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Ecce Homo Ludens

Musee Regional d'Art Contemporain Languedoc-Roussillon, Serignan

Group show on games in contemporary art

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Ecce Homo Ludens, le jeu comme art et comme mode de vie - Group show on games in contemporary art

With the works of Michel Aubry, Richard Baquié, Ben, Samuel-Olivier Beorchia, Stéphane Bérard, Alighiero & Boetti, George Brecht, Marcel Broodthaers, Chris Burden, Alex Chan, Arthur Cravan, Peter Downsbrough, Marcel Duchamp, Jean Dupuy, Florian Faelbel, Sylvie Fanchon, Richard Fauguet, Robert Filliou, la bibliothèque de Michel Giroud, Raymond Hains, Joël Hubaut, Internationale Situationniste, Liu Jianhua, Allan Kaprow, Garry Kasparov, Roman de Kolta, Arnaud Labelle-Rojoux, Frédéric Lecomte, Pascal Le Coq, George Maciunas, Man Ray, Christophe Masseron, Philippe Mayaux, Guy Mees, Thierry Mouillé, Vik Muniz, Gabriel Orozco, Bruno Peinado, Présence Panchounette, Clotilde Potron, Yves Reynier, Jean-Claude Ruggirello, Takako Saïto, Stéphane Sautour, Axel Straschnoy, Taroop & Glabel, Pierre Tilman, Narcisse Tordoir, Patrick van Caeckenbergh, Sarah Venturi, Andy Warhol, Robert Watts, John Wood & Paul Harrison...

Curators: Hélène Audiffren, Cyril Jarton

Giacomo Casanova incarnates better than anyone else the figure of the player, in every sense. Hailing from a family of actors, in a city, Venice, where people wear masks not just for carnival nights, he was a a player of violins and cards, a betting man and a cheat. In 1757, with the agreement of the mathematician d'Alembert, he set up the Royal Lottery which would become our national lottery. As a philosopher, knight, magician and soothsayer, capable of predicting the future and acting any part, Casanova did not play—or gamble—as a form of leisure: for him this was a way of being, a philosophy.

The show's title, Ecce Homo Ludens is to be taken on two levels. First and foremost it can be translated by "Here's the man who plays", i.e. Casanova whose memory is present in the exhibition through a set of 18 th century games: Italian tarot, dice, lottery tickets... But at the same time the exhibition conjures up the “humain-joueur", the ―playing human" in a broader sense, extending and developing this playful spirit right down to the present day and age. Despite the bourgeois morality which condemned gambling in the 19th century, one or two exceptions caused a stir, such as the gay science' of Nietzsche, whose autobiography was titled Ecce Homo; on another level—derision and mockery—we find the caustic wit of Alphonse Allais and the Incohérents, which become more radical during the First World War with Dada, then throughout the 20th century, with Surrealism, the Situationist International, and Fluxus.

The exhibition develops around the six facets of the player: the mask beneath which he undertakes all roles and sidesteps political and social controls; the chance which he provokes through dice, and the lottery...; the challenge whereby he tries at all costs to win the game, even if only for some ridiculous trophy; vertigo, his giddy way of experiencing goings-on; wit; and a keen feeling for the fleetingness of things.

Nocturnes du MRAC, Thursdays 15, 22, 29 July and Thursdays 5, 12, 19 August, 7 pm
Musée Régional d’Art Contemporain Languedoc-Roussillon, Sérignan
Cycle of video projections for the nocturnes du MRAC: Thomas Bernardet, Alex Chan, Marie Denis, Matthieu Laurette, Alexandre Périgot, Alain Séchas, Uri Tzaïg
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Saturday 18 September, 3 pm: visit to the show with the two curators, Hélène Audiffren, director, and Cyril Jarton, historian and art critic, and in the presence of the artist Thierry Mouillé. Intervention by the artist Cédric Torne on 18 and 19 September as part of the Journées du Patrimoine/Heritage Days.

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Musée Régional d’Art Contemporain Languedoc-Roussillon
146 avenue de la Plage - BP 4 - 34410 Sérignan
Open from 19 June to 24 October, Tues to Fri from 10 am to 6 pm, weekends from 1-6 pm / closed on Mondays and holidays Museum with the ―tourism and handicap label: all areas with complete wheelchair accessibility for the physically and mentallyhandicapped

Four exhibitions
dal 26/6/2015 al 29/8/2015

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