Raised stones

Ossip Zadkine, Tête de femme, détail, 1924, pierre calcaire, incrustation de marbre gris et rehauts de couleur (c) Musée Zadkine / ADAGP - Photo V. Koehler

Ossip Zadkine, Tête de femme, détail, 1924, pierre calcaire, incrustation de marbre gris et rehauts de couleur (c) Musée Zadkine / ADAGP - Photo V. Koehler

Zadkine Museum

September 29th 2017 - February 11th 2018

Starting with the stone sculptures of Ossip Zadkine, the exhibition encourages visitors to contemplate this material long appreciated by artists.

Several groupings are interspersed among the Zadkine Museum’s collections, offering context for contemporary works – photography, sculpture, and video– that have a renewed relationship to nature. There is a dialogue between sacred objects from ancient cultures and modern sculptures from the beginning of the 20th century inspired by primitivist art that exhibit many similarities to each other. They are the first chapter of a tale that continues in the contemporary section. The contemporary part, focused on artistic practices that make use of the characteristics of the stone itself, its virtues, its memory, brings together various leading figures around Marko Pogaˇcnick, a Slovenian artist exhibiting for the first time in Paris who was named UNESCO’s Artist for Peace in 2016. This exhibit displays emblematic pieces from conceptual artists working in the 1970s alongside works of young contemporary artists to cast fresh light on the dynamic and living aspects of stone. In honour of the fiftieth anniversary of Zadkine’s death, this exhibition is also an homage to the master of direct carving. It offers a new perspective on his work and re-activates the energy of the studio, a space for development of ideas and the creation of shapes. Alongside and as an extension of the exhibition, visitors will be able to participate in workshops led by Marko Pogacnick and a programme of public meetings between artists and scientists who will compare their experiences.

CURATORS: Noëlle Chabert, Chief Heritage Curator, Director of the Zadkine Museum, and Jessica Castex, Exhibition Curator at the Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris

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