Jorge Mendez Blake
Yinka Shonibare MBE
Jane & Louise Wilson
Or the Last Frontier. A group exhibition about representations of the sky and the stars, self-image and images of the beyond. Although the topic is a serious one, the two curators - Alexia Fabre and Frank Lamy - in keeping with the museum's mission, have deliberately emphasized different levels of interpretation, ranging from a light-hearted view of formal representation to fundamental metaphysical questioning.
Or the Last Frontier
curated by Alexia Fabre, Frank Lamy
On October 4 2007, Mac/Val will inaugurate its new exhibition at Vitry-sur-Seine : " Stardust or the Last Frontier " about representations of the sky and the stars, self-image and images of the beyond.
Mac/Val's fall exhibition " Stardust or the Last Frontier " (October 4 2007 - January 13 2008) proposes a journey into space that, through the imagination of some forty-odd artists, becomes a
" mirror of the world ".
Alexia Fabre (chief curator of the museum) and Frank Lamy (director of temporary exhibitions) have selected approximately sixty works that perfectly complement the permanent collection display, entitled Being Present in the World. Our gaze is lifted to the beyond, so as to better refocus on ourselves.
Frank Lamy adds: " Skies, planets, stars, the Milky Way, constellations, satellites, supernovas, the Big Bang, black holes, space-time, rockets, and astronauts are all protagonists of this saga. It's an attempt to describe the Beyond, and thus also the human condition. It's about fiction, masks, creating an image, but also about power, conquest, colonialism, and identity..."
The exhibition includes never-before-seen works by young French artists represented in Mac/Val's permanent collection - including Jacques Monory, Serge Guillou, Bernard Moninot, and Melik Ohanian - alongside works from other artistic scenes, including Great Britain, Canada, and Switzerland (see preliminary list below). " Stardust or the last frontier " emphasizes the universality of its theme, allowing the viewer to question the idea of proper scale and to reflect on the self and its relationship to the world.
Although the topic is a serious one, the two curators, in keeping with the museum's mission, have deliberately emphasized different levels of interpretation, ranging from a light-hearted view of formal representation to fundamental metaphysical questioning. They offer the audience a personal experience, a type of personal projection, and paid close attention to the educational materials of the exhibition.
" Sputnik 1, the first man-made satellite, was launched at Baikonur on October 4, 1957 " note the two curators with a grin.
Guy Allott, Renaud Auguste-Dormeuil, Nicolas Baier, Davide Bertocchi, Pascal Broccolichi, Etienne Chambaud, Claude Closky, Julien Discrit, Serge Guillou, Vincent Lamouroux, Roberto Martinez, Philippe Mayaux, Paul McDevitt, Bernard Moninot, Jacques Monory, Olivier Mosset, Melik Ohanian, Roman Ondak, Bruno Peinado, Didier Rittener, Gwen Rouvillois, Stéphane Sautour, Bridget Smith, Jean-Luc Vilmouth, Mark Wallinger, Jane & Louise Wilson and Jordan Wolfson
Musee d'Art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne - MAC/VAL
Place de la Liberation - Vitry-sur-Seine