March 20, 2006 - Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) - Mrzyk & Moriceau and Félicien Rops—You Only Live 25 Times
March 20, 2006

Mrzyk & Moriceau and Félicien Rops—You Only Live 25 Times

Exhibition organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.<br>
 All photography © 2006 Museum Associates/LACMA<br>
 Petra Mrzyk and Jean-François Moriceau, preliminary sketch for <i>You Only Live 25 Times</i>, 2006, China ink on paper, 8.3 in. x 11 in., © Mrzyk and Moriceau

Contemporary Projects 10:
Mrzyk & Moriceau 
Félicien Rops You Only Live 25 Times
ON VIEW: March 23-June 4, 2006

5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles CA, 90036. 
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Large-Scale Installation Incorporates Symbolist Prints from Permanent Collection

As part of the Los Angeles County Museum of Arts (LACMA) Contemporary Projects series, French artists Petra Mrzyk (b.1973) and Jean-François Moriceau (b. 1974) have created a large-scale, site-specific wall drawing installation inspired by, and incorporating, twenty-five prints from nineteenth-century Belgian Symbolist artist Félicien Rops (18331898) from the museums permanent collection. Contemporary Projects 10: Mrzyk & Moriceau and Félicien RopsYou Only Live 25 Times, (March 23June 4, 2006) is the first Los Angeles exhibition by these French artists and a one time only, exclusive installation you wont want to miss!

For their ephemeral wall drawing, Mrzyk and Moriceau integrate a selection of Rops prints taken from the museums extensive collection of nine hundred works by the artist, which was generously given by Michael G. Wilson in 1983, and is one of the largest in the United States.

Referencing popular imagery and literary, philosophical, and political sources, Mrzyk and Moriceau ironically combine dark humor and absurd elements with a graphic, elegant style. Spidery imagery bordering on the Gothic creates an aura of sinister, anxious thoughts, alongside a graphic repertoire of body parts, deformations, and strange characters enveloped and destroyed by carnivorous plants or swallowed by mechanical devices.

Rops too used irony in his well-known drawings, which often expressed strong opinions about religion, politics, and culture by using both erotic and satanic imagery. In his renderings, everyday objects, such as chairs, were fitted with eyes, suggesting an omniscient power to spy on human beings. Sexual organs were disembodied, floating in the air and morphing into threatening monsters.
You Only Live 25 Times, organized by LACMA Wallis Annenberg Curatorial Fellow Noëllie Roussel, incorporates Mrzyk and Moriceaus playful yet ironic style with Rops sense of humor. Influenced by Rops, Mrzyk and Moriceau integrate his stylistic elements and imagery with their own artistic language. Together, the work of these three artists forms an exhibition steeped in the long tradition of drawing, while remaining distinctly contemporary and provocative. Michael G. Wilson, the donor of the Rops collection to LACMA, is a producer of James Bond films, and Mrzyk and Moriceau often base the titles of their works on Bond movies, as they do here.
LACMAs Contemporary Projects Series You Only Live 25 Times is the tenth installment in LACMAs Contemporary Projects series, which provides the opportunity for the museum to organize smaller-scale shows of cutting-edge work in all media by artists from Los Angeles and around the world. This ongoing series provides viewers the opportunity to consider significant trends in contemporary culture. Stan Douglas, Keith Edmier, Farrah Fawcett, Gajin Fujita, Jim Hodges, Guillermo Kuitca, Gabriel Kuri, Sharon Lockhart, Los Carpinteros, Lee Mingwei, Mariko Mori, Jack Pierson, Pipilotti Rist, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Lincoln Tobier, Pablo Vargas-Lugo, and Rachel Whiteread are among the artists previously featured in Contemporary Projects.
About the Artists
Petra Mrzyk was born in 1973 in Nuremberg, Germany; Jean-François Moriceau was born in 1974 in Saint-Nazaire, France. The pair, who both currently live in France, met while attending art school in the mid-1990s. Like many contemporary French artists, they began to blur artistic boundaries between mass culture and traditional techniques. Their work has been in group exhibitions at the Musée dArt Moderne de la Ville de Paris, and PS1, New York. The artists also have produced a short animated video for the French pop band, Air, and various advertisements broadcast in Europe.

Félicien Rops was born in 1833 in Namur, Belgium and died in 1898 in Essonne, France. A master engraver, illustrator, and designer, he worked predominantly in France with such literary figures as Barbey dAurevilly and Baudelaire. Rops was considered the most famous European commercial artist of his time.
This exhibition was organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and made possible by the Contemporary Projects Endowment Fund. Contributors to the fund include Mr. and Mrs. Eric Lidow, Ronnie and Vidal Sassoon, Steve Martin, The Broad Art Foundation, Bob Crewe, Tony and Gail Ganz, Ansley I. Graham Trust, Peter Norton Family Foundation, Barry and Julie Smooke, and Sandra and Jacob Y. Terner. Additional support for this exhibition was provided by étant donnés: The French-American Fund for Contemporary Art, a program of FACE.
Please note: LACMA is free every evening after 5 pm.
About LACMA: Established as an independent institution in 1965, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art has assembled a permanent collection that includes approximately 100,000 works of art spanning the history of art from ancient times to the present, making it the premier encyclopedic visual arts museum in the western United States. Located in the heart of one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world, the museum uses its collection and resources to provide a variety of educational and cultural experiences for the people who live in, work in, and visit Los Angeles. LACMA offers an outstanding schedule of special exhibitions, as well as lectures, classes, family activities, film programs and world-class musical events. 
General LACMA Admission: Admission (except to specially ticketed exhibitions) is free every evening after 5 pm, the second Tuesday of every month, and for children 17 and under.

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