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Ed & Nancy Kienholz

45 min visit

Galerie Templon - Grenier Saint Lazare
5 Sep → 31 Oct 2020
From Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 7 pm. Closed Sunday & Monday.

« Not for the fainthearted ! »

The historic duo Kienholz is the subject of an admirable exhibition at the Templon Gallery. As a couple since 1943, Ed and Nancy have collaborated artistically and intellectually. Pioneers of installation art, these Americans have shaped committed works that make all the more sense today. Twenty-six years after Edward's death and one year after Nancy's death, their works are truly recognized and appreciated. For a long time, the couple was on the fringe of the other artistic movements of the time, their art being disconcerting. It is true that at first glance their life-size installations leave us perplexed. Between repulsion and fascination, we don't know what to really think about it! In reality, it is the subjects of his installations that are disturbing: racism, sexism, institutional violence, religious hypocrisy, violence towards children... His unpublished works denounce American society, excessive consumerism and so-called country of freedom. It is a very particular visual experience that shocks or amuses depending on the characters. Feel free to meditate on the meaning of these installations!


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