Michael Krebber

CAPC Contemporary Art Museum Bordeaux

Michael Krebber, MK.166, 2011. Acrylic on canvas, 35.6 x 45.7 cm. Collection Tyler Dobson. Courtesy the artist, Real Fine Arts, New York and Greene Naftali, New York.

November 15, 2012

Michael Krebber
Les escargots ridiculisés

November 15, 2012–February 10, 2013

Opening: Thursday, November 15, 7pm
Featuring Beautiful Balance in concert, 8pm

CAPC musée d’art contemporain
de Bordeaux
7 rue Ferrère
F-33000 Bordeaux, France


Who are the Snails?
You will see one on the cover of the catalogue and some more in the book. I painted some paintings with a similar snail on each one of them.

Who makes a fool of the Snails?
Les escargots ridiculisés is the title for the entire exhibition. I borrowed Les escargots ridiculisés from the performance group Da Group. In my interpretation of the title, the snails, i.e. all my works on view in the exhibition and illustrated in the catalogue, are in fact already ridiculized. Nobody makes a fool of them.

The show at the CAPC is an exhibition of which nature?
Alexis Vaillant, curator of the exhibition, says it is a survey of my work. It may be a kind of a retrospective but I prefer the term survey. And no new works were made for this exhibition, so it really is a survey.

How was the selection made?
Alexis worked through my archive and made proposals for the selection, which, in most cases, I accepted. This selection also gave the catalogue its form.

How are the paintings juxtaposed?
There are different clues for installing (and for juxtaposing) because I think it is not possible to find a single one that works for such a huge and non-homogeneous exhibition. I built it up from different sides or angles. The construction is not very stable, but is hopefully well balanced in the end.

Is there a chronology in the exhibition?
There is a kind of chronology in the catalogue, though not consequently drawn through.

Once you said of your works “I can be rented”; what do you mean by

Catalogue Raisonné
Michael Krebber, The Ridiculized Snails
Edited by Michael Krebber and Alexis Vaillant
Texts by Catherine Chevalier and Magnus Schäfer
Design by Surface, Frankfurt/Berlin, Markus Weisbeck and Maximiliane Schling
Published by CAPC musée d’art contemporain de Bordeaux
330 pages, 191 colour plates, French and English
ISBN 978-2-87721-216-8
International distribution www.lespressesdureel.com

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