Oliver Herring - Pure Sublimation, 2000-01 - Video still - Courtesy the artist and Max Protetch Gallery, New York

DINARD, FRANCE - François Pinault accepted Dinard’s offer to present a selection of artworks from his collection at the Palais des Arts with much enthusiasm. This initiative fits perfectly with his involvement in contemporary art in favour of travelling exhibitions, which ultimate aim is to share his passion with a large public. After major exhibitions in Lille (Passage du Temps, 2007-2008) and Moscow (Un Certain Etat du Monde ? 2009), it is now Dinard’s turn to play host to the collection. This exhibition shows François Pinault attachment to the region of his birth, Brittany.

Damien Hirst - The Kiss of Death, 2005. Perspex, steel, bull’s heart, dagger, silver and formaldehyde solution, 91,4 x 61 x 25,4 cm. © Damien Hirst. Photo: Prudence Cumming Associates.François Pinault’s curator Caroline Bourgeois is in charge of the exhibition. Through her selection of (most representative) works from the Collection, she leads the public into the collector’s atypical and bold steps, while making them see through his eyes : breaking with trends and established values, and showing interest in the most visionnary – and sometimes puzzling – artistic creations. « It is also the portrait of a true enthusiast, whose profoundness shows in his collection» says Caroline Bourgeois.

The exhibition puts the emphasis on four main aspects of contemporary art history:

> works stemming from a concept, (ie the minimalist movement, which favours the idea to the expression)

> art history being revisited and reinterpreted by contemporary artists

> popular, mass culture icons and items turning into art

> artists sharing their original views on our contemporary world (through such topics as consumers’ society, search for utopia, wars…)

The Dinard exhibition offers to mirror contemporary obsessions through eye opening and conscience awakening works of art.

1: Concepts & artworks: Josef Albers, Dan Flavin, Agnes Martin, Lucio Fontana, Piero Manzoni, Lee Ufan and Pierre Soulages

2: History revisited: Charles Matton, Takashi Murakami, Paul McCarthy and Yan Pei Ming.

3: Pop culture and mythologie: Martial Raysse

4: From consumers’ society to the search for utopia :

- Introduction : Ed Ruscha.
- Consumers’ society / war / rebellion: Adel Abdessemed, Andreas Gurski, Oliver Herring, Barbara Kruger, Cindy Sherman, Jeff Wall, Jiechang Yang, Chen Zhen.
- Cities : Subodh Gupta, Mike Kelley, Bharti Kher, Takashi Murakami, Julie Mehretu, Luc Tuymans.
- Fears and phobias : Maurizio Cattelan, Paul Fryer, Damien Hirst, Claude Levêque, Yan Pei Ming, Andres Serrano.

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