Le 19 octobre à 11h
Curator : Mnam/Cci, Sophie Duplaix
19 octobre 2016 – 20 février 2017
Exhibitions: 19 October 2016 – 20 February 2017
Galerie 3
Place Georges Pompidou
75004 Paris
Jean-Luc Moulène
Galerie 3
The Centre Pompidou is giving a monographic exhibition
to the French artist Jean-Luc Moulène. Invited to design his
own retrospective, Moulène has chosen to present a “retrospective of protocols”, a programme of production for
some thirty new pieces, a manifesto for his artistic investigations. The artist is known chiefly for his work with photography, but his more recent work on objects is of fundamental importance. The use of technologies drawn from industrial design combined with a meticulous approach to materials leads to the creation of works whose precision and “rightness” are crucial to them. Basing his thinking on mathematics, and on set theory in particular, the artist explores ideas such as intersection, laterality and section in a tension between body and object. His works metaphorically interrogate shared space, the form it takes, and its interaction with personal space. Here, objects “dialogue” less with the viewer than with other objects. The vast exhibition space might perhaps be compared to an urban environment, with its buildings and cars, its bodies making their way about, bodies that have to find their place in the chaos of individual desires, social conventions and political constraints. The exhibition is a poetic act that unites art, science and technology.
Curator : Mnam/Cci, Sophie Duplaix
Le Centre Pompidou consacre une exposition monographique à l’artiste
français Jean-Luc Moulène.
Invité à concevoir une rétrospective de ses œuvres, Moulène choisit de présenter une « rétrospective de protocoles » : un programme de production d’une trentaine de nouvelles pièces, manifeste de ses recherches. L’artiste est d’abord connu pour sa pratique photographique. Son travail plus récent sur les objets occupe toutefois aujourd’hui une position centrale. Le recours à des technologies issues du design industriel associé à l’expérimentation minutieuse des matériaux permet la création d’œuvres dont la « justesse » est l’une des conditions premières. Ancrant sa réflexion dans les mathématiques, et en particulier dans la théorie des ensembles, l’artiste explore des opérations telles l’intersection, la latéralité, la coupe, dans une tension entre corps et objet. Ses œuvres questionnent métaphoriquement l’espace commun, la forme que prend cet espace, son interaction avec l’espace individuel. Ici, les objets sont « en conversation », moins avec le regardeur qu’avec les autres objets.
Le vaste plateau de l’exposition pourrait s’apparenter à un environnement urbain, avec automobiles et bâtiments, au milieu duquel circulent des corps. Des corps qui doivent trouver leur place dans le chaos des désirs individuels, des contraintes politiques et des conventions sociales.
Cette exposition est un acte poétique, dans lequel s’entremêlent art, science et technologie.



Séance, Thought and Debate
1er December 2016 | 19h00 (1h30)
Cinéma 2 – Centre Pompidou, Paris
On the occasion of the exhibition Jean-Luc Moulène,
“In Vivo” invites an artist close to him, Vincent Labaume.
A creator of sound works for advertising, manifesto actions, musicals and radio programmes, Labaume weaves an anarchic tale of generalised social transformism,
in the guise of a poetico-criminal investigation by means of polygraphy – the multiplication of writing and language.
The performance series “In Vivo” has invites artists present a piece or talk
about their work.
Curator : Mnam/Cci, Sophie Duplaix – Cristina Agostinelli
« Vincent Labaume », Jean-Luc Moulène, Paris, 1991
Jean-luc Moulène & Objet Sens Fonction,
« Bleu de costume », Paris, 2016



Visite en langue des signes – Jean-Luc Moulène
Visites adaptées
Activities for visitors with disabilities
19 November 2016, at 14h30 (1h30)
Galerie 3 – Centre Pompidou, Paris
Sign-language visit
The lecturer, who is deaf, uses French sign language to enable a visual-gestural discovery of art history, movements and artists.
Organiser : Direction des publics


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Artist’s talk with Jean-Luc Moulène

Giving the stage to the exhibitions
Thought and Debate
26 October 2016, at 19h00 (1h30)
Jean-Luc Moulène in conversation with Jean-Pierre Criqui.
Organiser : DDC / Paroles, J-P. Criqui
Cinéma 1 – Centre Pompidou, Paris
The Centre Pompidou has given Jean-Luc Moulène a first monographic exhibition, for which he has proposed a “retrospective of protocols”. While he first gained a name for
his photographic work, Moulène’s exhibition embodies a programme that testifies to his current concerns. The use of technologies drawn from industrial design in the conception
and fabrication of his works allows him a more precise approach, better suited to his constant concern to “objectivate”.




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