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I am interested in objects, elements of common or symbolic exchange, whose real presences establish society between bodies.
- Jean-Luc Moulène
Jean-Luc Moulène is a major artist on the French scene. For nearly forty years, he has been charting a unique course that eludes categories of genre and style, through a dizzying body of work that includes photographic images, books, sculptures, paintings and installations.
The exhibition Objets et faits (Objects and facts) brings together twenty-four works created between 1978 and 2018. It offers a journey through the artist’s multifarious practice in the form of objective poetry—a writing in space “without plinth or ceremony”, in which each work simultaneously refers to all of the others.
It is a chance for Jean-Luc Moulène to present new works in which questions of heritage, genealogy and kinship open new perspectives in his approach.
At the centre of the exhibition, an installation entitled Cosmos, consisting of two continuously moving mirrors, induces a physical and mental displacement of bodies, objects and spaces, while literally putting the viewer to work. The geometry of the surrounding architecture, the gazing games between the viewers and the works are infinitely reconfigured by the mirrors’ slow displacement in the space.
The exhibition at the Synagogue de Delme is another step in Jean-Luc Moulène’s research through action: as an unrepentant philosopher or poet, he never stops asking questions that are put to the test of the material: what is the shape of a colour? How can one be in a pair? What is the shape of a communal space? What unbinds bodies and objects?
The work Cosmos was produced in collaboration with the Fondation d'entreprise Hermès, which presented it for the first time at the exhibition En angle mort at La Verrière in Brussels from 19 January to 31 March 2018 (curator: Guillaume Désanges).
Jean-Luc Moulène was born in 1955 in Reims. He lives and works in Paris.
He is represented by the galleries Chantal Crousel (Paris), Pietro Sparta (Chagny), Thomas Dane (London), Greta Meert (Brussels), Miguel Abreu (New York), Désiré Saint Phalle (Mexico).
Recent years solo exhibitions (selection)
2018 Sculpture Art Center, New-York, USA
En angle mort, La Verrière, Fondation Hermès, Brussels, Belgium
2017 The Secession Knot (5.1), Secession, Vienna, Austria
2016 Jean-Luc Moulène, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
2015 Il était une fois, Villa Medici, Rome, Italy
Documents & Opus, Kunstverein, Hannover, Germany
2014 Disjonctions, Transpalette, Bourges, France
2013 Endwards, Extra City Kunsthal, Antwerp, Belgium
Works, Beirut Art Center, Beirut, Lebanon
2012 Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, UK
2011 Jean-Luc Moulène: Opus + One, Dia:Beacon, Beacon, New York
2009 Jean-Luc Moulène, Carré d’art – Musée d’art contemporain, Nîmes, France
2007 Dix produits de Palestine et trois standards, Centre d’art Passerelle, Brest, France
Opus (1995-2007) Document (1999-2007), Culturgest, Lisboa, Portugal
2005 Le Monde, le Louvre. Musée du Louvre, Paris, France
Jean-Luc Moulène, Jeu de Paume, Paris, France