Inspired in its title by the 1984 novel by George Orwell, the exhibition turns its gaze on the balance of power between the artist and the tyrant who face off through an astounding game of mirrors where Big Brother is both, he who is watching and he who is watched. Starting by the idea that 'art and dictatorship both address the same emotional vector set in the heart of every man, the first to transport one for the better, the second for the worse'. Curated by Ashok Adiceam.
Building on its success and for the third consecutive year, the town of Dinard is renewing its commitment to supporting contemporary art with the exhibition Big Brother—artists and tyrants, an exhibition on the relationship of art with power, bringing together not only the biggest names in the history of contemporary art but also new players in the artistic world.
Inspired in its title by the 1984 novel by George Orwell, Big Brother turns its gaze on the balance of power between the artist and the tyrant, who face off through an astounding game of mirrors where Big Brother is both, he who is watching and he who is watched.
The exhibition follows a path which is divided into five sections based on contemporary critical thought: the Realm of Signs, The Origins of Totalitarianism, The Rebel, The Society of the Spectacle, and last but not least, Oedipus the King... a true blaze of glory ending!
It is a journey which delves into the heart of the relationship between tyrant and artist to be discovered by bringing together thirty artists from all disciplines: Adel Abdessemed, Francis Alÿs, Brigitte Aubignac, Ziad Antar, André Butzer, Zoulikha Bouabdellah, Claire Fontaine, Nathan Coley, Mircea Cantor, Maurizio Cattelan, Johan Creten, Braco Dimitrijevic, Dmitry Gutov, Kendell Geers, Jenny Holzer, Ramin Haerizadeh, Rokni Haerizadeh,William Kentridge, Käthe Kollwitz, Barbara Kruger, Claude Lévêque, Andrei Molodkin, Fahrad Moshiri, Martial Raysse, Cindy Sherman, Wilfredo Prieto, Jaan Toomik, Joana Vasconcelos, Sislej Xhafa, Yan Pei-Ming, Zhang Huan.
The artistic stewardship of this summertime rendezvous is, once again, entrusted to Ashok Adicéam, an independent curator.
Big Brother is part of Dinard Mayor Sylvie Mallet's cultural policy, which aims at proposing exhibitions that anticipate and support contemporary issues.
By virtue of its theme and the choice of works which were selected several long months ago, Big Brother in a premonitory way fits into the scheme of today's world events and develops the broader idea that "art and dictatorship both address the same emotional vector set in the heart of every man, the first to transport one for the better, the second for the worse".
Heymann, Renoult Associées
Agnès Renoult, Eléonore Grau
+33 (0)1 44 61 76 76 / www.heymann-renoult.com
Image: Maurizio Cattelan, "A perfect day," 1999. Colour photography, plexiglas, aluminium.
Photo: Armin Linke / Courtesy, Galleria Massimo De Carlo.
Exhibition open Tuesday to Sunday 11AM–7PM
Closed on Monday
Guided Tours: Every Friday, 7PM
Closing of the ticket office 30 minutes before the closing time of the Palais des Arts
Groups: upon prior reservation on +33 (0)2 99 46 50 63
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