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LE SILENCE Une fiction

February 2nd –April 3rd, 2012

Nouveau Musée National de Monaco – Villa Paloma
Curator : Simone Menegoi
The Nouveau Musée de Monaco presents its latest exhibition, LE SILENCE Une fiction which will be held at Villa Paloma, NMNM. The work of 25 artists will invite the visitor, via a fictional approach, to reconsider the trace that our civilisation will leave behind. The curator, Simone Menegoi, states that this exhibition offers a “fantastic account, a form of narrative décor which tells the story of a planet that has become uninhabitable for reasons unknown...”

From 2nd February until 3rd April 2012, LE SILENCE Une fiction will gather a corpus of contemporary works, ranging from Arman’s Accumulations to Hiroshi Sugimoto’s photographs, which present the visitor with a world that is both strange and familiar. The effect is one of a reversal of history; as if the works displayed, artefacts of our contemporary era, were being observed through the eyes of an archaeologist or anthropologist from the future.

Part scientific experiment, part fictional narrative, the exhibition invites the visitor to use his imagination and depict a story. A substantial part of the exhibition consists of photographs and videos set against each other within the traditional landscape genre, yet seen from a particular perspective: the aesthetics of the contemporary Sublime, drawing on the spectacle of environmental disasters and economic collapse. Another prominent group of works is comprised of sculptures and assemblages from artists, active since the 1960’s, who use every day and waste material to create. Work by American artist Michael E. Smith, whose sculptures are made from waste collected in his home town, the urban desert of Detroit, completes the exhibition as ‘fossils’ of our consumer society.
With this exhibition, the NMNM continues its tradition of supporting exploratory missions, a project heartily endorsed by the Principality. The Nouveau Musée National de Monaco thereby supported Adrien Missika’s expedition across the Karakum desert to Darvaza, in Turkmenistan. A work entitled Darvaza, created especially for this exhibition, is projected into the narrative journey. In the same vein, the museum also enabled the curators Simone Menegoi and Cristiano Raimondi, along with art critic Chris Sharp, to explore the American town of Detroit. During this trip they met the artist Michael E. Smith and found inspiration for this exhibition.
LE SILENCE Une fiction at the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco is curated by Simone Menegoi and co-curated by Cristiano Raimondi (NMNM). A short story by Chris Sharp, accompanies the fictional drive of the exhibition.
The exhibition will be accompanied by a publication of around 250 pages from the NMNM, edited by Mack Books and distributed worldwide. This bilingual publication will include critical texts (one of them written by Marc Augé) and Chris Sharp’s novella.
At the private viewing, there will be a performance by the Italian artist Linda Fregni Nagler, Things that death cannot Destroy (Part 5- The Silence), 2012.

List of artists
Dove Allouche
Vladimir Arkhipov
Bartolomeo Bimbi
Maurice Blaussyld
Michel Blazy
Karl Blossfeldt

Peter Buggenhout
Carlos Casas
Romeo Castellucci
Lourdes Castro
Tony Cragg
Daniel Gustav Cramer

Geert Goiris

Jochen Lempert

Yves Marchand & Romain Meffre
Adrien Missika
Linda Fregni Nagler
Walter Pichler
Rudolf Polanszky
Pierre Savatier
Erin Shirreff
Michael E. Smith
Daniel Spoerri
Hiroshi Sugimoto

Based on a narrative approach, LE SILENCE Une fiction further explores the museographical reflection part of the NMNM’s project “Training for a Museum”, initiated with the exhibition Looking up... Yinka and followed by collaborations with Thomas Demand in 2010 and Mark Dion in 2011.

Curator Biographies
Born in 1970, Simone Menegoi is an art critic and museum curator. He writes for Kaleidoscope magazine and He has been an independent curator since 2005. In 2008, he was curator at the artistic centre La Galérie (Noisy-Le-Sec, Paris). Notable recent and forthcoming projects include Scavi at the Cultural Centre, Français de Milan in 2010, and Bouvard and Pécuchet’s Compendious Quest for Beauty at the David Roberts Art Foundation in London, which he will co-curate with Chris Sharp in April 2012.
Born in 1978, Cristiano Raimondi is the Head of Development at the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco. Since the opening of Villa Paloma in 2010, he has co-curated the exhibitions La Carte d’après Nature with Thomas Demand and Oceanomania with Mark Dion. He is also responsible for the creation of the Friends of the NMNM Association grant which enables artists and curators to carry out “exploration” expeditions, such as the one conducted for the exhibition LE SILENCE Une fiction.

Villa Paloma
Villa Paloma which dates from the early 20th century is one of the finest patrician residencies in the Principality of Monaco. Originally built for private use, it was sold to the state of Monaco in 1995, to be given to the Nouveau Musée National de Monaco in 2008, and opened in 2010 under the direction of Marie-Claude Beaud. Since this date, the museum projects have been based in two locations, Villa Sauber (dedicated to performing and decorative arts) and Villa Paloma (showing projects linked to the cultural heritage and landscape analysis.)

For further information and images, contact:
Elodie Biancheri (NMNM)

Leslie Compan & Amy de Leusse (Brunswick Arts):

27 January 2012