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Julio Le Parc… plus que quelques jours!

L’art de Julio Le Parc n’est pas de celui que l’on a envi d’enfermer dans un musée. C’est un véritable travail de lumière, de réflexion de celle-ci à travers des jeux subtiles d’orientation de miroir, de surfaces brillantes, d’inox, de mécanismes, le tout mis en oeuvre pour nous emmener dans un univers de poésie où les reflets transforment les murs en tableaux vivants, mouvants.

Extrait de la fiche de présentation de Julio Le Parc actuellement au Palais de Tokyo.

A visionary and engaged artist

A precursor of kinetic art and Op Art, founding member of G.R.A.V. [Visual Art Research Group] and recipient of the Grand Prize for Painting at the 33rd Venice Biennale in 1966, Julio Le Parc (b. 1928 in Argentina, lives and works in Cachan) is a major figure of art history. The socially conscious artist was expelled from France in May 1968, after participating in the Atelier Populaire and its protests against major institutions. A defender of human rights, he fought against dictatorship in Latin America. An uncompromising personality, in 1972 he refused to hold a retrospective exhibition at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, after flipping a coin to make the decision.

 An influential figure for the young generation

Julio Le Parc’s examinations of the visual spectrum, of movement, light, and of the relationship between the work and the spectator, remain highly relevant today. The visitor’s physical involvement and visual disturbance, as well as the reduction or expansion of shapes, are foremost concerns for the many artists who continue to build today on Le Parc’s research. The exhibition illustrates the extent to which the work of this artist, still young at 84 years of age, remains current, to convey his spirit of investigation and experimentation, and to allow the public to discover, or rediscover, his generous, playful and visionary work.

The artist’s first large-scale monographic exhibition in France

This important monographic exhibition of Le Parc’s work, including large-scale installations in the Palais de Toyko’s entrance hall, features a selection of landmark works ranging from the 1950s to today. Certain of them are adaptations, scaled to their environment, of historical works, thereby endowed with a new life. The exhibition also presents the opportunity to move beyond the seductive appearance of Julio Le Parc’s work, in order to confront his more political, even utopic, works. The layout of the exhibition plays on the contrast between dark and bright areas, with certain works floating in space: a sensory experience combining light, energy and movement.

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