previews

  • Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Celebration? Realife Revisited, 1972/2000/2002, installation view, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, 2003. Photo: FBM Studio.

    Marc Camille Chaimowicz, Celebration? Realife Revisited, 1972/2000/2002, installation view, Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, 2003. Photo: FBM Studio.

    Marc Camille Chaimowicz

    Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst
    Limmatstrasse 270
    April 8–June 18, 2006

    Curated by Heike Munder

    The late, lamented art critic Stuart Morgan gave the following instructions for the proper reception of the work of Marc Camille Chaimowicz: “Unlearn ‘art.’ Unlearn ‘artwork.’ Unlearn ‘closure.’ Unlearn ‘public’ and ‘private.’ Finally unlearn ‘man.’” Well, that could take a while. But the fact that this survey follows hard on the heels of another this past autumn in Düsseldorf suggests that the French-born, London-based Chaimowicz, whose performances and installations drew international acclaim in the ’70s but whose career went a bit quiet in the ’90s, is coming back into focus. At the Migros, fourteen works—installations, print and painting suites, and sculptures—from the past thirty-four years sample an oeuvre that combines the quotidian and the exquisite, the decorative and the political, the critical and the sentimental in ways to which we’re unaccustomed.