10 May > 02 Sep
Quel Amour !? [What Love!?] Exhibition
Curators: Eric Corne with Thierry Ollat
In French, the expression “Quel Amour!? [What Love!?] is an existential exhortation that raises questions about the universal nature of love as well as its ever-changing manifestations across generations, cultures, civilizations, and even within the arc of a single relationship.
This eponymous exhibition brings together the work of acclaimed contemporary artists from around the world that bears witness to the permanent role love plays in artistic creation. Envisioned as two interlacing journeys, the exhibition invites visitors to choose their point of entry and, eventually, to separate from the person they may have come with… As the singer Ian Curtis declared in 1980, “Love will tear us apart…”
Photographs, installations, videos, sculptures, and paintings explore the omnipresence of this sentiment, through both the work of celebrated artistic couples (Gilbert & Georges, Marina Abramovic and Ulay …) and the passionate ideals embodied by the work of Louise Bourgeois. This dialogue between different artistic practices and perspectives is further enriched by the insights of feminist artists such as Pilar Albarracín or through reflections of love in the time of AIDs as seen in the work of Nan Goldin and Felix Gonzalez Torres.
Quel Amour!? is also the occasion to commission works from specific artists; prominent among this selection is a piece by Claude Lévêque and Omar Ba that fuses their visions and their languages in a polyphonic exploration of love’s confines. This exhibition has been conceived as an investigation into a motif that resonates with each person’s most intimate experiences while also inevitably unveiling otherness.
Eric Corne is an artist and a curator. In 2001, he founded the contemporary art centre Le Plateau in Paris, which he directed until 2004. After curating numerous international exhibitions, he devoted himself to painting. Éric Corne has taught at the École Nationale Supérieure d’Art de Bourges since 2008.
[mac] musée d’art contemporain of Marseille
Installed in a building from the 1970s, [mac] opened its doors to the public in 1994. It features close to 2500 m2 of display space for both its permanent collection and temporary exhibitions that are at the convergence of contemporary art practices.
The [mac] is directed by Thierry Ollat, who serves as associate curator for this exhibition. He recently conceived exhibitions such as HIP HOP: Un Âge d’Or with Claire Calogirou and Sebastian Bardin-Greenberg as well as ANDY WARHOL: Time Capsules in 2014 and LE PONT in 2013 for MP2013.