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Les Référents : a pedagogical experience

With Etienne Bernard

From November 29th 2012 to January 26th 2013
curators : Étienne Bernard and Aurélien Mole
Opening : Wenesday November 28th.

With : A Constructed World, Boris Achour, Francis Alÿs, Diane Arbus, John Armleder, Richard Baquié, Michel Blazy, Constantin Brancusi, Stéphane Calais, Maurizio Cattelan, Mathis Collins, Clémence de Montgolfier, Marcelline Delbecq, Marcel Duchamp, Harun Farocki, Aurélien Froment, Cyprien Gaillard, Ryan Gander, Félix Gonzalez-Torres, Camille Henrot, Thomas Hirschhorn, Pierre Huyghe, Mike Kelley, Martin Kippenberger, Guillaume Leblon, Pierre Leguillon, Morris Louis, Anthony Marcellini, Christian Marclay, Mathieu Mercier, Jean-Luc Moulène, Roman Ondák, Gabriel Orozco, Gyan Panchal, Clément Rodzielski, Jean Rouch, Anri Sala, Tino Sehgal, Simon Starling, Maxime Thieffine, Xavier Veilhan, Lawrence Weiner, Christopher Wool, Raphael Zarka, Andrea Zittel.

Ecole municipale des Beaux-Arts Galerie édouard-Manet
3, place Jean Grandel
92230 Gennevilliers

Artist Aurélien Mole and the Art critic Etienne Bernard have been invited to propose a project for galerie Edouard-Manet Art Center in Gennevilliers. They have chosen to respond with a curatorial proposal which adds to the traditional methods of selecting a group exhibit a more collective logic, operating by ricochet.

Galerie Edouard-Manet Art Center’s specificity is to be located within the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Gennevilliers that hosts a preparatory class for Art Colleges.

Thus, the gallery space promotes art education though examples, providing students with a range of references that settle, combine or oppose each other at the option of programming.

The two curators chose to play with references that should be quoted by a student to get into a French Art College in 2003, 2013 and 2023. How to determine what structure the art today, a decade ago and which pratices will be seen as commonplaces tomorrow ? The scenegraphy will take in consideration the structure of the proposal. Three dates, three exhibition halls. The exhibition will start with its present (2013) before exploring its past and its future. Various artists whose practice structure art today are invited to submit a piece along with a reference that has been significant for them ten years back in 2003. Finally, the room devoted to references 2023 will be sort of a bet on the future, a projection that is aware of its limitations, a try.

Graphic design Syndicat(François Havegeer & Sacha Léopold), 2012