“MICHAEL JACKSON: ON THE WALL” at the Grand Palais
#PARIS Until 14 February 2019, the Grand Palais is presenting an exhibition dedicated to the King of Pop, Michael Jackson
There is no need here to look for his moccasins, his white glove or his mythical red jacket. The exhibition, here, is more interested in the iconography produced by contemporary artists who have appropriated the personality and image of the “King of Pop”
Michael Jackson has been and still is one of the leading cultural figures in the fields of music, dance, video clips and fashion.
From Warhol to LaChapelle and Keith Haring for the most famous artists, we travel to the heart of the works, to the heart of this “impact”, this effect that MJ’s personality had on contemporary art
The space is planned in 8 distinct parts: They detail the different talents or stages that have marked life and that evoke Michael’s personality (A legendary dancer, the advent of the king of pop, a citizen of the world… until Hors du temps)
The works, whether photos, paintings or videos, integrate us into a “gallery” universe. They are sometimes sharp but also not lacking in humour (as with Candice Breitz’s play, a video installation, composed of sixteen screens that brings together a group of fans recreating the thriller album or Jérôme Bel’s Moonwalk video)
The scenography is very condensed and the light, a little too light, is sucked up by a dark carpet.
The chronological construction of the exhibition literally sublimates the representation of the sacred that Michael Jackson’s figure evokes.
The difficulty of this exhibition, and undoubtedly its pitfall, is the marriage of a museum concept that aims to reach two distinct audiences with very different expectations. The first one is more informed and aware of contemporary art than the second
The general public, certainly curious about the star’s path of representation and his cultural and social effects, comes to seek an anchor, one that seals his personal memories and inevitably links him to the one known as “Bambi”.
November 2018 – 14 February 2019
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