the Centre Pompidou is celebrating its 40th anniversary throughout France. To share the celebration with a wider audience, it will be presenting a completely new programme of exhibitions, outstanding loans and various events throughout the year.
“Performance!” shakes up exhibition practices. The project stages a singular story, playing on the fleeting instant and the possibility of repeating it through images or re-enactment. It will draw on all the artistic domains that converge in performance pieces: dance and choreography, music and sound art practices, the language of movement constructed by all the possibilities of the body, and the open devices of participatory or immersive installations, placing the viewer’s experience at the heart of the work.
Performance: the word resonates beyond the artistic field. Stemming from the performing arts (in the Anglo-Saxon tradition), and sports culture, the term now permeates post-industrial societies, in which “indicators” evaluate every sector of human activity. It is also an implicit practice of social media, in which relationships are formed and invented by and through representations of the self. The historian Stephen Greenblatt has called attention to a very sophisticated culture of self-fashioning since the Renaissance, in other words the conscious construction of an image of the social self. Today this involves a wide scope of behaviour that is elaborated daily in the prism of technology.
The art of the twentieth century has taken hold of the idea of performance to reformulate its terms and turn it into a critical practice: responding to the acceleration of time while proposing alternative strategies overturning and subverting the principle of productivity. The intensification of these forms of art in the twenty-first century even more pressingly raises the question of experience. It renews this critical vitalism, reinvents the here and now, reviving the question raised by Spinoza: “what can a body do?”.
In the expansive spaces of the Tripostal and the Gare Saint Sauveur, the exhibition will bring together masterpieces, rare works and new creations, prompting new dialogues and multiple lines of convergence. Large video installations will frame the whole, within which live performances will take place.
At the Tripostal, the visit will be organised around three focal points: Movement on movement, Staged gestures, and Listening objects. A programme of performances will act as a counterpoint. Additionally, there will be the famous Tripostal nights, the IN Plain Site show presented by Lille Opera, the Cantine du Tripostal and the gift shop.
At the Gare Saint Sauveur, on the bare stage, a labyrinthine topography of animated images will unfold. Performance will be seen from the angle of play: children’s and serious games will be loaded with the same vital risk, an exploration whose outcome we ignore and yet which constitutes us.
Curators: Bernard BLISTÈNE, Marcella LISTA
FEATURING: VITO ACCONCI, SAÂDANE AFIF, DOUG AITKEN, FRANCIS ALŸS, ELEANOR ANTIN, ED ATKINS, JÉRÔME BEL, TRISHA BROWN, ANGELA BULLOCH, PIA CAMIL, CLAUDE CLOSKY, DANICA DAKI?, GUY DE COINTET, BRICE DELLSPERGER, RINEKE DIJKSTRA, STAN DOUGLAS, HANS-PETER FELDMANN, ROBERT FILLIOU, KIT FITZGERALD, WILLIAM FORSYTHE, AURELIEN FROMENT, DAN GRAHAM, RENEE GREEN, PIERRE HUYGHE, RYOJI IKEDA, JOAN JONAS, MIKE KELLEY, HASSAN KHAN, XAVIER LE ROY, BABETTE MANGOLTE, CHRISTIAN MARCLAY, AERNOUT MIK, BRUCE NAUMAN, CLAES OLDENBURG, DENNIS OPPENHEIM, ANTHONY RAMOS, LILI REYNAUD DEWAR, LA RIBOT, PIPILOTTI RIST, JOHN SANBORN, RAPHAËL SARKA, SARKIS, BEAT STREULI, SALLA TYKKÄ, GILLES TOUYARD, CLAUDIA TRIOZZI, ROSEMARIE TROCKEL, APITCHAPONG WEERASETHAKUL & CHRISTELLE LHEUREUX, PETER WELZ, FRANZ WEST, SCARLET YU...