Absent from the Parisian cultural scene for some years now, the American artist Bruce Nauman returns to France this year to exhibit at the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain. The exhibition showcases seven of his works from March 14 to June 21, 2015.
The disposition of the works makes harmony with the building since they blend perfectly with the wide spaces of the Foundation. On the left room of the first floor, we can see two color videos entitled Pencil Lift / Mr. Rogers in which the artist reflects on the gesticulation of the hands. This room is very spacious and is filled with abundant natural light that leads the visitor to a state of calmness and reflection. The same thing is reproduced again in the opposite room, where there are exposed For the children / Pour enfants and For Children / For the Beginners.
In the lower-less-illuminated floor, we find works that are more obscure and disturbing. For instance, in the first room one enters, there is an installation called Carrousel which features moving dog sculptures. In that same room, the audiovisual work Anthro / Socio installation repeats in a loud voice a series of words that evoke different states of frustration and anxiety. This state of anxiety is voluntarily accentuated by the darkness and the impression of imprisonment inside the rooms.
It is necessary to appreciate a satirical humor to connect with many of the works that are here exposed. However, the exhibition has been highly praised by most of the Parisian press, as it marks an awaited come back of the artist’s works to France.
Bruce Nauman, from March 14 to June 21, 2015, Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, 261 Bd. Raspail, 75014 Paris, tel. 01 42 18 56 50