How to master the strangeness of the world? Registering the failure of a too-rational approach, this exhibition is a voyage summoning us to probe the Earth’s mysteries.
With this in mind it offers a discovery of fantastic realism, a major feature of the 1960s counterculture, via works by contemporary artists challenging dominant forms of knowledge and hybridising scientific and esoteric knowledge. A mutant little brother of Surrealism, fantastic realism, founded by Jacques Bergier and Louis Pauwels at the magazine Planète (1961–1972), was a state of mind urging the conquest of new intellectual realms that mingled the rational and the fantastic with science, history and philosophy. Certain elements of context conjure up the broad social importance of a key period surfing a wave of confidence in the advance of knowledge.
The exhibition presents an extensive and diverse body of work that updates this approach in the light of contemporary issues and technological and scientific progress. Extravagant, hermetic, sensual, the works invite us to explore the residues of traditional, mythical or magical cultures, to probe modified states of consciousness, the limits of our sensory perceptions, the hidden codes of nature and the still indecipherable laws that govern the cosmos.
Is it because they still retain a measure of mystery, that these works make us more sensitive to the strangeness of the world?
Exhibition produced as part of MuséoSciences, in partnership with the agnès b. endowment fund, le Frac Provence-Alpes-Côte d´Azur, le Fresnoy – Studio national des arts contemporains and the LaM.
Frac Grand-Large -- Hauts-de-France
503 avenue des Bancs de Flandres
59140 Dunkerque, France
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