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With a Hint of Adventure

"Comme un parfum d'aventure" - Exhibition
Artwork by Jean Jullien
Illustration: Jean Jullien Courtesy of the artist & galerie Slika

Comme un parfum d’aventure ("With a Hint of Adventure") is an exhibition directly inspired by the recent collective, worldwide experience of confinement, which was imposed more or less simultaneously for health reasons on the majority of people on the planet. Its main thrust is an exploration of the question of travel, whether impeded or imposed, voluntary or provoked, individually or in a group, and the consequences of it for those affected. It takes the form of an investigation across history, drawing on the collections of the Lyon Musée des Beaux-Arts and the Musée d'Art Contemporain (macLYON). Alongside these works, the exhibition juxtaposes works borrowed or specifically created by artists living in France, not to say geographically close to macLYON. The experience of moving through the exhibition and viewing the works is designed to encourage visitors to reflect on the links between political ideologies, economic systems, climate change and migration flows.

This new collaboration between macLYON and the Musée des Beaux-Arts is one of a series of initiatives by the Lyon Art Museums in active support of the French art scene.

With artworks by Marina Abramović & Ulay, Vito Acconci, Giulia Andreani, Ismaïl Bahri, Zbyněk Baladrán, Fabienne Ballandras, François Bellay, Laura Ben Haïba et Rémi De Chiara, Louis-Antoine Beysson, Guillaume Bijl, Claude Bonnefond, Arièle Bonzon, Eugène Boudin, Victor Brauner, Thibault Brunet, Nidhal Chamekh, Lucie Chaumont, Paul Chenavard, Ali Cherri, Joseph Cornell, Christine Crozat, Marc Desgrandchamps, Theresia Deslandes, Jean Dubuffet, Antoine Duclaux, Gaëlle Foray, Jean-François Gavoty, Hans Hartung, Philippe-Auguste Hennequin, Jean Jullien, Nicolas Jullien, Smaïl Kanouté, Géraldine Kosiak, Raymond Lafage, Wifredo Lam, Prosper Marilhat, Henri Matisse, Florent Meng, Claude Monet, Charles-Louis Muller, Yoko Ono, Panamarenko, Jean-Xavier Renaud, Fleury Richard, Peter Robinson, Clara Saracho de Almeida, Chloé Serre, Jakob Kudsk Steensen, Lise Stoufflet, Pascale Marthine Tayou, Benjamin Testa, Barthélémy Toguo, Warlukurlangu, Krzysztof Wodiczko, Erwin Wurm, William Wyld, Carmelo Zagari, Zohreh Zavareh, Radouan Zeghidour...

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Texte En savoir plus : Gauche

Science and mythology agree on one essential point: it was by moving around that human beings began their adventure on earth. They have travelled a long way since then. They have explored most of the globe and have always yearned to conquer the sky and space. Although Article 13 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights guarantees freedom of movement, infinite limitations and laws seem to have been written to ensure that everyone remains within their own territory. The general lockdown, which a majority of the human race experienced in the spring of 2020, reminded us all how difficult it is to be deprived of the right to freedom of movement. At the same time, it highlighted and even exacerbated social inequalities, which were particularly reflected in unequal access to travel.

The experience of travel, whether of people’s own volition or forced upon them, has been constructed for this exhibition from the collections of the Musée d’art Contemporain (macLYON) and the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, and also through an invitation to more than twenty artists working in France and more particularly in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region. The exhibition takes the form of an investigation into the movement of people. It looks at myths and conquests, the regulation of movement through frontiers, political ideologies, economic systems and the major migratory movements that are closely linked to those systems, as well as the impact of climate change on increasingly large-scale population flows.

The relationship between humans and their environment has become more important than ever. This, of course, begs the question of the body as an immediate and ontological entity, because freedom of movement is also the freedom to become Other.

Texte En savoir plus : Droite

At a time when frontiers have been erected again and freedom of movement has been so easily suspended, the violence we all felt in France as we filled out our justification-for-being-outside-the-house forms is directly associated with national, or even nationalistic strategies. Irrespective of the rightness of a response to a health crisis, such arbitrariness illustrates the fragility of political achievements, as well as the predominantly collective nature of the phenomenon. Is freedom a matter of geography? Is it to do with time? Is it negotiable?

Comme un parfum d’aventure [With a Hint of Adventure] explores what the experience of travel has represented, from the past to the present, and addresses the effects on the imagination of forced mobility and restrictions on movement. An examination of the limits and possibilities of this right which is considered essential is also a way of interrogating the influence and impact that individuals have on their environment, and vice versa.

The exhibition is conceived as a chronological and thematic journey that begins with the discovery of the world. It deals with the political aspects of the movement of people for cultural, religious or holiday reasons, the body in collective space, the experience of lockdown and how to get the body moving again. The exhibition also explores how, when their relationship to the world has been constrained, artists have used memory and experience to renegotiate their relationship to the territory, remapping it and occupying other dimensions.

Marilou Laneuville and Matthieu Lelièvre, Exhibition curators

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Press release Comme un parfum d'aventure

Press release Comme un parfum d'aventure

Date created: 11/12/2020

Changed date: 11/12/2020

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Visiting guide october 2020

Exhibition guide October 2020

Date created: 10/21/2020

Changed date: 10/21/2020

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