Incarnations inaugurates a series of exhibitions and events programmed for 2023, focusing on the presence of the body in the works of the macLYON Collection.

Last updated date : 13/01/2023
From 24/02 to 09/07/2023 between 11 am and 6 pm. Closed Monday and Tuesday.
Modern Art Musem(MAC) 81 quai Charles de Gaulle Cité Internationale - 69006 Lyon 6ème
Incarnations, le corps dans la collection

Incarnations is structured around two acts, each presenting a facet of the body considered from an approach inspired by phenomenology. Moving away from the cogito of René Descartes (the famous “I think, therefore I am”), the philosophical current of the first half of the 20th century affirms on the contrary that we are above all our bodies, and that there is no “pure” thought detached from an organism that perceives and experiences. To be, to be oneself, to be one’s body, it is this incarnate conception of the body that underlies the two acts of this exhibition.

The first act, taking place from 24 February to 9 July 2023, takes as its starting point the body in its organic dimension, the carnal matter as it is modelled by the artists who use it as their object, subject, and support, as well as the medium of their artistic practices. The works on display, dating from the 1960s to the present day, bear witness to a line of questioning that has led artists to reflect on a new relationship to art. They present the body in its physical truth, as a means of experimenting with oneself and the world. Confronted with this fallible organism, subject to its dysfunctions, imperfections, limits, and its mortal condition, the artists appropriate the body and make it a tool for reflection, as well as a response to pre-established artistic and societal codes.

The second act of the exhibition, beginning in September 2023 in the same space, continues the issues raised in the first, no longer through the prism of the organic nature of the body however, but in its confrontation with the other, the environment, and the world. A new selection of artists and works focuses on the way in which the body lives, interacts, and is impacted by the social and societal context.

The two acts of the exhibition give pride of place to the collection of the Musée d’art contemporain de Lyon, inaugurated in 1984, and features works coming from the exhibitions at the museum and/or the Lyon Biennales of Contemporary Art, and regularly added to by donations and acquisitions. Spanning over nine decades of creation, from the 1930s to the present day, the macLYON Collection mirrors the reflections and concerns of the artists who compose it, and more broadly the evolution of perspectives during this period.

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  • From 24/02 to 09/07/2023 between 11 am and 6 pm.
    Closed Monday and Tuesday.
  • Accessible for self-propelled wheelchairs


Modern Art Musem(MAC)

81 quai Charles de Gaulle Cité Internationale - 69006 Lyon 6ème

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