“The Office” at ACL Partners, Paris / MOUSSE CONTEMPORARY ART MAGAZINE

“The Office” at ACL Partners, Paris

by mousse

November 4~2014

With:  Cédric Fargues, Adam Cruces, Philipp Timischl, Martyn Reynolds, Josip Novosel, Amalia Ulman, Max Hooper Schneider, Aidan Koch, Adriana Ramić, Rasmus Myrup, Mohamed Namou, Matthew Linde, Oliver Fairhurst, Puppies Puppies, Greatest Hits, Michael Mazurek, Donna Huanca, Jasper Spicero, Anna Solal, AIRBNB Pavilion, Rolf Nowotny, Sarah Ortmeyer, Emanuele Marcuccio, Emilie Pitoiset, Alex Vivian, David Stjernholm, Samia Mirza, Thomas Julier, Kim Farkas, Abercrombie & Fitch

Curated by Pierre-Alexandre Mateos & Charles Teyssou

The Office”, started with an offer made by the art dealing company ACL Partners to set up an exhibition on the occasion of the Picasso Museum opening. Having the legendary exhibition “Dada Vorfruhling” in mind, our starting point was the very last room of the space, which happens to be the toilet. Organized in 1920 at the Brauhaus Winter in Cologne, this exhibition made the visitor go through the restaurant’s toilet to access the show. Over the course of only a few weeks we developed ideas with 29 artists. The absence of a master plan resulted in more than forty artworks that played either with the office’s original setting or the dealer’s day-to-day life.

Blondie and Chelsea, the art dealer’s dogs have been put in charge by Puppies Puppies to film the opening. The trophy piece that is normally placed above the art dealer’s shoulders in the office has been exchanged with Columbian Sperm donor, a rare 1999 signed poster of Lance Armstrong sent by Michael Mazurek. The Cindy Sherman’s photography (Untitled, Balenciaga, 2008) that hangs in the living room has been used by the AIRBNB survival kit as a bed painting decoration. Macbook Pro scent diffuser realized by Greatest Hits shares it’s space with Ron Arad’s uncomfortable aluminum chair and Adam Cruces customized grey and white M&M’s. The toilet has been transformed by Cédric Fargues into a character inspired by the 90’s B movie Look Who’s Talking Too, while the storage has been occupied by Matthew Linde’s Centre for Style. In the last room Max Hooper Schneider’s aquarium functions as an anti-stress device on the art dealer’s desk.

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at ACL Partners, Paris

until 24 November 2014

Martyn Reynolds, Smoke break in the Anthropocene, 2014

Philipp Timischl, Men of science, Men of faith, 2012

Mohamed Namou, Financial Times, 2014

AIRBNB Pavilion, AIRBNB Kit (detail), 2014

Puppies Puppies, Untitled, 2014

Michael Mazurek, Columbian Sperm Donor, (1999 autographed poster), 2014

Cédric Fargues, Untiled, 2014

Emanuele Marcuccio, Art of cleaning, 2014

David Stjernholm, Router, 2014

Adam Cruces, ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°), 2014

Jasper Spicero, Untitled, 2014

Josip Novosel, Secretary paintings, 2014

Matthew Linde, Centre for Style, 2014

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“The Office” installation views at ACL Partners, Paris, 2014

Courtesy: ACL Partners