Mulhouse, France

“Les Sculptures meurent aussi”

Kunsthalle Mulhouse

The third and last in a cycle of exhibitions curated by Lorenzo Benedetti at the Kunsthalle Mulhouse, “Les Sculptures meurent aussi” (Sculptures Also Die) looked like a primer on recent European sculpture, however predicated on such sculpture’s extinction. A twist on the opening lines from Chris Marker and Alain Resnais’s 1953 film of the same name—“When men die, they enter into history; when statues die, they enter into art”—Benedetti’s title evoked a familiar endgame while suggesting that there might be a more concrete, or at least pithier, solution: Maybe dead sculptures enter purgatory, a place in which to perpetually reckon with their inability to return to the world of simple statuary or, still less, that of simple objects.

Such a resting place was impishly inaugurated with Alex Cecchetti’s photographic series “Untitled,” 2009, documenting the Paris-based Italian artist’s interventions

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