The show includes pieces from the early years after the museum’s foundation as well as from the 1980s, when it became more established; it also highlights the museum’s role in presenting new generations of artists and curators that represent the zeitgeist of different periods. Toujours reveals a collection in constant movement, aware of cultural constructs and of the spirit and ideas of its time.
The exhibition’s title Toujours –word that means “always”- is inspired by the the Jack Pierson sculpture one sees as one enters the space. This term brings to mind the idea of the continuity of an institution, of a collection and of the works created by the artists that have shaped the history of the CAPC. With its different definitions, the idea of continuity takes us back to the time that has passed since the museum’s foundation, the continuity of its activities, the consistency of its programs or the perseverance of the teams that have worked there.
How does a piece of art transcend? The word toujours also alludes to the museum’s role as a witness to history and to its main mission: acquiring, conserving, studying and exhibiting its collection. This is why the show focuses on a selection of pieces that establish a dialogue between them. Conceptual pieces by artists such as Daniel Buren and Sol LeWitt, closely related to the museum’s first program of exhibitions or presented in later shows organized by Harald Szeeman and Marie-Laure Bernadac, coexist with emblematic interventions by artists such as Annette Messager and pieces by more recent creators such as Leonor Antunes, Wolfgang Tillmans and Lili Reynaud-Dewar.
The exhibition posits a non-linear revision of the history of the different shows presented at the CAPC and their effect on the creation of the collection. It thus provides a broad view of the historical contexts and socio-political and cultural phenomena that both the museum and the artists have witnessed. It thus lays emphasis on the non-chronological relationships with multiple meanings that arise among the pieces.