Christian Marclay/Saâdane Afif. Ephemera & Lyrics

12 Feb 2019 – 23 Mar 2019

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Tuesday – Saturday, noon – 7 PM
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MFC Michèle Didier

Île-de-France, France

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mfc-michèle didier reactivates Christian Marclay’s exceptional work, “Ephemera”, presenting it in connection with Saâdane Afif’s “Lyrics”.

In order to put into perspective the musical character at the heart of Christian Marclay’s creative process, we decided to present Ephemera in correlation with the work of Saâdane Afif: Lyrics.

We will present for this exhibition Lyrics written by Tacita Dean, André Magnin, Jonathan Monk, Emilie Pitoiset, Michael Riedel, Anri Sala and Sarah Ancelle Schönefeld, performed by musicians or singers with three concerts organised during the exhibition.

Marclay’s and Afif’s works have in common to not be confined to a single object or a single form, giving way to an orality and a musicality that they can evoke or to which they are destined.

Ephemera and Lyrics explore the interpretation arising from encounters with a work, recalling Marcel Duchamp’s quote: “it is the viewer who does the work”.

While Lyrics is a work resulting from requests to different authors, this new exhibition presents it in a new dimension: it becomes material and pretext for a new interpretation of Ephemera.

Three concerts will be organised during the exhibition:

 — On the opening, Saturday February 9, from 7:30 to 8pm, with French soprano Eléonore Lemaire and percussionist Richard Dubelski;
 — On Friday, February 22, from 7:30 to 8pm;
 — On the closing, Saturday, March 23, from 7:30 to 8pm, with French artist Emilie Pitoiset and musician Shantidas Riedacker.

Exhibiting artistsToggle

Saâdane Afif

Christian Marclay


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