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Edgar Endress. The Celestial Emporium of Benevolent Knowledge

50 min visit

28 Nov → 11 Jan 2020
From Tue to Fri 10 am to 12:30 pm and 2 pm to 7 pm. Sat 2 pm to 7 pm. Closed Mon and Sun.

« A first in Paris, the ultra poetic work of Chilean artist Edgar Endress. To discover without fail! »

Books, cards, collages, all associated in dreamlike and poetic installations and works. Escape through words, knowledge, exploring new territories. This is the promise of the first exhibition in France by Chilean artist Edgar Endress, who presents three of his emblematic series, whose works were created for the occasion. The "Acts of Knowledge" series includes two types of works: on the one hand, books modified by the addition of pinned drawings, and on the other hand, often mural installations featuring cut-out drawings and wooden objects similar to reliquaries. "Acts of Knowledge" in turn questions the structural character of rational thinking. The title "The Celestial Emporium of Benevolent Knowledge" given to the exhibition is that of a fictional Chinese encyclopedia, described by Jose Luis Borges in a 1942 essay, proposing to arrange the animals into 14 imaginary classes. This classification evokes the arbitrariness and cultural specificity of any attempt to categorize the world. It thus anticipates the analysis made by Michel Foucault in his book "Les Mots et les Choses", in which he proposes an "archaeology" of knowledge. Another work entitled "Cartographies of extraction" consists of a series of maps renewing the interpretation and modes of exploration of the usual geography. Another installation "The Shrine of the American Dream" deals with the ideal of the "American dream", which states that everyone has the opportunity to achieve prosperity. The work is composed of different types of images that provide a critical look at this ideal. It combines two aspects of the American dream: home ownership, and the creation of an invention that makes it possible to become rich. The work invites reflection on the meaning and consequences of beliefs that set millions of people in motion.


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