Marc Camille Chaimowicz, book launch
Launch of the monographic book devoted to the work of Marc Camille Chaimowicz Rêverie dans la pratique et dans ses formes, text by Marie Canet and projections of the artist's films.
As the carte blanche to Marc Camille Chaimowicz Zig Zag and Many Ribbons... comes to an end on April 10 in Saint-Etienne, exhibition curator and MAMC+ director Aurélie Voltz and author Marie Canet will discuss this reference monograph, the first in French on Marc Camille Chaimowicz. It traces the conceptual, sensitive and critical developments implemented by the artist since the 1970s in order to assert the decorative as a pictorial practice in its own right. Designed by graphic designer Zak Kyes under the artistic direction of Chaimowicz and Anna Clifford, written in close collaboration with Marc Camille Chaimowicz between late 2016 and 2020, it includes an essay by Marie Canet on his body of work.
Published on the occasion of the exhibition Marc Camille Chaimowicz Zig Zag and Many Ribbons... at MAMC+ Saint-Étienne until April 10, 2023. The book was supported by Fondation Pernod Ricard
French and English edition, 248 pages, 177 color illustrations, 37 euros. A ribbon designed by the artist and made in partnership with the company Neyret from Saint-Etienne is inserted as a bookmark.
Marc Camille Chaimowicz
From a Polish father and a French mother, Marc Camille Chaimowicz was born in the aftermath of World War II in Paris and moved to the United Kingdom while still being a chill. He studied at Ealing, Camberwell, and the Slate School of Art in London. In new artistic times, careful to bring art and life closer, often using performance, the life of Marc Camille Chaimowicz has become a great workshop. Living in the exhibition spaces, he sets up hotels entrances, decorates them with his own artefacts, and serves there some tea to visitors with musical background. Chaimowicz abandoned performance art when it became an official art practice which was no longer subversive. From 1975 to 1979, he designed the interior of his Approach Road flat. He made wallpapers, curtains, videos while performing in his own decor: everything had been tailored-imagined, drawn, and conceived to turn his interior into a room conducive to reverie. From the 1980s onwards, decors and furniture set like in a theatre scenography took their place in museums. Since then, hundreds of exhibitions have featured the interiors series of this international artist.
Marie Canet is a French art critic, independent curator and professor of aesthetics at the Villa Arson (Nice). She is the author of an important essay on the practice of the artist Marc Camille Chaimowicz published in the Reverie, Its Practice and Means of Display, 2022.
Director of the Musée d'art moderne et contemporain de Saint-Étienne Métropole, Aurélie Voltz is curator of the exhibition Marc Camille Chaimowicz. Zig Zag and Many Ribbons… .