Double Exhibition at the Villa Sauber – NMNM
The two new exhibitions by the NMNM - Villa Sauber continue to reflect on the archives and the relationship with the past, as portrayed in the exhibitions " LAB- Behind the Scenes of Monaco Museum of Art" and "Hercule Florence. The New Robinson" in particular. Two artists, who have both been working for ten or so years on a theme of their own, are showing their work at the Villa Sauber - Saâdane Afif (on the ground floor) and Kasper Akhøj (on the first floor).
Saâdane Afif explores our relationship with works of art, including how they fit into society - the famous sculpture Fountain by Marcel Duchamp (an upturned urinal), presented in April 1917 to the hanging committee of the Society of Independent Artists in New York (and refused by it) is the starting point of his latest work. Saâdane Afif has collected books in which the Fountain appears and has torn out the pages featuring photographs of this work and framed them (the "active" part of the exhibition). The books that have had these pages "amputated" are then exhibited in sculpture libraries (the "passive" part). The final part of the exhibition presents articles relating to the work of the artist, forming an "archive in the archive."
Since 2009, Kasper Akhøj has been documenting the restoration work on the Villa E-1027, built in 1929 by the architect Eileen Gray in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin. Like a remake of the original photographs by Eileen Gray, Kasper Akhøj presents 59 photos, framed in a similar way to that chosen by the architect, creating a journey through the various strata of the history of this place. These views of the villa, taken some 80 years after those by Eileen Gray, bear witness to the many changes in the house, which was conceived as a model of architecture, design and lifestyle. This work by Kasper Akhøj thus raises many questions relating to the conservation and restoration of a heritage site that has been repeatedly vandalised. While looking at the photographs, which are hung in a way that deliberately blurs the chronology, the visitors walk through the mists of time.