• “La Triennale 2012: Intense Proximity”

    Palais de Tokyo
    13, Avenue du Président Wilson
    April 20–August 26, 2012

    Curated by Okwui Enwezor, Mélanie Bouteloup, Abdellah Karroum, Émelie Renard, Claire Staebl

    This third edition of Paris’s La Triennale—tellingly titled “Intense Proximity”—is set to advance artistic director Okwui Enwezor’s important contestation of nationality and nativism by highlighting relational geographies and migrant figures. The show will unfold from the newly expanded Palais de Tokyo to neighboring institutions along La Colline des Musées, with an approach to cultural transnationalism inspired by twentieth-century ethnographers Marcel Mauss, Michel Leiris, and Marcel Griaule. The exhibition’s list of 120 artists comprises a small number of French citizens (Daniel Buren, Luc Delahaye, Annette Messager), several foreign-born Paris denizens (Joana Hadjithomas and Khalil Joreige, Thomas Hirschhorn, Cameron Jamie), and many more (Georges Adéagbo, Yto Barrada, Desire Machine Collective) hailing from regions formerly subject to European colonial rule.

  • Henri Matisse, The Romanian Blouse, 1939-40, oil on canvas, 36 1/4 x 28 3/4”.

    Henri Matisse, The Romanian Blouse, 1939-40, oil on canvas, 36 1/4 x 28 3/4”.

    “Matisse: Paires/Impaires”

    Centre Pompidou
    Place Georges-Pompidou
    March 7–June 18, 2011

    Curated by Cécile Debray with Dorthe Aagesen and Rebecca Rabinow

    Forget the rivalry between Picasso and Matisse: Matisse was, it appears, his own severest competitor. Coming on the heels of “Matisse: Radical Invention 1913–1917,” an exhibition concerning the artist’s tortured practice of scraping and revising his painted work, “Matisse: Paires/Impaires” showcases paired pieces devoted to a single motif. Indeed, Matisse’s process, once portrayed as largely intuitive, is now routinely said to have been formal and strict. Perhaps this approach counts as a necessary historical correction. In any case, the roughly seventy works on canvas and paper exhibited here will surely be riveting. A team of French and American heavy hitters has been assembled to contribute to the catalogue, promising a solid, exhaustive exegesis of the theme.