October 2, 2009 - Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne (MCBA) - Renée Green
October 2, 2009

Renée Green

Renée Green, Endless Dreams and Water Between, 2009. Installation. Mixed Media
. Courtesy of the Artist, Free Agent Media and The National Maritime Museum, Greenwich.

Renée Green
Ongoing Becomings
Retrospective 1989-2009

September 19, 2009 – January 3, 2010

Palais de Rumine, place de la Riponne 6
CH-1014 Lausanne
Tel. +41 (0)21 316 34 45
Fax: +41 (0)21 316 34 46
info.beaux-arts [​at​] vd.ch


The Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts of Lausanne is presenting the first retrospective of the work of Renée Green (*1959) from the 1980s to the present day. Paintings, photographs, multimedia installations, films, videos and sound pieces are displayed in a presentation reflecting the different periods of her output and the tendencies they are linked to.

Devised in close collaboration with Renée Green, the exhibition makes it possible to appreciate the range and exceptional richness of the works produced by the artist over more than twenty years. It brings together major pieces, including Neutral/Natural (1990), Seen (1990), Commemorative Toile (1993), Partially Buried in Three Parts (1996-97), Some Chance Operations (1998-99), Wavelinks (2002-04), and Endless Dreams and Water Between (2009), in a non-chronological sequence punctuated by color and sound.

Educated in New York and at Harvard, Renée Green who has worked both in Europe and the United States generally devises her works in connection with a specific place, questioning its visible or repressed history, whether it is in Lisbon, Berlin, Amsterdam, Naples, New York or Los Angeles. The artist allies thoughts arising from post-colonial criticism to the artistic procedures inherited from Conceptual and Post-Minimal art to ask about the place of the subject in history and tackle the question of identities and their possible fluctuations. In a constant back and forth between documentary and fiction, she articulates personal and collective memory, individual histories – her own, those of other people – and historical events, questioning the implications of movements, displacements and geographical positions over the course of time, and calling on us to answer questions about vision and perception – those we form of the world, history, ourselves, and others.

Publication Renée Green. Ongoing Becomings, a bilingual monographic reference catalogue (French / English) is published by the Museum with newly commissioned texts by Nora Alter, Diedrich Diederichsen, Kobena Mercer, Catherine Quéloz, Gloria Sutton, Elvan Zabunyan, and an interview between Juliane Rebentisch and Renée Green, and a systematic, illustrated chronology. JRP Ringier, Zurich, 2009.


Public lecture
November 12, at 6.30 pm, salle du Sénat, Palais de Rumine
By Elvan Zabunyan, Maître de conferences en histoire de l’art contemporain, Université de Rennes

From October 17, to December 20.
Every Saturday and Sunday from 3 to 5 pm, students from the Research Master in Critical Curatorial Cybermedia from the Geneva University of Art and Design are available to share discussions and answer visitors’ questions about the works on display.

Festival des Urbaines – Can’t Forget What I Don’t Remember
In association with the exhibition Renée Green. Ongoing Becomings, “Les Urbaines – Festival des créations émergentes” organizes an exhibition with works by several contemporary artists who tackle questions of identity and memory.

More information : www.urbaines.ch

Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts / Lausanne
Palais de Rumine, place de la Riponne 6, C.P.
CH-1014 Lausanne
Tel. +41 (0)21 316 34 45
Fax: +41 (0)21 316 34 46


Press Office
Florence Dizdari : florence.dizdari@vd.ch

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