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Vestige - Fondation Frances

7 February - 17 May 2014
Gallery: Fondation Frances

For its thirteenth exhibition, Frances Foundation invites artist Gavin Turk to engage in dialogue with works from the collection.

Through painting and sculpture, Gavin Turk recycle the work of his predecessors, icons of modern art such as Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol or Jasper Johns. He plays with the history of art, revisits its codes, questions the myth of the artist and, more broadly, the way of life in our society.

Gavin Turk puts the subject at the heart of his research, whether it is a work of Pop Art or trash bag. By making cups or sleeping bags painted bronze, ruffling the concepts of value and goes to waste his role as witness to a culture, an era, a trace left by man.

The exhibition raises questions about the place we leave these residues of humanity, whether material or human. Residues from the history of art or our contemporary lives, who find themselves recycled, transformed and reinvented by contemporary artists.

This exhibition also refers to the documentary by Brazilian artist Vik Muniz, Waste Land (2011), whose action takes place in the largest landfill in the world "Jardim Gramacho", a suburb of Rio de Janeiro. The artist of "catadores" (waste sorters) heroes of famous paintings such as The Death of Marat by Jacques Louis David (1794), in stagings made from objects and materials from the landfill.

Recycling these vestiges of humanity brings value to that which is more, highlights the people and things that are unknown and gives meaning to what is excluded. These contemporary works dealing with the abandonment of a man or an object of self-surrender.

As usual, a dialog comes with works from the collection, such as Roger Ballen, Guillaume Bresson, Jake and Dinos Chapman, Subodh Gupta, Sophie Kuijken, Jean Revillard and Florian Süssmayr.