Paris, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris

If you knew you had six months to live, what would you endeavor to accomplish, and what would you have to say in the face of death? The premise of this exhibition explores how imminent death – whether by the looming historical shadows cast by World War I and II or an AIDS diagnosis – has informed the work of 12 internationally influential artists and photographers, who have passed away in the last 20 years, and mainly includes the later works of their lives.

Impressive works to discover are those by photographer Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989) and artists Chen Zhen (1955-2000), Jörg Immendorff (1945-2007) and Absalon (1964-1993) as well as the particularly evocative work of James Lee Byars (1932-1997) whose installation, entitled The Death of James Lee Byars, leads the pack. The exhibition is an interesting, and remarkably uplifting, reflection on the intimate relationship between creativity and death.

October 16th – January 10, 2010
11, Avenue du Président Wilson
75016, Paris
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