MRAC

"The South Ways, A Theory of the Minor"

Exhibition
from June 23rd to November 3rd 2019

For the past several years, Emmanuelle Luciani & Charlotte Cosson, the two curators of The South Ways, A Theory of the Minor [Les Chemins du Sud, une théorie du mineur], have been forging a creative community to produce works and exhibitions: Southway studio. In concert with selected artists, they are developing a theory of “ornament as care” that accentuates the importance of the decorative and the handmade in an era that tends to focus on the functional and the utilitarian. In this spirit, the works that compose the South Ways exhibit are never presented alone. A tangible sense of collaboration and mutual assistance is conjured through the exhibition’s configuration, which has been envisioned as a work of art in itself. Collective pieces or works with double signatures are sown throughout the rooms as the fluid exchange between curator and creation and between theory and practice is manifested in varied geometries that have been shaped by four, six, eight, or ten hands.

The South Ways, A Theory of the Minor offers a stroll through a period of art history that spans from the 19th century to our time. The works on display were created outside the leading European and American capitals, in a south that is often evoked through metaphor. This south is a place that has side-stepped the industrialization and progress that have marked modern times. The creations produced in this context are made in an artisanal fashion, emphasizing decoration and simple materials with the aim of bringing art to all social categories.

These artists embody a type of resistance to the distinctions between the so-called major and minor arts, between the painter and the decorator, between the artist and the artisan.

The exhibition retraces four distinct chapters in a story that began in the 19th century: the Marseille School as represented by Théodore Jourdan and Adolphe Monticelli; the movement at the turn of the 20th century that included William Morris, Odilon Redon, Gustave Fayet, Raoul Dufy, André Derain, Louis Valtat, Richard Burghstal, and Manolo; artists such as Betty Woodman, Robert Kushner, and Joyce Kozloff who embraced the so-called minor arts as part of the Pattern and Decoration movement in the 1970s; and the contemporary artists who continue to produce works in this decorative vein.

New collection display

Lubaina Himid, 2016.

Exhibition

From May 28th 2019
Until June 2020

Curator: Sandra Patron

Wilfrid Almendra, Christian Bonnefoi, Daniel Buren, Io Burgard, Isabelle Cornaro, Robert Crumb, Nick Devereux, Daniel Dezeuze, Mimosa Echard, Dominique Figarella, John Giorno, Lubaina Himid, Fabrice Hyber, Alison Knowles, Jan Kopp, Bertrand Lavier, Philippe Mayaux, Jean Messagier, Joan Mitchell, Nicolas Momein, François Morellet, Olivier Mosset, Côme Mosta-Heirt, Raymond Pettibon, Bernard Rancillac, Simon Starling, Roland Topor, Gérard Traquandi, Claude Viallat.

Therefore, if you were not able to visit the exhibitions presented at the museum in 2018, you will be pleased to discover among the new acquisitions: the work of Turner Prize-winner Lubaina Himid; the film photography of Simon Starling; the blend of abstract and figurative in Banc de la fortune by Io Burgard; and the film Subterranean by Isabelle Cornaro, whose work draws on cinematographic references.
Among the new acquisitions are the visually imposing sculptures of Nick Devereux and the flat-cast sculptures of Nicolas Momein.
This new display presents artists from different disciplines, works from the Cnap depot as well as the Mrac collection. The selection aims to create an intelligent dialogue with recent acquisitions presented.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION

OPENING TIMES

Open:
July and August: from Tuesday to Friday: 11am-7pm
Weekends: 1pm-7pm
From September to June, from Tuesday to Friday 10am-6pm and weekends 1pm-6pm.
Closed on public holidays

ENTRY FEES

5 € normal
3 € concessions
Concessions: Students, groups of more than 10, members of the “Maison des Artistes”, senior citizens( over 65).
Free access: art and architecture students, young people under 18 years old, journalists, job seekers, recipients of Minimas Sociaux (French state benefits), those receiving basic social security allocations or adult disability allowances, members of ICOM and ICOMOS
Annual season ticket: 20€ per year

Payments accepted: Cash, credit cards and cheques

ACCESS

MUSÉE RÉGIONAL D'ART CONTEMPORAIN
OCCITANIE / PYRENEES-MEDITERRANEE
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museedartcontemporain@laregion.fr


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MUSEUM

Situated at the heart of Occitanie / Pyrénées-Méditerranée in the town of Sérignan, close to the Mediterranean Sea, the regional Museum of contemporary art is a must-see cultural and tourist attraction. There are temporary exhibitions and permanent collections amply accommodated in some 2,700 m² of floor space. The different areas of the museum offer visitors the chance to see a rich and varied range of exhibits in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Facilities include an exhibition room of graphic arts, exhibition areas, a video room, a reading room, a gift and bookshop. Activities are also organised throughout the year for different groups of people.

COLLECTION

The exhibition collection at the regional Museum of contemporary art of Occitanie / Pyrénées-Méditerranée comprises paintings, photographic images, sculptures and installations which offer visitors an insight into the most creative period for contemporary art during the 1960’s. Several extensive collections of work emphasise certain periods in the history of art such as Abstract Landscapes, Supports/Surfaces, Figurative and Narrative Art, Conceptual art, and the present day artistic scene. Once a year, the museum refreshes its exhibitions to highlight its latest acquisitions and offer new layouts to visitors.

BUILDING

The museum is housed in an old winery and was inaugurated in September 2006. One area on the ground floor is dedicated to experimental works while upstairs, generously spacious exhibition rooms are bathed in natural light. There is a graphic art exhibition which is almost a museum in itself, presenting a collection of paper-based work in a softly-lit environment.
Throughout the museum, the artist, Daniel Buren, has placed coloured panels in all the windows as part of his work entitled “Rotation”. This creates visual effects both inside and outside the building. There is also, “Les Femmes fatales”, a large ceramic fresco created by Erró which is exposed on the external walls of the museum.
The bookshop stocks a large range of monographies, exhibition catalogues, books published by artists, first editions, theoretical essays as well as a range of DVD’s on contemporary art and design and architecture or on the work of specific artists. There is also a children’s area containing a unique selection of children’s books and educational games.

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