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Richard Artschwager at the New National Museum of Monaco

2/22/2014  Culture

The largest and most complete retrospective of the artist's work ever staged to date will open at the Villa Paloma on 20 February 2014

This exhibition at the New National Museum of Monaco (NMNM) is being organized by Marie-Claude Beaud, the Museum's Director.  Following an exhibition of his work at the Whitney Museum in New York, the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles and the Haus der Kunst in Munich also hosted the Richard Artschwager exhibition.

The exhibition features more than 135 works created over six decades and includes sculptures, paintings, drawings, photos and posters.

Although his work has often been associated with pop art, minimalism and conceptual art, it has never really been possible to classify it in any of these specific categories.  It has remained at the crossroads of several disciplines.

His work has consistently explored questions regarding his own visual and physical engagement with the world;  his objects hover between illusion and reality.

The exhibition reveals the artist’s prescience in his career-long commitment to exploring the profound effect photography and technology have had in transforming our view of the world.  

His work has called into question how these media – and our experience of things as images rather than as things in themselves – have altered our perception from being rooted in primary physical experience to a knowledge mediated by secondary sources such as newspapers, television, and the Internet.

In the seven rooms of the Villa Paloma, the NMNM is presenting a retrospective exhibition focussing on varies series, from the artist's first experiments using Formica to drawings, and including paintings on industrial materials and pieces of furniture.  This latest version of the exhibition is an opportunity to discover and better understand the work of this important pioneer of contemporary art.

Richard Artschwager Retrospective 
Villa Paloma
From 20 February to 11 May 2014


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