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Robert Gober, Door with Light Bulb, 1992, Collection ARTIS

“The artists I chose all share a common concept about the world, whose range is universal. I believe that thanks to their work, they attain the inexpressible, they are able to give us an idea of God”.

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Joseph Kosuth Du Phénomène de la bibliothèque, 2006, Courtesy Galerie Almine Rech, Paris-Bruxelles Courtesy Centre international d’art et du payage, Ile de Vassivière. Photo: Marc Domage © ADAGP, Paris 2009

These words are by Marin Karmitz, french director and producer, curator of Silences, a view by Marin Karmitz at Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Strasbourg.
The artists are Dieter Appelt, Georg Baselitz, Christian Boltanski, Alberto Giacometti, Robert Gober, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Tadeusz Kantor, On Kawara, Josef Kosuth, Chris Marker, Mario Merz, Annette Messager, Juan Munoz, Bruce Nauman and Martial Raysse; their works are displayed in a scenography created by architect Patrick Bouchain.

The story that the Silences exhibition tells is not obvious at first look. It doesn’t just jump right out at the visitor. In fact he/she must first “meet” each of the fifteen artists individually, inside a scenographic route that doesn’t compare one work to another: each room is displayed in its own space. This private space encourages a certain intimacy with the work, privileging dialogue, emotion, a shared silence.
The passage from one house to another has no pre-defined itinerary.
The public is free to create, not one, but an infinite number of possible trails, or sometimes even to get lost. This concept of labyrinth, in the real and the metaphorical sense of the term, is implied in the exhibition itself.

The Silences exhibition will be presented at Lisbon’s Berardo Museum from October 26th 2009 to January 10th 2010.

Ilya et Emilia Kabakov, Labyrinth (My Mother’s Album), 1990,  Tate Modern, Londres, © ADAGP, Paris 2009

Ilya et Emilia Kabakov, Labyrinth (My Mother’s Album), 1990, Tate Modern, Londres, © ADAGP, Paris 2009

Silences, A view by Marin Karmitz at Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, from April 18th to August 23rd 2009, Strasbourg

Opening picture: Christian Boltanski, Prendre la parole, 2005, Courtesy de l’artiste et de la Galerie Marian Goodman, New York/Paris, Photo: Marc Domage, © ADAGP, Paris 2009

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