Since 11 October last, when the Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris opened its doors once again, the public has had the opportunity to explore Glorius Read, an installation by Loris Gréaud.
Designed as a clandestine attempt to infiltrate the museum’s permanent collections, this installation—which constitutes an exhibition in its own right, has burrowed into the walls of the institution like a hidden chamber whose secret haunts the entire site.
For the last month, a rumour has rustled through the building: a group of individuals with black eyes lurks along the walls, wanders from gallery to gallery, passes through temporary exhibitions and provides an intimation that a mysterious place exists.
The public possesses a single piece of information—a telephone number for an ‘infoline’ reachable at +33756815474. This recalls methods used by the organisers of illicit parties in the 1990s to provide piecemeal and at the last possible moment the information necessary to accede to a ‘temporary autonomous zone’. And thus, after many thousands of callers and clues, the curtain lifts over Glorius Read.
Following in the footsteps of Ladi Rogeurs and Sir Loudrage, exhibitions presented first in Paris, then in Berlin at the Galerie Max Hetzler during 2018, Glorius Read continues the artist’s avenue of exploration. After the sketch and the still-life, we have a three-dimensional interpretation of landscape as a theme. The public is invited to push back the walls of the museum as they would open a door to feel in full an experience of stasis and contemplation.
The Glorius Read exhibition comes on the heels of the acquisition of MACHINE (2018), one of four works that are part of the installation, by the Amis du Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris. It is part of a programme for inviting an artist to conduct a project in the collection’s galleries that is based on a work of theirs which has recently entered the collection.
The catalogue, entitled Ladi Rogeurs | Sir Loudrage | Glorius Read was published for this occasion by Holzwarth Publications. The volume covers the earlier incarnations of the installation at the Musée d’Art Moderne de Paris.
Director : Fabrice Hergott I Curator : Julia Garimorth I Exhibition Assistant : Sylvie Moreau-Soteras