Show / Concert |
Le Jeu du massacre26 Jun 2021
The event is over
The tableau vivant presented in the Forum of the Centre Pompidou by Mathis Collins is of a merry-go-round that is both carousel and shooting range, inhabited by a crowd of dolls swinging at the end of large pikes/lances, as if teasing the public. The installation is a reference to the large galleries of political portraits and caricatures targeted by the public at fun fairs.
11h - 20h
This Jeu du massacre (Killing Game) is activated here at regular intervals throughout the day by a clown who looks strangely like the targets. A fight develops between the artist and the puppet to see which of them will still be standing at the end of the tableau vivant. Composed like a collection in seven chapters, seven poems will be recited from the opening to the closing of the Centre Pompidou, The Killing Game is a performance piece and a sculpture written specifically for the day of tableaux vivants.
Production assistant: Atelier Nathanaël Moix
Mathis Collins (born in Paris in 1986) is a French and Canadian artist. The themes and materials explored in his work range from the harvesting of cork from the cork oak to the ornamentation of bars and cafes, from clowns' shoes to polychrome bas-reliefs, from Parisian Poulbots (street children) to Second Empire caricatures, from administrative poetry to experimental methods of artistic education. His works have been presented at La Criée art centre (Rennes), at 15 Orient (Brooklyn), at the Crèvecoeur gallery (Paris), the Palais de Tokyo (Paris), at the Lafayette Anticipations foundation (Paris). Mathis Collins is represented by the Crèvecoeur gallery (Paris) and will present his works there in June 2021, and at the Massimo de Carlo gallery (London) in July 2021.
Mathis Collins, Le Guide, 2019. Collection FRAC Nouvelle-Aquitaine MÉCA
© Jean Christophe Lett, courtesy de la galerie Crèvecoeur