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Collective series: Focus Bruno Munari

As the first part of a series of exhibitions devised by Elodie Royer and Yoann Gourmel, guest curators for the 2011-2012 season, the collective exhibition The Feeling of Things takes as its point of departure the work and spirit of the inventor, artist, designer, writer, illustrator, graphic designer and teacher, Bruno Munari, “a Peter Pan with the calibre of a Leonardo”, to borrow Pierre Restany’s words. By shifting and developing, in everyday life, his continuous research into the circulation and instability of forms, signs, colors, light, words, and images, he never ceased to combine imag... [more]
Posted by Abhilasha Singh on 1/29/12
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Architecture for Poltergeists

by E-Slant Team
        Frac Ile-de-France/Le Plateau is pleased to be presenting Ulla von Brandenburg's first solo exhibition in a French art institution. This is the opportunity for the young German artist to make use of the Le Plateau interior for a new project covering the many facets of her work.    Von Brandenburg's 16mm films, drawings, wall-paintings, sculptures and performances add up to a singular oeuvre turning on the issues of representation - of illusion, even - which, using an aesthetic drawing directly on a certain lighthearted late-19th century combination of black magic, spiritualism and p... [more]
Posted by E-Slant Team on 4/12/09
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Kitschy and Skewed: a Collection of Educational Films

by Natalie Hegert
If possible, time your visit to FRAC to coincide with one of the screenings of Ricardo Valentim's Film Festival 3, showings at 3pm, and 5 or 6pm.  The Film Festival consists of an impressive collection of educational films made between 1950 and 1990, all on 16mm, the kind of films shown in classrooms, kitschy in their antiquity and their (in retrospect) skewed world view.  On my visit I caught the screening of Primitive Men in a Modern World, a film made in 1969 by the Moody Institute of Science, exploring the art and architectural achievements of ancient civilizations.  The film ended with a... [more]
Posted by Natalie Hegert on 1/5/09
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Mysteries and Crime Scenes

by Natalie Hegert
The exhibition Notorious at FRAC - le Plateau presents the acquisitions the institution has made over the last two years, but you wouldn't know it just by looking around.  It has the feel of an immaculately curated group show, harmoniously grouped together under the title.  A couple works stand out as not quite fitting the theme, but for the most part I was swept into the gallery by the allure of mystery and concealed identity, espionage and subterfuge, as promised by the Hitchcockian title.  Keren Cytter's video Nightmare begins the exhibition, setting a tone of violence and mystery.  In it we... [more]
Posted by Natalie Hegert on 1/5/09