Danser Sa Vie Exhibiting the Ephemeral

February 12, 2013 | By French Culture
Image: Emil Nolde, Tänzerin mit violettem Schleier (Danseuse au voile violet) © CA 1920-1925 Neukirchen Stiftung Seebüll Ada und Emil Nolde photo. Nolde Stiftung Seebuell

In recent years contemporary art museums and galleries have show shown an increasing interest in the performative arts, from Marina Abramović: The Artist is Present and On Line at the Museum of Modern Art in New York to Move at the Hayward Gallery in London and Trisha Brown at the Whitney Museum.

Curators have developed unique solutions to exhibiting ephemeral works, going beyond simply displaying photos and documents to incorporate live performance in gallery spaces more often dedicated to static artworks. Danser Sa Vie, the first major exhibition devoted to dance at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, expands upon these innovations in an attempt to give a broad view of the history of dance while reinserting into the history of modern art. Incorporating video and live performance, painting, sculpture, and photography, the exhibition continues the Pompidou’s tradition of bringing diverse disciplines together in one exhibition while demonstrating the complex interconnections between dance and the visual arts.

Collaborations between artists and choreographers like Isamu Noguchi and Martha Graham, Robert Rauschenberg and Merce Cunningham, and Sol Lewitt and Lucinda Childs are well-known, but this exhibition explores more sublte and wide-ranging connections, showing the influence of modern dance on the work of artists like Pablo Picasso, Emile Nolde and the visual arts impact on the work of choreographers from Isidora Duncan to Jerome Bel.

Centre Pompidou

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