This retrospective of the artist Lars Fredrikson came about through a collaboration with the NMNM, the New National Museum of Monaco. Here, major hitherto unseen works by the artist and pieces borrowed from important public and private collections have been shown together for the first time.
Born in Sweden, Lars Fredrikson settled in the south of France in 1960. A tireless curious and skilfully inventive artist, he created a unique and sensitive universe developed through poetry, plastic experimentation, Far Eastern philosophy and modern technology.
His research was rooted in the Zeitgeist: like Nam June Paik, Fredrikson explored very early on the plastic potential of television—and electronics generally, while his research into invisible structures and randomness appears strikingly close to the work of John Cage. These practices were connected by a single pursuit: to render flows that are usually invisible—be they energy, telluric, sidereal or interior—perceptible.
The exhibition opened with the cosmic dimension of “kinetic” works and inox sculptures before segueing into collages and drawings by fax through to sound installations, of which Fredrikson was one of the pioneers. The show shed a light on his affinities with the Maeght Foundation, his multiple collaborations with poets and, not least, his involvement with the Villa Arson where he set up the very first sound studio at an art school in France, thereby influencing several generations of sound artists right up until today. In this way, the exhibition unveiled the current value of the artist’s research and how it still resonates with contemporary practices.
A collaboration between MAMAC & NMNN with the support of Lars Fredrikson Estate.
Lars Fredrikson is represented by in situ gallery.
Hélène Guenin, director of the MAMAC ; Rébecca François, conservation officer in MAMAC
Cristiano Raimondi, NMNM development and international projects manager ; Léa Dreyer, researcher