Art and Utopia: Action Restricted

Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona (MACBA)
Plaça dels Angels, 1
June 2–September 12, 2004

Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes

January 1–January 2, 2005

Curated by Jean-François Chevrier

“The hidden meaning stirs, and lays out a choir of pages,” Mallarmé writes of literature in the 1895 essay from which this show takes its subtitle. One can only imagine the analogies good and bad to be found in an epic ensemble of seven hundred nineteenth- and twentieth-century paintings, sculptures, books, films, and sound works by writers and artists ranging from Apollinaire and Mayakovski to Trisha Brown and Jeff Wall, from Antonin Artaud to Hélio Oiticica. Regardless, Jean-François Chevreier’s addition to the recent curatorial chorus of utopian meditations is nothing if not appealing in its suggestion that poetry's psychic space is of public consequence.

Travels to the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes, dates TBA.