Loris Gréaud

The Original, The Translation (solo show)
Bibliothèque Kandinsky I Centre Pompidou
From 2 October 2019

With the participation of Didier Schulmann, Aurélien Bernard et Mica Gherghescu.

The invitation addressed to Loris Gréaud by Bibliothèque Kandinsky follows a long standing collaboration and mutual dialogue with its documentary collections. The Bibliothèque Kandinsky holds and preserves Loris Gréaud’s lasting production of publications and artist books in their entirety, whilst the artist is committed to donate systematically to the Library one copy of his future editorial venture. One of the first donations to be integrated in the collections goes back to The Unplayed Notes exhibition, held at Yvon Lambert Gallery in 2012.

For the present occasion, Loris Gréaud has conceived a modular, progressive and evolving structure which will invest the public reading space of Bibliothèque Kandinsky and will allow visitors and readers alike to discover the global scope of his publishing activity, his research, artist books, and limited editions.

The specific structure finds an accurate balance between exhibition space, reading site as well as storage stacks, giving the rare opportunity to interact with fragile objects and archival material. The structure will be consistently re- activated in different display situations imagined by the Gréaudstudio Editions.

The installation is bound to evolve and develop according to future objects that will be added to the ensemble, giving the possibility of a new and ever-changing display given different site specificities and moment of exhibiting, including the permanent collections. Inspired by Edouard Glissant’s archipelago metaphor, the artist’s intervention will traverse Centre Pompidou’s architecture and will be rhythmed by the constant flow and feed of books.

The Original, The Translation


Loris Gréaud

Glorius Read (solo show)
Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris, Paris
11 October 2019 – 9 February 2020

Installation view: Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris, 2019. Photo credit: Realism Noir  © Loris Gréaud, Gréaudstudio, Galerie Max Hetzler Berlin I Paris I London, Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris.
Installation view: Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris, 2019. Photo credit: Realism Noir © Loris Gréaud, Gréaudstudio, Galerie Max Hetzler Berlin I Paris I London, Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris.

Since 11 October last, when the Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris opened its doors once again, the public has had the opportunity to explore Glorius Read, an installation by Loris Gréaud.

Designed as a clandestine attempt to infiltrate the museum’s permanent collections, this installation—which constitutes an exhibition in its own right, has burrowed into the walls of the institution like a hidden chamber whose secret haunts the entire site.

For the last month, a rumour has rustled through the building: a group of individuals with black eyes lurks along the walls, wanders from gallery to gallery, passes through temporary exhibitions and provides an intimation that a mysterious place exists.

The public possesses a single piece of information—a telephone number for an ‘infoline’ reachable at +33756815474. This recalls methods used by the organisers of illicit parties in the 1990s to provide piecemeal and at the last possible moment the information necessary to accede to a ‘temporary autonomous zone’. And thus, after many thousands of callers and clues, the curtain lifts over Glorius Read.

Following in the footsteps of Ladi Rogeurs and Sir Loudrage, exhibitions presented first in Paris, then in Berlin at the Galerie Max Hetzler during 2018, Glorius Read continues the artist’s avenue of exploration. After the sketch and the still-life, we have a three-dimensional interpretation of landscape as a theme. The public is invited to push back the walls of the museum as they would open a door to feel in full an experience of stasis and contemplation.

The Glorius Read exhibition comes on the heels of the acquisition of MACHINE (2018), one of four works that are part of the installation, by the Amis du Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris. It is part of a programme for inviting an artist to conduct a project in the collection’s galleries that is based on a work of theirs which has recently entered the collection.

The catalogue, entitled Ladi Rogeurs | Sir Loudrage | Glorius Read was published for this occasion by Holzwarth Publications. The volume covers the earlier incarnations of the installation at the Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris.

Loris Gréaud et al.

Marcel Duchamp: The Barbara and Aaron Levine Collection (group show)
Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.
9 November 2019 – 15 October 2020

Loris Gréaud,
Loris Gréaud, "Epitaphe", 2008. Photo credit: Gréaudstudio. © Loris Gréaud, Collection François Pinault, Collection Barbara and Aaron Levine / Hirshhorn Museum.

The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden has announced a two-part exhibition on the life and legacy of Marcel Duchamp, commencing with “Marcel Duchamp: The Barbara and Aaron Levine Collection,” on view 9 November – 15 October 2020. This first part of the exhibition will feature the recent gift of over 50 major historical artworks, including more than 35 seminal works by Duchamp, promised to the museum by Washington, D.C., collectors Barbara and Aaron Levine. The second stage of the exhibition, on view 18 April – 15 October 2020, will examine Duchamp’s lasting impact through the lens of the Hirshhorn’s permanent collection, including significant works by a diverse roster of modern and contemporary artists. Both exhibitions are organized by Evelyn Hankins, the Hirshhorn’s senior curator, and accompanied by a 224-page publication.

“Marcel Duchamp: The Barbara and Aaron Levine Collection” comprises an unparalleled selection of artworks, thoughtfully acquired over the course of two decades and offering a rarely seen view of the entire arc of Duchamp’s career. The second exhibition focuses on the extraordinary legacy of Duchamp by examining works from the Hirshhorn’s permanent collection that touch upon a number of broad themes pivotal to the artist’s practice. Work by Loris Gréaud is included.

Hirshhorn Museum