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Centre Pompidou-Metz opens exhibition dedicated to French artist Tania Mouraud
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METZ.- In 2015, Centre Pompidou-Metz is presenting, in partnership with 8 cultural sites in Metz, the first world-class exhibition entirely dedicated to French artist Tania Mouraud.

Kicked off on 4 March 2015 at Centre Pompidou-Metz, this show encompasses the city of Metz and its surroundings, reaching its full scope and unprecedented form at the end of June 2015.

Tania Mouraud is a unique artist in a class of her own. Her work has continued to evolve since she started creating in 1960s, alternatively exploring multiple media including, but not limited to painting, installation, photography, performance, video and sound. One thing has remained consistent, her works have always explored the relationship between art and social connections. With this in mind, she suggested integrating meditation rooms in standard homes (1968). She plastered her discontentment with society, with materialism taking precedent over man, on 4 x 3 meter billboards (1977). She has reflected upon the aesthetic relationship between art and war, and through the act of writing, has examined the limits of perception by creating “words of form” (1989). Since 1998, she has intertwined photography, video and sound with painting to examine the different aspects of history and the living.

Covering 1100 sq. m. in Galerie 2 at Centre Pompidou-Metz, the exhibition takes a look at Tania Mouraud's career and artistic practice, from her 1968 autodafe, a profoundly symbolic act of destruction that ended her initial pictorial years, through to her initiation and mediation rooms of 1970s, up to her most recent works. The exhibition highlights her tenacious career, marked by her encounters with prominent contemporary artists, as well as by her personal life story.

The selection of over 70 works of art, some from the artist's personal collection, unveil the portrait of a socially engaged Tania Mouraud. Several historic works will be re-enacted in the scope of the exhibition as well.

Special focus will be given to her meditation rooms as well as her photo-texts and works on language from the 1970s, all emblematic of Tania Mouraud's repertoire. The exhibition will be the first to fully explore the expanse of her initiation rooms. Her first meditation room, One more night (1970), initially realised for the eponymous exhibition by Jean Larcade at the Galerie Rive Droite in Paris, will be specially reconstructed for the show.

AD NAUSEAM , a monumental audiovisual installation presented at MAC/VAL – Musée d’art contemporain du Val-de-Marne from 20 September 2014 to 25 January 2015, will also be shown in an adapted version. This major work by Mouraud was co-produced with Ircam (Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique/Musique) during her residency there in 2013-14.

This survey exhibition will expand into the city of Metz at end of June 2015, incorporating eight partner institutions and venues. Diverse aspects of Tania Mouraud's work will be presented, expanding on the exhibition at Centre Pompidou-Metz. This will take the visitor on an extended walk through the city to exhibition spaces at Arsenal – EPPCC Metz en Scènes, Chapelle des Templiers, Église Saint-Pierre-aux-Nonnains, Faux Mouvement – Centre d’art contemporain, Frac Lorraine, Musée de la Cour d’Or – Metz Métropole, Toutouchic and Octave Cowbell art galleries. The artist's emblematic works will be revealed throughout the urban landscape and workshops with the artist herself will be offered to students at École Supérieure d’Art de Lorraine in the scope of a one-year collaboration.

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