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L'homme gris

Alex Bag, Darja Bajagić, Bianca Bondi, Christine Borland, Gast Bouschet, Christoph Büchel, Sarah Charlesworth, Jan Fabre, John Urho Kemp, Ragnar Kjartansson, Julien Langendorff, Elodie Lesourd, Tony Oursler, Andres Serrano, Sindre Foss Skancke, David Tibet, Iris Van Dongen, Gisèle Vienne, Marnie Weber, Jérôme Zonder
Benjamin Bianciotto

There is no doubt you have already come across him on a street corner, eaten at his side, laughed at his jokes, cried on his shoulder, admired his insights. Perhaps you haven't even noticed him, although he is always there, an aloof everyday presence, quite simply, anonymous. However, he has never shown you his true nature, you never realised he was wearing a mask, that this neighbour, this friend, this work colleague, this... anybody, could be the Devil in person. But aren't we constantly searching for him in others so as not to find him in ourselves?

The L'homme gris exhibition explores non-archetypal representations of the Devil in contemporary art. Far from disappearing, his image has simply mutated, showing again his fascinating ability to adapt which has allowed him to pass through art history - and mankind - unabated. While the way in which he slips away, transforms, infiltrates allows him to claim an all-the-more dangerous, powerful, or liberating position, it offers artists two possible paths to explore. Their choice sways between the empty shell, the costume to don, the pure image, and an elusive and constant metamorphosis.

This exciting alternative evokes, or perhaps, invokes, reflective illusions or the use of anonymity as strategic weapons; reveals the evil internalisation in man, and his unbearable banality; questions the boundaries between the visible and the invisible, disguise and mass; and aspires to rekindle a dark flamboyance. Creation leans, therefore, to span philosophical, economic, political, aesthetic, and moral fields. 

This banner casts a shadow: the one in capital letters by C. G. Jung, the one left by the worrying flight of the fallen angel, the one hiding the light and plunging the world into a morose, impassive grey, a shroud; the one, in particular, which Peter Schlemihl sold to 'the grey man', and which allows him, the hapless outcast, to understand and admire - a real parable of art - the wonders of this world.

L'homme gris: The publication and audio cassette

In addition to the multifaceted projects that have been added to the exhibition over the months, now comes the release of an audio cassette and a bilingual publication, the latter containing the contributions of Andres Serrano, Bianca Bondi, Catherine Guesde, Darja Bajagic, David Tibet, Élodie Lesourd, Gast Bouschet, Gisèle Vienne, Iris Van Dongen, Jan Fabre, Jérôme Zonder, Julien Langendorff, Marnie Weber, Nathanaëlle-Eléonore Hauguel, Ragnar Kjartansson, Romain Barbot, Sindre Foss Skancke and Stephen O'Malley.

The cassette includes musical creations by Saåad, Élodie Lesourd, Stephen O ’Malley, NVK, Marnie Weber, Cigvë, Neuromancienne, Julien Langendorff & Lori Sean Berg, Aaron Turner, Édouard S. Lamothe and Sindre Foss Skancke.

Cassette (10 eur) and publication (25 eur) are available exclusively at the Casino Luxembourg.

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