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Allen Ruppersberg

MAGASIN - Centre National d'Art Contemporain

Le Magasin’s new artistic direction was apparent even in the first exhibitions organized by director Yves Aupetitallot. This museum, which is housed in a former factory building, seems best equipped to present exhibitions of a certain historical depth accompanied by small, thematically related survey shows—at least this was the case with its impressive Allen Ruppersberg retrospective. The show was accompanied by an extensive catalogue and a small, concurrent survey exhibition, curated by Paul McCarthy, which also explored California art—or, rather, art created in California by three artists born outside the United States: Bas Jan Ader, Guy de Cointet, and Wolfgang Stoerchle. The catalogue and the smaller show emphasized the museum’s goal of reconstructing not only Ruppersbcrg’s long career, but also the epoch it spanned.

Although his work first emerged under the banner of Conceptualism,

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