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2019

Lars Fredrikson

Lars Fredrikson

Lars Fredrikson – Mousse Publishing; Nouveau Musée National de Monaco, 2019
Book direction: Cristiano Raimondi/Floriane Spinetta; Hélène Guenin/Rébecca François, Prefaces H.R.H. The Princess of Hanover, Christian Estrosi, texts Marie-Claude Beaud/Hélène Guenin, Rébecca François, Eva Fabbris, Michael Doser, Jonas (J) Magnusson, Eléonore Bak, Léa Dreyer, 288 p., ill. 27 cm. 978-2-9560210-6-3
MAMAC: 16 November 2019-22 March 2020
Language: Bilingual French-English
30 euros


Lars Fredrikson’s work has been rediscovered over the last ten years without any major event having been organized to date.
Tireless researcher and skilled craftsman, Lars Fredrikson invents a sensitive and singular universe nourished by poetry, plastic experiments and the technologies of his time. A quest connects these practices: to make perceptible energy, telluric, sidereal or interior flows normally invisible.
The exhibition organised at MAMAC and the catalogue produced by the NMNM – Nouveau Musée National de Monaco constitute the first moment of a retrospective and global look at the work. The catalogue, accompanied by a CD, is the very first published reference work on the artist.

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2019

Devil in the Flesh

Le diable au corps – Paris, In Fine éditions d’Art, 2019
Prefaces Christian Estrosi, Jean-Jacques Aillagon;
Direction : Hélène Guenin and Pauline Mari, Arnauld Pierre, Bertrand Tillier, Thomas Schlesser, 144 p., ill.
ISBN 978902302055
Language: French
MAMAC: 17 May -29 September 2019
28 euros


« Le Diable au corps » plunges the reader into the heart of a passionate story between two arts, punctuated by persiflages and misunderstandings, reciprocal sublimations, pop or baroque births, collaborations or plagiarism.

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2018

Bernar Venet. The Conceptual Years 1966-1976

Bernar Venet. The Conceptual Years 1966-1976 – Paris, Editions Dilecta, 2019.
Editorial direction: Alexandre Quoi
Preface Christian Estrosi, texts Hélène Guenin, Alexandre Quoi, Catherine Millet, Erik Verhagen, 336 p., ill. 30.5 cm. 9782373720655
MAMAC: 12 October 2018-24 March 2019
40 euros


Bernar Venet’s monographic catalogue “The conceptual years 1966-1976” proposes for the very first time to explore an under-explored period of the artist’s work, which begins in Nice and finds its deployment in the United States.

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2018

Cosmogonies. Au gré des éléments

Cosmogonies, au gré des éléments

COSMOGONIES. Au gré des éléments.- Ghent, Snoeck Editor, Nice, MAMAC, 2018
Preface Christian Estrosi,
Book direction : Hélène Guenin
texts Kenneth White, Hélène Guenin, Colette Garraud, Camille Paulhan, Hélène Meisel, Rébecca François, 176 p., ill. 28.5 cm. ISBN 9789461614735
Language: French
MAMAC: 9 June – 16 September 2018
29 euros


Summoning the elements, capturing the invisible links that unite the components of the universe, grasping the processes of erosion, imprinting, crystallization, revealing the burning of the sun… Between fantasy of dominating the elements and creative humility of laissez-faire, recourse to nature and its manifestations has crossed different generations of artists since the early 1960’s. This catalogue collects the works of about fifty artists who ” pick up ” wind, light and pollen. Inhabited by an acute awareness of the fragility of the natural order, these practices draw a plea for the environment and a call to listen to and feel the secret life of the universe.

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2017

About Nice. 1947-1977

A propos de nice 1947-1977

A propos de Nice. 1947-1977.- Paris, Somogy éditions d’art, 2017
Exhibition and catalogue curated by: Hélène Guenin assisted by Rébecca François, Mamac
Prefaces Christian Estrosi and Jean-Jacques Aillagon, texts Hélène Guenin and Rebecca François; Géraldine Gourbe and Florence Ostende; Julia Robinson; Béatrice Joyeux-Prunel; Eric de Backer; Anna Dezeuze; Rosemary O’Neil; chronology Elodie Antoine, 200 p., ill., ISBN 97827572 1286 8
Language : French
MAMAC: 23 June – 22 October 2017
25 euros


Nice, 1947: three young men on the beach share the world between themselves.
Yves Klein takes the blue of the sky, Arman seizes the land and its riches while the air goes to the poet Claude Pascal.
From this mythical and casual pact is born a constellation of gestures and encounters that will change the history of art.
In Paris, in 1977, the Centre Pompidou celebrated the artistic emulation of Nice by entrusting the exhibition “About Nice” to one of the actors of this epic: Ben.
In 2017, MAMAC returned to the emergence of this artistic scene, its charismatic personalities and the revolution in gestures, attitudes and forms they announced.

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2017

Gustav Metzger. Remember nature

Gustav Metzger, remember nature

Gustav Metzger. Remember nature – Milano, Silvana Editoriale, 2017
Prefaces Christian Estrosi and Ludovic Cardon; texts Hélène Guenin, Bénédicte Ramade; interview Gustav Metzger/Mathieu Copeland,
With the support of les Amis du MAMAC
96 p., ill., ISBN 9782358030168
MAMAC: 11 February -14 May 2017
15 euros


The catalogue « Gustav Metzger. Remember Nature » accompanies the retrospective devoted to the artist by MAMAC. As early as 1960, Metzger developed a reflection and artistic experiments on the downsides of consumer society and the ecological issues that remain highly relevant today. The book includes essays by Hélène Guenin, curator and director of MAMAC, and Bénédicte Ramade, art historian and specialist in art and ecology, as well as an unpublished interview with the artist by Mathieu Copeland, curator. The artist’s Manifestos are entirely reproduced and translated to shed additional light on his work.

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2016

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Ernest Pignon-Ernest

Ernest Pignon-Ernest. De traits en empreintes – Paris, Gallimard, 2016
Prefaces Christian Estrosi, Hélène Guenin; texts Marie-José Mondzain; Samantha Longhi; interview with Ernest Pignon-Ernest by Rébecca François, n.p., ill. 31 cm, ISBN 978-2072689482
[reproductions of works, postcards, facsimiles and booklets]
Language: French
MAMAC: June 25, 2016 – January 8, 2017
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This original publication, in the form of an “artist’s box”, accompanies the retrospective devoted to Ernest Pignon-Ernest by the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in his native town of Nice.
From the Albion plateau to Certaldo, from Charleville to Paris, from Naples to Algiers, from Nice to Soweto, from Chile to Palestine… Ernest Pignon-Ernest turns the streets of the world into ephemeral works of art. Some of his images, notably the Commune’s shootings and his wandering Rimbaud, reproduced in hundreds of thousands of copies, have become true icons of modern times.
A forerunner, as early as 1966, of what is now called “street art”, his interventions metamorphose, disrupt and reveal the places and events he has precisely chosen. “I don’t make works in situations,” says Ernest Pignon-Ernest, “I try to make work out of situations”.

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2016

Le Précieux pouvoir des pierres

Le précieux pouvoir des pierres

Le Précieux pouvoir des pierres – Milano, Silvana Editoriale, 2016
Preface Christian Estrosi, texts Malek Abbou; Rébecca François, 96 p., ill. 21 cm. ISBN 9788836632879
Edited with the support of Les Amis du MAMAC
MAMAC: 30 January-15 May 2016
16 euros


The catalogue « Le Précieux pouvoir des pierres » sheds light on the wonderland of minerals and their persistant attraction on contemporary artists.

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