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Four artists of different generations, all represented in the Pinault Collection, explore and deconstruct American mythologies at the Bourse de Commerce.
Beginning on 20 September 2023, four artists of different generations, all represented in the Pinault Collection, explore and deconstruct American mythologies at the Bourse de Commerce.
With a fierce sense of irony, these artists criticise the flaws in American post-war society, basing themselves in particular on countercultures, which they perceive both as radical forms of protest to emulate and as loci of defeat and shattered illusions.
Each in their own way, the artists have created an oeuvre that speaks to both the personal and the collective: Lee Lozano starting in the 1960s, Mira Schor and Mike Kelley in the 1970s and 80s, and Ser Serpas in the 2010s and 2020s. Together, they have produced an acerbic portrait of America and its myths as self-mocking as it is profound, and as hard-hitting as it is poetic.
All of them specifically address society’s deformation of representations, the normalisation of dominant codes and stereotypes, how education, religion, and even television conditions are actions, how we define ourselves, how we consume, and how we behave, all subjects that extend far past the mere context in which they appear.
Some artworks on display in Gallery 2 may offend the sensibilities of young audiences.
Mike Kelley, "Ghost and Spirit"
This unclassifiable artist remains one of the most influential of the late twentieth century. His opus presents a critique of American society and its deviancies. Oscillating between a universe of trash and a resolutely pop aesthetic, it embraces scholarly culture, pop culture, and counterculture all at once.
Lee Lozano, "Strike"
Strike is the first exhibition in France devoted to the work of Lee Lozano (1930–1999). It was presented at the Pinacoteca Agnelli in Turin from 8 March to 23 July 2023. This first-ever presentation in France features a broad selection of her works made from 1960 to 1972, covering all of her brief yet prolific career.
Mira Schor, "Moon Room"
An artist, writer, publisher, educator, and art critic, Mira Schor’s multiple engagements have secured her a singular place in the contemporary art scene. She is known mainly for her painting, a medium that she explores and advocates for in particular, and for her contributions to the history of feminist art.
Ser Serpas, "I Fear"
Ser Serpas is taking over Gallery 3 in the museum. The artist has created a series of paintings and sculptures inspired by Alejandro Amenábar's fantasy film The Others. The space becomes hybrid, chaotic, tense, and unsettling.