The Musée d'Art Moderne has called on Jan Dibbets—whose own contribution to Conceptual art was decisive—for a reinterpretation of the history of photography from its invention up to the present day. Rejecting a conventional approach in what is his first venture into curating, Dibbets sets out to pursue the line he has been following since the 1960s, and which marked his exhibitions at the Musée d'Art Moderne in 1980, 1994 and 2010.
This is not a show “about” Michel Houellebecq, but a show “by” Michel Houellebecq, demonstrating how the writer has produced a form that contributes to the reinvention of exhibitions, by mixing up literature, photography and cinema, between fact and fiction.
Poet, essayist, novelist and filmmaker, Michel Houellebecq has always had close ties with the cinema and the world of the visual arts, which have accompanied and extended his reflexions since the start of his career, as the frequent allusions to them in his novels attest.
This show is a scenario, leading visitors through the writer’s obsessions. Made up of sounds, photographs, installations and films he has conceived, as well as the presence of several guest artists (such as Robert Combas), it will offer an immersion into the world and mind of the protean creator who is Michel Houellebecq.
The magazine PALAIS, issue 23, concieved by Michel Houellebecq, will be enterly dedicated to the exhibition. Copublished with Flammarion.
An associated program will propose extensions to the exhibitions. Details and dates available soon.
Curator : Jean de Loisy
Fondation Pierre Bergé - Yves Saint Laurent
5 avenue Marceau, (exhibition space is currently closed for renovation) / +33825054405 / fondation-pb-ysl.net
Fondation Pierre Bergé - Yves Saint Laurent was created to prolong the history of the House of Yves Saint Laurent.