May 1, 2009 - Musée d'Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne Métropole - Braco Dimitrijevic
May 1, 2009

Braco Dimitrijevic

Braco Dimitrijevic
Memories of Childhood
Photographie couleurs, 131×168 cm
Collection Kunstmuseum de Berne

Louvre is my studio, street is my museum

16 May – 16 August 2009

Opening Friday 15 May, 6 PM

La Terrasse – BP 80241
42006 Saint-Etienne cedex 1
mam [​at​]

BRACO DIMITRIJEVIC, Louvre is my studio, street is my museum

Braco Dimitrijevic (Sarajevo, 1948) is one of the pioneers of conceptual art. In 1963 he made his first conceptual work, The Flag of the World, in which he replaced the national flag with an alternative sign. It was the beginning of his artistic interventions into urban landscapes.

Over the past forty years he has exhibited extensively all over the world. He has also participated in major group shows such as the Kassel Documenta and Venice Biennale.

Dimitrijevic gained an international reputation in the seventies with his Casual passer-by series, in which gigantic photo portraits of anonymous people were displayed on prominent facades and billboards in European and American cities. The artist also mimicked other ways of glorifying important persons by building monuments to passers-by and installing memorial plaques in honour of anonymous citizens.

In the mid-seventies he started incorporating in his installations original paintings borrowed from museum collections. The Triptychos Post Historicus, realized in numerous museums around the world, unite in a harmonious synthesis high art, everyday objects, and fruit. The artist’s statement “Louvre is my studio, street is my museum” expresses both the dialectical and transgressive nature of his oeuvre. In the last thirty years, Dimitrijevic has realized over 500 Triptychos Post Historicus, with paintings ranging from Leonardo’s Madonna to Malevitch’s Red Square, in numerous museum collections including the Tate Gallery, the Louvre, the Musée d’Orsay, the Centre Pompidou, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum New York, and the Russian State Museum, St Petersburg.

In the early 1980′s, Braco Dimitrijevic started making installations in which wild animals confront artifacts and works of art, thus joining two cultural models, the occidental model and the model offered by other cultures that live in greater harmony with nature. As expressed in the following statement “If one looks down at the Earth from the Moon there are virtually no distance between the Louvre and Zoo”, the artist proposes harmonious vision of reality freed from rigid scientific classifications. In 1998, the artist realized one-man shows at Paris Ménagerie du Jardin des Plantes with installations in the 20 cages, those of lions, tigers, crocodiles, camels and bisons.

In his theoretical book Tractatus Post Historicus, (1976) the artist’s defines his concept of Post History as “the time of coexistence of different values and different concepts, the time of multi-angular viewing, the space without final truth”. This concept anticipated the plurality of styles and approaches in today’s art. Tractatus Post Historicus and Braco Dimitrijevic’s work in general were an important influence on two tendencies that dominate artistic discourse today: critical practices in public space and interventions in museum collections.

This first retrospective in France presents about 90 works from all cycles of the artist’s work. It starts with the earliest work, The Flag of the World from 1963. It includes The Casual Passers-by and Triptychos Post Historicus in the forms of new installations including original paintings by Pablo Picasso and Fernand Léger from the collection of the Musée d’Art Moderne de Saint-Etienne Métropole. The show will also include photographic Triptychos realized at the Tate, the Guggenheim Museum, the Musée d’Orsay, the Russian State Museum St Petersburg and the Louvre. This retrospective presents also works with animals (1981-2007). The most recent works are the installations with everyday objects combined with photo portraits of Kafka, Malevitch, Tesla etc. There will also be selection of video from 1971 to 2009.

Two other exhibitions at the same time:

FRAGILE, Fields of empathy

The FRAGILE exhibition presents about 50 international artists whose activity manifests a subtle, poetical, intimate, anthropological vision on contemporary life experience and whose work neglects any form of monumentalism or rigid formalism.

The following artists are invited for the exhibition:
Ruth Barabash, Massimo Bartolini, Frauke Boggasch, Marina Bolla, Rebecca Bournigault, Yves Bresson, Davide Cantoni, Alice Cattaneo, Loris Cecchini, Dae-Jin Choi, Tessa Manon den Uyl, Karin Fauchard, Roland Flexner, Andrea Fogli, Kevin Francis Gray, Carlos Garaicoa, Francesco Gennari, Ugo Giletta, Paolo Grassino, Myoung-Ok Han, Siobhan Hapaska, Bernd Koller, Jan Kopp, Insook Kwon, Kimsooja, Denica Lehocka, Eric Manigaud, Dacia Manto, Carla Mattii, Sabrina Mezzaqui, Helen Mirra, Liliana Moro, Vik Muniz, Sirous Namazi, Isabel Nolan, Marina Paris, Pavel Pepperstein, Marina Perez Simao, Francoise Pétrovitch, Laszlo Laszlo Revesz, Anila Rubiku, Hiraki Sawa, Fabian Seiz, Francesco Sena, Kati Szil, Kei Takemura, Mariusz Tarkawian, Barthelemy Toguo, Paul Wallach, Lois Weinberger, Sookyung Yee.

PIERRE JOUVE (French, 1943), journalist and photograph present for the first time in a museum series of photographs made in Paris while he follows the “Police judiciaire” (Criminal police) during special interventions. This show offers a visit trough an hidden face of the French capital.

Musée d’Art Moderne
de Saint-Etienne Métropole

La Terrasse – BP 80241
42006 Saint-Etienne cedex 1

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