Gunma, Japan

L’Oeil et l’Esprit

The Museum of Modern Art, Gunma
Gunma, Japan
August 8–September 6

Taking its title from the last work of Maurice Merleau-Ponty, this selection of six contemporary French artists aims not to survey the Gallic scene but to present a few strong personalities, among them the imagist painter Carole Benzaken, video-installation artist Thierry Kuntzel, and the fictional Martin Tupper, one of the personae of the duo Yoon Ja & Paul Devautour. All previously unexhibited in Japan, they’ve been selected by Alfred Pacquement, director of the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, and Aomi Okabe, a Japanese art historian and critic. Aug. 8–Sept. 6; travels to Iwaki City Museum of Art, Oct. 10–Nov. 15; Museum of Modern Art, Wakayama, Dec. 5–Jan. 17, 1999.