Artists Remake the World
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The Author : Hélène Guenin

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Appointed director at MAMAC (Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art) in spring 2016, Hélène Guenin curated since then Gustav Metzger. Remember Nature (February 2017); A propos de Nice. 1947 – 1977 (Summer 2017); a survey show of Liz Magor (Novembe... [ read more ]

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25 July 2018

Gustav Metzger
Act or perish

Haunted by the mass destruction and industrialised killing for which World War II was the stage, but also by Cold War tensions and the onset of nuclear armament, Gustav Metzger wrote a first manifesto in 1959 in favor of “auto-destructive” art. It is a call to reflect on and radically experiment with the planned obsolescence of materials and the processes of decay that ultimately lead to their disappearance, contextualized by the artist within Western society’s morbid fascination for destruction and, from 1960 onward, the man-made devastation of nature.

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