Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, chorégraphie (Choreography), 2012, stones. Installation view.

Céleste Boursier-Mougenot

Galerie Xippas | Paris

Céleste Boursier-Mougenot, chorégraphie (Choreography), 2012, stones. Installation view.

The precipitous staircase leading to Galerie Xippas is certainly one of the most astounding bits of architecture among the Marais galleries. From the bottom of the steps, one cannot see the top. Only the light indicates where the landing must be; one could otherwise imagine the staircase to be infinite. On every step, Céleste Boursier-Mougenot had placed large stones—slowing down the visitor’s ascent, prohibiting a direct path or easy balance, calling attention to each footstep. This stairwell, transformed into a mountain path or riverbed and titled chorégraphie (all works 2012), was really the invitation to a kind of dance that visitors had to interpret in their own way. It also prepared them to approach the exhibition space in the state of concentration necessary to become attuned to the work. This is an essential notion for Boursier-Mougenot, who, since the early 1990s,

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