16 mai 2012

A serious migraine. It’s the risk you take in going to see this nevertheless terrific retrospective on “kinetic” art, expressed using neon lights or movement. Covering a century of abstract art, playful to say the least, as you discover over the course of the galleries and the incredible work by the curator Serge Lemoine; from Calder to Joseph Alberts, Anish Kapoor to Xavier Veilhan, Fraçois Morellet to Victor Vasarely and Julio Le Parc, so many abundantly creative artists who put the viewer’s perception at the heart of their work with the idea of participation, like stepping into a cage of blue plastic cords or a labyrinth where everything is tactile. At 3,700 square meters, the entire Grand Palais is given over to 150 artists, beginning in the garden with a fog sculpture by Fujiko Nakaya hovering over the fountain in front of the main staircase.

Like an acid trip
“The human eye is our starting point” stated the GRAV group, while for Jean Tinguely, “the only stable thing is movement, everywhere and always”; there you have what soon becomes evident with interactive works which sound when you touch them, mirrors or forms which change when you move. Sparkling, spinning, shining, flashing, it feels like an acid trip! Fortunately large black sofas throughout the exhibition allow you to pull yourself together… And make your way to the last galleries, which are much more sober, with work by the “pioneers” – Delaunay, Kupka, Duchamp, Richter, Calder and Rodtchenko seem much more staid in comparison… Worth noting, for the first time, an app has been created with Orange to access free information on certain works, post comments on the Grand Palais website and on social networks. Interactive art is born!
Dynamo at the Grand Palais,until 22 July 2013 –more information on the site

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