Lutz Bacher and the 9 rue du Plâtre
March 10 - April 30, 2018
For her ﬁrst monographic exhibition in France, Lutz Bacher pairs her artistic vision with the opening of the new institution. She thus conceives an installation that highlights the verticality of the building, renovated by Rem Koolhaas.
The international scene has recently rediscovered the signiﬁcant work of Lutz Bacher, whose recognition was constructed in several waves as of the 1970s, between California, New York and Europe. Starting with found objects, or ready-mades, the artist composes a space of demanding reﬂection, at times even philosophical, in which each shape generated from popular and urban culture, signifies and opens crossed discussions on identity, gender, violence, intimacy, society and space. Sculptural displays, as well as videos, sound pieces and installations solicit collective memory via an augmented perception of reality.
Born in 1943, Lutz Bacher lives and works in New York.
Throughout a career of over 40 years, Lutz Bacher has constructed works that defy all forms of classification. The American artist, who adopted a masculine pseudonym as of her first pieces, has produced conceptual works by using diverse media. Her photographs, sculptural arrangements, videos, sound pieces and installations gather objects and images inscribed in our collective imaginaries. Featured constitutive elements of Lutz Bacher’s pieces include: pictures of public personalities found in press that, once copied repeatedly, take on a new life, as well as every-day objects, rubbish collected in second-hand stores then integrated into ready-mades installations, used balloons, marble and sand. Her appropriations recall pop culture, paparazzi snapshots and, from time to time, allude to art history. The human body, sexuality, power and violence are key themes in Lutz Bacher’s work, as are the current state of things and beings, and the fine line between public and private spheres.
More Than This, Secession, Vienne (2016) Accidental Tourist, Greene Naftali, New York (2016) Greater New York, MoMA PS1, New York (2015) Lutz Bacher, Aspen Art Museum, Colorado (2014) Into the Dimensional Corridor, National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhague (2014 - 2015) Lutz Bacher Show, Kunsthalle Zürich, Zürich (2013 - 2014) Lutz Bacher at Cabinet, Cabinet, Londres (2011) MY SECRET LIFE, MoMA PS1, New York (2009) Spill, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis (2008 - 2009)
Lutz Bacher’s pieces are included in the permanent collections of numerous museums, namely:
Museum of Modern Art, New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Whitney Museum of American Art, New York Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Walker Art Center, Minneapolis UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley