Festival / Evening
A Nouveau festival / Allegories of Forgetting19 Feb - 10 Mar 2014
The event is over
every days except tuesdays
Many are the artists who have preferred to forget rather than remember as time goes by! And many are those for whom forgetting is a creative principle. The genealogy of forgetting is longer than one might suppose, and it has been much pondered in the history of thought – from Homer to Ovid, Plato to Hesiod, Montaigne to Nietzsche, Benjamin to Todorov, Borges to Blanchot, Freud to Ricoeur, and Eco to Weinrich and Augé, to cite the human sciences alone. The art of our times, irrespective of discipline, is no exception to the rule, and here forgetfulness, reminiscence and the palimpsest are explored through some fifty proposals.
From Simon Fujiwara's New Pompidou, 2014, to Mario Garcia Torres' The Shape of Memory, (And the Space of Forgetfulness), n.d.; from Pierre Bismuth's Erased de Kooning Drawing, Robert Rauschenberg, 1953 by Xu Yang, 2010, to Rémy Zaugg's Une Fatigue, trop savoir, 1973-1989, and from Matthew Buckingham's The Six Grandfathers, Paha Sapa in the Year 502,002 C.E., 2002, to Arno Gisinger's Invent arisiert, 2000, the works of fifty-odd artists are seen alongside each other. Further enriching the project, there will be performances, conferences and talks in the exhibition area and its surroundings, in which the subject is tackled by guests including Alex Cecchetti, Jeremiah Day, Sébastien Rémy, Dario Robleto, Nina Beier & Marie Lund and Meris Angioletti. And the ever-present Duchamp writes surreptitiously, on a scrap of paper that has slipped from his notes, the two words that give the event its title: "Allégorie d’oubli".
Proposed by Bernard Blistène and Jean -Pierre Criqui, "Paroles" (Spotlight) in collaboration with Florencia Chernajovsky