Raymond Hains et al.

Folklore (group show)
Centre Pompidou-Metz, Metz
21 March – 4 October 2020

Installation view: Centre Pompidou-Metz, Metz, 2020. © Jacqueline Trichard
Installation view: Centre Pompidou-Metz, Metz, 2020. © Jacqueline Trichard

Associated with tradition, and therefore in appearance opposed to the notion of avant-garde, the world of folklore, subject to multiple controversies, infiltrates in different ways large areas of modernity and of contemporary creation. Far from the clichés of being backward-looking and artificial, artists have been able to find in it a source of inspiration, a regenerative power; as well as an object of critical analysis or of contention.

From the early stages of modern art to the most current art, this exhibition, conceived by the Centre Pompidou-Metz, in collaboration with the Mucem (Museum of European and Mediterranean Civilisations), recounts the relationships, sometimes ambiguous, that artists nurture with folklore, from the formal borrowing to the imitation of a method, from fascination, to critical irony. Concentrating essentially on one definition and a European history of the term, the Folklore exhibition also offers an encounter between the history of art and the history of human sciences, because it unveils simultaneously the invention and the progressive institutionalisation of a discipline, notably thanks to the resources of the Mucem, the heir to the National Museum of Popular Arts and Traditions.

The exhibition Folklore was conceived and organized by Centre Pompidou-Metz in partnership with the Mucem, Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée. It will be presented in the institution in Marseille from October 21st, 2020 to February 22nd, 2021.

Centre Pompidou-Metz