Noeud de Lacan, 2009 (détail) © Jean-Michel Othoniel/Adagp, Paris 2010 © Galerie Perrotin, Paris Photo : Guillaume Ziccarelli


From the 2nd of March to the 23rd of May – Centre Pompidou

The Pompidou Centre is the first major cultural institution to devote an exhibition to Othoniel, which traces his journey from 1987 to today. In complicity with the artist, the Centre Pompidou offers a retrospective of his work titled My Way.
Comprising a unique set of eighty works, this journey start from early work, confidential, intimate and poetic and leads the visitor to discover the monumental works, with their spectacular dimensions and their magical appeal striking the imagination. This journey is punctuated by stages, research and experiments, until the mid-1990s, the artist takes hold of flimsy materials, sensitive, such as sulfur, phosphorus and wax, between beauty and repulsion. These original materials, little used, became the vehicle of a reflection on the body, the suffering, the loss. The artist explores the boundary between the organic world and the natural world and questions the limits of the genre. Then, with the discovery of glass, its color, its infinite plastic possibilities mixing strength and vulnerability, the work of Jean-Michel Othoniel addresses a more sculptural reflexion, finds a new monumentality, began to move.
The exhibition is deployed in two spaces located within the National Museum of Modern Art, the Museum Gallery and the Gallery of Graphic Art, specially unified for the occasion. Meanwhile, the Children’s Gallery hosts two monumental works of the artist in a proposal entitled The Real wonderful.

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