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Contemporary art

Dennis Oppenheim

50 min visit

Galerie Mitterand
29 May → 1 Aug 2020
From Tuesday to Saturday, from 11pm to 7pm. Closed Sunday and Monday

« One of the pioneers of "Earth art", with a work that is as conceptual as it is social and political!  »

It's a first for the Mitterrand gallery! With the succession of Dennis Oppenheim (1938 - 2011), it offers the first retrospective of the American artist in France. The selection of works created between 1973 and 2008 introduces to the variety of his work, from Land Art to Body Art, from sculpture to video, through installation and photography. A pioneer of Earth art, Oppenheim creates works in situ by integrating the particularities of the landscape, with an important social and political dimension, as in the Architectural Cactus series of sculptures. Reminiscent of both a cactus and a footprint, installed in a desert opposite a police station, made of materials from legal medical sites, it refers metaphorically to investigations. To the point of exhaustion, Oppenheim declined his works: drawings in Hair Pieces from Hell where he plays with the mediums, models in Exposed Kidney Pool to explore the technical aspect, photographs in Whirlpool-Eye of the Storm which extends the monumental desert installation El Mirage (California). These works are genuine creative processes, making projects that are above all inscribed in a specific space sustainable and accessible. A rich and important work, to be discovered!


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