“Make it New.” at the BNF

2 doubles trames noires 0° 45° - 3 doubles trames blanches 30° 60° 75° François Morellet Peinture sérigraphique sur bois, 1970 © Adagp, Paris, 2018 Photo : archives Kamel Mennour/Courtesy of Studio Morellet and Kamel Mennour, Paris/London/ Collection privée

Raban Maur Louange à la sainte croix, vers 847 Latin 2422 BnF, dpt. des Manuscrits

Blue Vertical, New Colorstudy Jan Dibbets Photographies, C-print sur Dibond, 1976-2012 Collection Jan Dibbets, Amsterdam © Adagp, Paris, 2018

Carré, 1972 Ad Dekkers collection particulière, Amsterdam

Untitled, 1970 Sol LeWitt © Adagp, Paris, 2018 avec la permission de la collection MJS, Paris

Cornwall Slate Line, 1981 Richard Long © Adagp, Paris 2018 Photo I.S.O. avec la permission du CAPC de Bordeaux

Raban Maur Louange à la sainte croix, vers 847 Latin 2422 BnF, dpt. des Manuscrits

Raban Maur Louange à la sainte croix, vers 847 Latin 2422 BnF, dpt. des Manuscrits

Ort im Feld crayon et aquarelle sur papier, 1967 Franz Erhard Walther © Adagp, Paris, 2018 photo : Courtesy of Franz Erhard Walther Foundation

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2 doubles trames noires 0° 45° - 3 doubles trames blanches 30° 60° 75° François Morellet Peinture sérigraphique sur bois, 1970 © Adagp, Paris, 2018 Photo : archives Kamel Mennour/Courtesy of Studio Morellet and Kamel Mennour, Paris/London/ Collection privée
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Raban Maur Louange à la sainte croix, vers 847 Latin 2422 BnF, dpt. des Manuscrits
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Blue Vertical, New Colorstudy Jan Dibbets Photographies, C-print sur Dibond, 1976-2012 Collection Jan Dibbets, Amsterdam © Adagp, Paris, 2018
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Carré, 1972 Ad Dekkers collection particulière, Amsterdam
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Untitled, 1970 Sol LeWitt © Adagp, Paris, 2018 avec la permission de la collection MJS, Paris
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Cornwall Slate Line, 1981 Richard Long © Adagp, Paris 2018 Photo I.S.O. avec la permission du CAPC de Bordeaux
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Raban Maur Louange à la sainte croix, vers 847 Latin 2422 BnF, dpt. des Manuscrits
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Raban Maur Louange à la sainte croix, vers 847 Latin 2422 BnF, dpt. des Manuscrits
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Ort im Feld crayon et aquarelle sur papier, 1967 Franz Erhard Walther © Adagp, Paris, 2018 photo : Courtesy of Franz Erhard Walther Foundation

#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

75706 Paris

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