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HAPPENINGText: Vincent Vella

Some other artworks are also very strong, even if they are perfectly included in this artistic mess. For example, Jeff Koons stainless steel version of a Mylar balloon “Moon” (1994-2000) reflecting a series of posters produced by M/M (in collaboration with Dutch fashion photographers, Inez van Lamsveerde and Vinoodh Matadin) and a carpet by Philippe Parreno and Pierre Huyghe.

Jeff Koons, Wrecking Ball and Moon (Silver), 1994-2000 © Jeff Koons

But more than others, one room testify to a true symbiosis between the artwork and the theatric scenography of M/M: the one with Nari Ward’s installation named Amazing Grace (1993), a post-apocalyptic cluster of old strollers.

Amazing Grace by Nari Ward, 1993

As you walk around the room, a tape of the spiritual “Amazing Grace” sung by Mahalia Jackson creates a poignant, reverent atmosphere. The emotional reaction is intense, as always with this artist who’s used to transform some debris of everyday life into compelling statements about human experience. With Translation, M/M have decided to combine some artworks into compelling statements about creative experience.

Dakis Joannou collection “Translation”
Date: June 23rd – September 18th , 2005
Place: Palais de Tokyo
Address: 13 avenue du President Wilson, F-75116 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 4723 5401

Text: Vincent Vella
Photos: Vincent Vella

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