“L’Hiver de l’amour” at l’ARC/musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris in 1994
Close Cover of the catalogue of the exhibition with a photograph of Anders Edstrom. Collective work, Paris, Edition du MAMVP, 1994, 28 x 21,5 cm, 96 pages.
September 27

Cycle Expologie — « L’Hiver de l’amour », Musée d'Art Moderne de la ville de Paris

With the participation of:

Bernard Joisten (co-curator of the exhibition), Vidya Gastaldon (artist in the exhibition),

Jean-Charles de Quillacq (artist). And the contributions of Elein Fleiss and Olivier Zahm (curators).

"Expologie" is a cycle of encounters, conceived by Clément Dirié, devoted to emblematic exhibitions in the history of contemporary art. This inaugural series focuses on the 1990s in France, when manifesto-exhibitions conveyed a renewal of the French and international artistic scene. Regional art centres and museums played a preponderant role in this redefinition of the exhibition format and the experience of art. After taking an interest in “Traffic” (CAPC, 1996), the second series will go back over “L’Hiver de l’amour”, an exhibition organised at the ARC/musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris from 10 February to 13 March 1994.

For two months, five young curators– Elein Fleiss, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Bernard Joisten, Jean-Luc Vilmouth and Olivier Zahm – brought together by the review Purple Prose – and over forty artists are transforming the first floor of the MAMVP into a climatic exhibition. What can be seen there? “Film sessions. Sessions of biography, video, colours… With contacts, sensations. Desires for adaptations and proximities. A stroll through the world, trends and memories. Unsettled staircases. A terrace in a state of shock before a long alley of contrasts. Possible interpretations. A square to be crossed over and urban darkness, a shower of images.” (Editorial of the exhibition’s magazine).

A subjective generational panorama of art, but also of music, stylism, cinema, video and architecture in the early 1990s, the exhibition places affects at the centre of the game. By bringing together players from the era, subsequent testimonies and the projection of rare or unpublished archives, this encounter at the Bourse de Commerce thus goes back over the way in which “L’Hiver de l’amour” became part of the artistic landscape of the time and its subsequent resonances.

Clément Dirié

An art historian and critic, as well as an independent curator, Clément Dirié is the editor-in-chief of JRP Éditions, a publishing house in which he has brought out numerous books and DVDs associated with the history of art exhibitions in the 20th and 21st centuries. An attentive observer of current artistic creation as well as of the genealogies of contemporary art history, he is the author of numerous essays devoted to art and design, and of a book Iris Clert: La Pasionaria de l’avant-garde, to be published by Editions Hermann.

In December 2021:

Session devoted to “Curios & Mirabilia”, at the Château d’Oiron in 1993.