The Monnaie de Paris is showing a contemporary art exhibition entitled Merci Raymond, by Bertrand Lavier.
Located along the Seine river, on the left bank between the Pont Neuf and the Pont des Arts, the Monnaie de Paris is a magnificent 18th century palace ordered by Louis XV as the official place to stamp coins. Today, it still has this function but a part is dedicated to exhibitions; the architecture and the decor have kept their cachet.
More than an exhibition, the current event is a collection of stories, anecdotes, and presentations staged by Bertrand Lavier to create connections and unexpected encounters with the works of his friend and contemporary artist Raymond Hains. The artist, an exponent of New Realism, known in particular for his lacerated posters, tireless mixer of words, is thus revealed by his friend and accomplice.
The twelve exhibition rooms at Monnaie de Paris play host to masterpieces by these two artists who establish analogies between the words, names and images, all while adding an extra twist. They are twelve winks from Bertrand Lavier to present the works of Raymond Hains in a different context, through face to face setting and dialogues, provoking and playing with his own work, as a conversation between friends – in a light-hearted mood.
The event intends to blend past and contemporary works in the same place. It is a luminous tribute, like a huge medal around the building that hosts it. The installation at Monnaie de Paris joins the spirit of these two close colleagues with a perfect blend of their artistic universes and thoughts in an offbeat tone which juxtaposes Picasso, Matisse, Frank Stella, Giotto… or even Boronali’s donkey. Bertrand Lavier thus replays the great artistic match between Matisse and Picasso through… Chevrolet and Citroën, or by associating “Palissades de Skis” of Raymond Hains with works of artists such as Christian Boltanski, Claude Closky, Gérard Gasiorowski, Wassily Kandinsky, Piotr Kowalski, David Ostrowski, Petrushka by Igor Stravinsky, Piotr Uklański…
Following the idea of always reinventing new forms of exhibition, Bertrand Lavier has designed a project at the heart of Monnaie de Paris that is purpose-built to capture the eyes and minds of the visitors.
Open every day, late closing on Thursdays (22:00).
€10 to €15Accessibility:
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