• “Face à l’histoire”

    Centre Pompidou

    The title, “Face à l’histoire” tries to say it. On one side art, a great linear, chronological survey of its many practices from 1933–96, displayed in rooms devoted to such diverse themes as anti-Semitism, the civil war in Spain, Vietnam, or Algerian independence. On the other side, history, or rather a spine of materials designated to stand in for it—magazines, posters, pamphlets, novels, some scanty panels of text and so forth. The facing is all in one direction. Art broods on history, occasionally trying to act upon it. History, wretched, terrible, destructive, never outfaces art from its

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