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Manuel Graf

Établissement d'en face

German artist Manuel Graf’s exhibition “Mediterraneo” (Mediterranean) opened with its invitation card, which lay upon a table and revealed an image similar to an illustration from an archaeological exhibition catalogue—that is to say, showing a series of artifacts and isolated documents against a black background. The card gave the exhibition title in several languages: Italian (Mediterraneo), Greek ( ), Turkish (Akdeniz), and Arabic ( ). This title designated the show as a single overall installation: a work from 2010 conceived of for the space. Having noticed this invitation with its ecumenical, even Wikipedia-esque accents, one proceeded to the entrance of the art center, where one discovered an arrangement of objects in the window: pieces of seemingly ancient pottery placed on metal shelves, accompanied by a hardy decorative plant as well as a tripod lamp.

This scene evoked the shopwindow

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