The other common point is the attention paid to human beings, even though there aren’t that many human bodies to be seen.
There are some memorable human figures, such as Grand Théâtre by David Altmejd. This monumental sculpture combining Baroque and Surrealist elements in equal parts uses mixed media to make a portrait gallery set in the cavities of an erect human body. Altmejd unfolds a fantasy mythology that allows us to link him with artists like Jannis Kounellis, a Greek who lived in
For FIAC visitors, who don’t necessarily go to the Petit Palais, this is an opportunity to experience the connection between contemporary art and art of the past. There is much food for thought to be had regarding the complex definition of contemporariness by comparing classical art, which is well known, with work that is still in the long process of becoming known. We have to think about both the present and the past. This show is a kind of time machine. We’ll see if the general public wants to take the ride.
Translation, L-S Torgoff