February 18, 2017 - Nouveau Musée National de Monaco - Poïpoï: Une Collection Privée à Monaco
February 18, 2017

Nouveau Musée National de Monaco

View of the apartment. Left to right: Jim Shaw, Miriam Cahn, Xavier Veilhan, Jean-Luc Verna, Carsten Höller, Jennifer Bolande and Martin Kippenberger. Photo: NMNM/François Fernandez, 2016.

Poïpoï: Une Collection Privée à Monaco
(A Private Collection in Monaco)
February 24–April 30, 2017

Nouveau Musée National de Monaco
56 boulevard du Jardin Exotique
Villa Paloma
98000 Monaco
Hours: Monday–Sunday 10am–6pm

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The Nouveau Musée National de Monaco presents the exhibition Poïpoï, Une Collection Privée à Monaco (A Private Collection in Monaco) curated by Cristiano Raimondi, a tribute to a couple of Monaco-based collectors and their pioneer spirit of decipherment.

The curiosity of F and J Merino, their encounters with Nice-based artists during the 1960s, and, in particular, their frequent visits to Ben’s shop (“Laboratoire 32”) would encourage them to develop an interest in contemporary art, which would blossom into a passion.

In 1967, FM also founded Open, an underground magazine, in cahoots with Marcel Alocco.

In the same period they discovered Fluxus: George Brecht and Robert Filliou who had opened a place called “La Cédille qui sourit” in Villefranche-sur-Mer. Friends of friends came and went, Joe Jones, Dorothy Ianonne, Erik Dietman etc…and a crazy friendship was born, with stormy discussions and rocky finances.

For a while the couple kept its distance from the art world. A keen cook, FM became food critic for Gault&Millau and JM was responsible for the Public Relations of the Société des Bains de Mer. At that time they struck up a friendship with Helmut Newton and Alice Springs.

In the early 1980s, prompted by the interest of their son Edouard they plunged back into the contemporary art world, focusing on American appropriationist photography (Richard Prince, Louise Lawler, Cindy Sherman...).

In the 1990s, they hung out with the group hailing from the Grenoble School of Fine Arts: Dominique Gonzales-Foerster, Philippe Parreno, Pierre Joseph... nowadays major figures in the international art scene.

Their apartment in Monaco would become a convivial meeting place (walls painted by Stéphane Dafflon, projects by Liam Gillick, Carsten Höller, and Franz West). A collection to be experienced, and always on the move, including a large number of internationally renowned artists, among them: Arman, Fischli & Weiss, Andreas Gursky, Georg Herold, Ann Veronica Janssens, Paul McCarthy, Philippe Parreno, Raymond Pettibon, Jim Shaw, Cindy Sherman, Shimabuku… which the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco will be showing from February 24 to April 30 in the premises of the Villa Sauber.

With regard to Poïpoï: in 1963, Robert Filliou and Joachim Pfeufer created the Poïpoïdrome, a functional relation  between reflection, action and communication... Why such a strange name as the Poïpoïdrome? It was a form of thanks and tribute paid to the Dogon who live in the cliffs of southeastern Mali. In 1960, Robert Filliou had heard with pleasure about the Dogon and their famous Poïpoï  both through Joachim Pfeufer and through the Dutch architect and ethnologist Herman Haan. Poïpoï is a way of saying yes, a form of acquiescence, conciliation, exchange and peaceful reply. There is also an acoustic and musical dimension, akin to a tempo, which gives rhythm to the interlocutor's list.

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