Gilles Barbier, Untitled (Aaaah!), 2004, gouache on paper, each 94 1/2“ x 12' 5 1/2”.


Gilles Barbier

Carré d'Art - Musée d'Art Contemporain
Place de la Maison Carrée
May 31–September 17

Curated by Françoise Cohen

To penetrate the universe of Gilles Barbier, a particularly unclassifiable artist and an enemy of the slick, is to enter a proliferating fiction, a riotous rewriting of the contemporary world. No doubt Barbier’s first full-career survey show, which features 170 drawings, gouaches, and sculptures made since 1993, will clash devilishly with Norman Foster’s restrained architecture. In contrast to the museum’s straight lines, the French artist will construct a series of imaginative spaces: among them, a walk-through pie chart made of resin and earth (complete with giant fake worms), the latest version of his Méga Maquette (a twenty-three-foot-long sculpture that maps the themes in Barbier’s works), and a functioning tunnel connecting two galleries.

Translated from French by Jeanine Herman.