Artists Remake the World
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The Author : Hélène Guenin


Hélène Guenin was appointed director of Nice’s MAMAC in the spring of 2016. She was head of the Centre Pompidou-Metz’s programming division from 2008 to 2016 and assistant director of the 49 Nord 6 Est – Frac Lorraine from 2002 to 2008. She supports a multi-disciplinary approach to programming with a focus on performance art and the performing arts. She has curated a number of exhibitions, namely retrospective shows for Tania Mouraud; Gustav Metzger; Liz Magor; À propos de Nice. 1947-1977 and Cosmogonies, au gré des éléments; Sublime. Les tremblements du monde; A museum created with Francesco Manacorda, Peter Gorschlueter and Alexandra Müller.

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Investigation by Hélène Guenin
25 July 2018

Gustav Metzger
Act or perish

Investigation by Hélène Guenin

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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