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Dennis Oppenheim, Aging, 1974, wood, steel, infrared heat lamps, electric cord, cast wax figure, 2 x 4 x 16'.

Saint-Étienne

Dennis Oppenheim

Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain
La Terrasse
May 14 - August 21

Curated by Lóránd Hegyi

When Dennis Oppenheim died in January at the age of seventy-two, he was working on a light-based installation to be projected onto the facade of the Musée d’Art Moderne as the coup de théâtre crowning his forthcoming retrospective. While this commission will, for now, remain unrealized, the rest of the exhibition will go forward; plans call for representative works chosen from the promiscuously various modes the American post-Minimalist explored during the forty-some years of his career, including architectural constructions, body works, performance, and puppetry. Three of Oppenheim’s major projects from the 1970s—including his motorized marionettes—will be juxtaposed with three massive installations made in 2007 and 2009. The bilingual catalogue features an essay by curator and museum director Lóránd Hegyi.