October 22, 2020 - Power Station of Art - M/M (Paris): M/Made in Shanghai
October 22, 2020

Power Station of Art

View of M/Made in Shanghai. Courtesy of the Power Station of Art.

View of M/Made in Shanghai. Courtesy of the Power Station of Art.

View of M/Made in Shanghai. Courtesy of the Power Station of Art.

M/M (Paris)
M/Made in Shanghai
September 27, 2020–April 18, 2021

Power Station of Art
678 Miaojiang Road
200011 Shanghai
Hours: Tuesday–Sunday 11am–7pm

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M/Made in Shanghai, the debut solo exhibition of M/M (Paris) in China, will be presented in the power station of DESIGN, a creative extension of the Power Station of Art, from September 27, 2020 to April 18, 2021. By showcasing hundreds pieces of this prolific art and design duo’s works, the exhibition will review their 30-year career, and explore how design can be translated and reinterpreted in a variety of contexts.

M/M (Paris) was co-founded by Michaël Amzalag and Mathias Augustyniak in 1992. With a unique style and through close interconnections with music, fashion and art circles, they have been proved to be among the most influential designers from their generation. Not only have they developed a subtle analysis of quotidian signs, but they also tap into the potential of graphic design by virtue of introspection. M/M are shifting experts, making graphic design shift from a mediation status to becoming a work of art in itself.

Concept and graphics are two indispensable elements in their dynamic system of thinking and M/M (Paris) regards exhibition as a medium of discovery and self-exploration. The exhibition title, M/Made in Shanghai refers not only the production place of the participated works, but also the relationship between works and their contexts. As per the title of one of their previous show, In Many Ways the Exhibition Already Happened: indeed, all artworks in this exhibition are “former works” by M/M (Paris). However, by modifying the proportion of artworks (such as 400% magnification) and altering the way of viewing them, M/M (Paris) provides the audience with a flexible space, expecting the audience to establish disparate dialogues with the exhibits.

Entering the exhibition hall, the audience will first notice two clocks facing each other, magnified 100 times. One of them displays Paris time and the other Shanghai time, metaphors of a conversation between two people, in two time zones, confronting left and right brains, weaving common experience in the same space. This way, different cultures may put self aside, thus creating a barn-new encounter. Magnification enables the audience to better reflect on the scale of human beings. In that sense, M/M (Paris) acts as the urban planner: Instead of building real houses, they gently stir the self-created two-dimensional world with their fingers and let the ripples of symbols and signs construct an alternative illusion of the city.

In addition, the exhibition will feature more than 200 posters by M/M (Paris), from which we will further understand how they work with their clients and keep self-renewing from it. In the early days of M/M's professional career, they worked on album covers design for independent music labels. Their first fashion clients were Yohji Yamamoto and Jil Sander, at the fore in the fashion industry. They later collaborated with brands such as Balenciaga, Givenchy, Calvin Klein, Prada, and more recently with Loewe since the appointment of Jonathan Anderson. In parallel, they worked as creative directors of magazines such as VOGUE Paris (France), Interview (US), Arena Homme+ and Man About Town (UK), while at the same time collaborating with Théâtre de Lorient, creating over 80 posters between 1995 to 2005, all presented in the exhibition.

M/M (Paris)'s clients are diverse and wide-ranging, also including museums and art galleries, musicians and artists. Growing up with the international generation of artists regrouped under the banner of "Relational Aesthetics" by art critic Nicolas Bourriaud, they designed the exhibition catalogue of Traffic, the seminal exposition he curated, before taking active part in the “No Ghost Just A Shell” project initiated by artists Pierre Huyghe and Philippe Parreno, an influential art venture questioning issues of authorship and copyrights. In music, their collaborations include musicians such as Madonna, Kanye West, Benjamin Biolay, Vanessa Paradis, among others. During this exhibition, PSA will launch their first publication in Chinese, M to M of M/M (Paris) Volume II, presenting a wide selection of their works from the 90’s to the present.

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