“No Man's Time”

Villa Arson

“No Man’s Time” presents the work of 20 international artists: 19 plus Martin Kippenberger, here celebrated as the master. The installation of the show grew from a labyrinth of small spaces constructed in one wing of the museum. Here, each artist exhibited small-scale works, while in the other spaces they were free to make large-scale installations. This was the least successful part of the show, because the large-scale pieces seemed to work to the detriment of the young artists, too easily pushing them toward exaggeration and redundancy. Angela Bulloch’s “television” installation, Slide Projection (King of Comedy), 1991, was the exception. But the labyrinth was truly a path of continuous adventure and surprise. If there was something unconvincing about this exhibition, it was not the quality of the artists; rather, it was that a French institution would try to promote its own national

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