On May 28, 2017, High Tension: 8 Winners of the Marcel Duchamp Prize, will open at Red Brick Art Museum. The exhibition is curated by Alfred Pacquement, hosted by Red Brick Art Museum, and co-organized with the Association for the International Diffusion of French Art (ADIAF). Running through August 27th, 2017, this is an important exhibition linked to the Festival Croisements, the exhibition is supported by the French Embassy in China (IFC) and Institut Français .
The exhibition presents eight internationally acclaimed artists: Kader Attia, Latifa Echakhch, Cyprien Gaillard, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Laurent Grasso, Mathieu Mercier, Julien Prévieux and Tatiana Trouvé.
Alfred Pacquement is an art historian and museum curator. He has been the Director of the Galerie Nationale du Jeu de Paume, Delegate to the Plastic Arts, Director of the Ecole nationale des Beaux-Arts de Paris and of the Musée national d’art moderne, Centre Pompidou from 2000 to 2013.
He is the curator of numerous exhibitions, some of the most recent being Richard Serra in Doha, Takis in the Palais de Tokyo, ‘Invitation au Voyage’ in the Centrale, Brussels (with the ADIAF), Lee Ufan, Anish Kapoor and Olafur Eliasson at the Château de Versailles as well as Alexander Calder, Joan Miro and Giuseppe Penone in the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. The author of many catalogue introductions and monographies, he is Honorary Director of the Musée national d’art moderne.
Kader Attia born 1970 in France, lives and works in Berlin.
Kader Attia grew up in both Algeria and the suburbs of Paris, and uses this experience of living as a part of two cultures as a starting point to develop a dynamic practice that reflects on the aesthetics and ethics of different cultures. He takes a poetic and symbolic approach to exploring the wide-ranging repercussions of Western modern cultural hegemony and colonialism on non-Western cultures, investigating identity politics of historical and colonial eras, from Tradition to Modernity, in the light of our globalized world, of which he creates a genealogy.
For several years, his research has focused on the concept of Repair, as a constant in Human Nature, of which the modern Western Mind and traditional extra-Occidental Thought have always had an opposite vision. From Culture to Nature, from gender to architecture, from science to philosophy, any system of life is an infinite process of repair.
Recent and coming exhibitions include “Sacrifice and Harmony”, a solo show at Museum für Moderne Kunst, Francfort, "Reason's Oxymorons" at the 66th Berlinale, Berlin, “The Injuries are Here” a solo show at the Musée Cantonal des Beaux Arts de Lausanne, “Culture, Another Nature Repaired”, a solo show at the Middelheim Museum, Antwerp, “Contre Nature”, a solo show at the Beirut Art Center, “Contested Terrains” at Tate Modern, London, “Repair. 5 Acts”, a solo show at KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin, “Construire, Déconstruire, Reconstruire: Le Corps Utopique”, a solo show at Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Biennale of Dakar, dOCUMENTA(13) in Kassel, “Performing Histories (1)” at MoMA, New York. He received the Marcel Duchamp Prize in 2016.