Mathieu Mercier

Musée d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris

On the occasion of his exhibition at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, French artist Mathieu Mercier has reinvested in a concept one might have thought long since worn out by critics and art historians: postmodernism. The works brought together for his first large-scale retrospective, “Sans Titres 1993–2007” (Untitled Works 1993–2007), function essentially according to postmodern principles of anachronism and stylistic miscegenation, and the exhibition itself, laid out by the artist, follows a varied itinerary that produces often dubious or brutal juxtapositions. For example, Mercier displays meticulously lacquered Greek columns (Untitled, 2007) and a disproportioned and grotesque bronze, Homonculus, 2006, side by side with the “poor” materials (melamine, drywall, nails, and fluorescent kitchen lighting) that have traditionally haunted his formal vocabulary. For a long time

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