The L’Homme gris exhibition explores non-archetypal representations of the Devil in contemporary art. Far from disappearing, his image has simply mutated, showing again his fascinating ability to adapt which has allowed him to pass through art history – and mankind – unabated. While the way in which he slips away, transforms, infiltrates allows him to claim an all-the-more dangerous, powerful, or liberating position, it offers artists two possible paths to explore. Their choice sways between the empty shell, the costume to don, the pure image, and an elusive and constant metamorphosis.
This exciting alternative evokes, or perhaps, invokes, reflective illusions or the use of anonymity as strategic weapons; reveals the evil internalisation in man, and his unbearable banality; questions the boundaries between the visible and the invisible, disguise and mass; and aspires to rekindle a dark flamboyance. Creation leans, therefore, to span philosophical, economic, political, aesthetic, and moral fields.
This banner casts a shadow: the one in capital letters by C. G. Jung, the one left by the worrying flight of the fallen angel, the one hiding the light and plunging the world into a morose, impassive grey, a shroud; the one, in particular, which Peter Schlemihl sold to ‘the grey man’, and which allows him, the hapless outcast, to understand and admire – a real parable of art – the wonders of this world.
Artists Alex Bag, Darja Bajagić, Bianca Bondi, Christine Borland, Gast Bouschet, Christoph Büchel, Sarah Charlesworth, Jan Fabre, John Urho Kemp, Ragnar Kjartansson, Julien Langendorff, Elodie Lesourd, Tony Oursler, Andres Serrano, Sindre Foss Skancke, David Tibet, Iris Van Dongen, Gisèle Vienne, Marine Weber, Jérôme Zonder.
Curator Benjamin Biancotto
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