Nina Childress, Morning gym 1 et 2, 2019. Huile sur toile, diptyque 33 x 41 cm chaque / Oil on canvas, diptych 33 x 41 cm each. Courtesy the Artist and Art : Concept, Paris. Photo by Aurélien Mole

In partnership with the Mucem and the Musée d’art contemporain de la Ville de Marseille, the Frac Sud – Cité de l’art contemporain has invited curator and art critic Jean-Marc Huitorel to design an exhibition in all three venues.

The exhibition at [mac] brings together works characterized by a dual interrogation of the sport itself and, at the same time, of the chosen medium, painting (and more broadly the forms of the picture) and the regimes of representation it implements. The exhibition brings together most of the angles, questions, motifs and themes raised both at Frac Sud and at Mucem: victory and defeat, trophies and relics, obedience to rules and transgression, liberation and alienation, probity and cheating, domination and contestation, racism, colonialism, minority rights, feminism, jubilation, denunciation, etc. Many of these paintings, in fact, are the fruit of a long process of reflection and analysis. Many of these paintings, in fact, are double-edged and, behind their calm appearances, assert critical, political positions, in the image of a notable part of today’s art.

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Michel Blazy, 2010, Choses aquatiques vivantes. Crème dessert au chocolat, blanc d’oeufs, lait concentré sucré liquide, lait en poudre, crème dessert vanille sur contreplaqué grignoté à Caen par des souris / chocolate cream dessert, egg whites, liquid sweetened condensed milk, powdered milk, vanilla cream dessert on plywood nibbled by mice in Caen. 157 × 120 cm. Courtesy the Artist and Art : Concept, Paris. Collection privée, France.

Group show.

This exhibition, conceived to celebrate the Thalie Foundation’s 10th anniversary, has its roots in the Créateurs Urgence Climat program, which has been running for the past four years. Through an exhibition and a program of encounters, the program brings together creators and experts from a variety of disciplines, intending to pool and put into perspective – in work(s) – this transformative research. In dialogue with works from its collection, the Foundation opens itself up to an experimental and forward-looking approach, at the crossroads of art, design, and ecology.

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