View of the exhibition Un art populaire, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, 2001. © Wim Delvoye © Liza Lou. Picture © Patrick Gries.
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Exhibition overview

With over than 130 works by 37 artists from Europe, Africa, Asia, North and Latin America, either shown here for the first time or specifically commissioned for the exhibition, Un art populaire offers a perspective on art today. Bringing to light the modernity of this field of creative activity, the show underlines the way in which popular art seeps into contemporary art and how the latter in turn mirrors the former.

Artists and contributors of the exhibition:
  • Jean-Michel Alberola,
  • Mike Kelley,
  • Tim Hawkinson,
  • Gérard Deschamps,
  • Chris Burden,
  • Caboclo Zé,
  • Riccardo Dalisi,
  • Claude Closky,
  • Marcos Cardoso,
  • Luo Brothers,
  • Bome,
  • Arthur Bispo do Rosario,
  • Ana do Baú,
  • Robert Arneson,
  • Wim Delvoye,
  • Manuel Eudócio,
  • Luiz Antônio,
  • Cheik Ledy,
  • Liza Lou,
  • Roxanne Swentzell,
  • Robert Stadler,
  • Holly Romero Diego,
  • John Penor,
  • Artavazd Pelechian,
  • Virgil Ortiz,
  • Antônio de Oliveira

The exhibition in detail

Un art populaire was born through a series of encounters. There was, first of all, an encounter with the popular art of Brazil. The discovery of its depth, its diversity, and its modernity is, in fact, the origin of this project. Then there was also the encounter with artists from the pueblos near Santa Fe in New Mexico. These singular personalities have succeeded in developing a unique and original oeuvre within a traditional context, where the presence of popular art is still very strong. 

Finally, there was the encounter with the contemporary artists whose works offer a reflection on popular art. They appropriate the forms and underscore the exchanges that take place—and have taken place throughout history—between popular art and, so-called, “educated” art.

Image gallery

View of the exhibition Un art populaire, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, 2001.


© Liza Lou

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© Patrick Gries

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View of the exhibition Un art populaire, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, Paris, 2001.


Picture

© Patrick Gries

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