Reem Al Ghaith
Berdaguer & Pejus
The exhibition considers for the first time the question of how World's Fairs, international exhibitions, theme parks and kindred institutions have influenced ideas about the city and the way it is used. Duplicating and reduplicating reality through the creation of replicas, embracing an aesthetic of accumulation and collage that is often close to kitsch, these self-enclosed parallel worlds have frequently afforded inspiration to the artistic, architectural and urbanistic practices of the twentieth century, and may even be said to have served as models for certain contemporary constructions.
Didier Ottinger, Deputy director Musée National d’Art Moderne
Quentin Bajac, Curator at the Musée National d’Art Moderne, Head of the Photography Collection
Occupying the Grande Galerie at Centre Pompidou from 5 May to 9 August 2010, the exhibition Dreamlands will consider for the first time the question of how World’s Fairs, international exhibitions, theme parks and kindred institutions have influenced ideas about the city and the way it is used. Duplicating and reduplicating reality through the creation of replicas, embracing an aesthetic of accumulation and collage that is often close to kitsch, these self-enclosed parallel worlds have frequently afforded inspiration to the artistic, architectural and urbanistic practices of the twentieth century, and may even be said to have served as models for certain contemporary constructions.
This multidisciplinary exhibition will bring together more than 300 works: modern and contemporary art, architecture, films and documents drawn from numerous public and private collections. Designed as an experience both playful and educational, it will offer the first comprehensive exploration of its theme, inviting visitors to think about how the city is imagined and how this imagination finds expression in concrete projects.
World’s Fairs, contemporary theme parks, the Las Vegas of the 1950s and '60s, twenty-first-century Dubai: all these have helped bring about a profound transformation in our relation to the world, our conceptions of geography, time and history, our ideas about the original and the reproduction, about art and non-art.
The dreamlands of the leisure society have shaped the imagination, nourishing both utopian dreams and artistic productions. But they have also become realities: the pastiche, the copy, the artificial and the fictive have become facts of the environment in which real life is led, and they serve as models for understanding and planning the urban fabric and its social life, blurring the boundaries between imagination and reality.
From Salvador Dali’s Dream of Venus pavilion for the New York World’s Fair of 1939 to such manifestoes as Venturi and Brown’s Learning from Las Vegas and Rem Koolhaas’s Delirious New York (which reads Manhattan through Coney Island’s Dreamland), the sixteen sections of the exhibition will trace the history of a complex and problematic relationship.
Kazimierz Podsadecki, Fortunato Depero, Reem Al Ghaith, Thomas Power, Allan Desouza, Andrea Robbins, Max Becher, Cedric Price, Malachi Farrell, Roscoe Arbuckle, Franco Purini, Theophile Feau, Diane Arbus, Reiner Riedler, Julia Fullerton-Batten, Rogers Richard, Archigram, Luigi Ghirri, Renzo Piano, Aldo Rossi, Edward Ruscha, Olivio Barbieri, Laurent Grasso, Alberto Savinio, Berdaguer & Pejus, Andreas Gursky, Eric Schaal, Jordi Bernado, Philip Guston, Massimo Scolari, Hermine Bourgadier, Hans Hollein, Ettore Sottsass, Pierre Huyghe, Rem Koolhaas, Mircea Cantor, Maurizio Cattelan, Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, Salvador Dali, Pablo Picasso, Martin Parr, Gaetano Pesce, and more...
Image: Allan deSouza, The Goncourt Brothers stand between Caesar and the Thief of Bagdad, 2003
Courtesy: Allan deSouza and Talwar Gallery, New York / New Delhi
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Opening 5 may 2010
Place Georges Pompidou - Paris
Opening hours every day from 11am to 9pm,
except Tuesday and the 1st May
admission: 12 -9 euros