“Make it New.” at the BNF
#PARIS “Make it New”, or the story of an encounter, the conjunction of two personalities, an artist Jan Dibbets and a figure of the Carolingian renaissance, Raban Maur.
The BNF presents this strange duo until February 10 in Gallery 1. When Jan Dibbets discovered the author of the Middle Ages at the BNF, he had the idea of imagining a dialogue in the form of an exhibition, between medieval manuscripts by Raban Maur and contemporary artists from the last decades of the 20th century.
A Benedictine monk, born around 780, Raban Maur is nicknamed “the Tutor of Germania”. He is considered a great intellectual, a specialist in the visual arts and one of the main architects of the Carolingian renaissance. As for the contemporary artists (Jan Dibbets, Donald Judd or François Morellet…) gathered in this scenography, are all directly or indirectly associated with the renewal of contemporary art, they seek “the zero degree of creation” synonymous with an economy of means, a rejection of all forms of subjectivity and also a questioning of the author’s status.
The scenography that we discover at first sight is refined. The large showroom with its parquet floor and adjusted lighting instantly illuminates this introduction between historical dimension and contemporary modernity. “Richard Long’s “Les 278 pierres” in the middle of the room and François Morellet’s “les doubles rames noires 0° 45°”, enter into resilience with the enlargements of “La louange à la sainte croix (emblematic figures of a non-figurative art form) ñ as if stone, wood or paper, the material of creation, are structured around this cross, as if religion were a sign ñ that the artist unconsciously projects. The link is clear, impressive in this vast and unique room where you can feel the warmth and cold of a monastery and stay for a while to contemplate this conversation where Jan Dibbets’ work “Blue Vertical” echoes the Royal Blue.
Make it New.
From November 6 to February 10, 2019
BNF, François Mitterrand website
Quai François Mauriac
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