This major exhibition, the first collaborative undertaking between the Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris and the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, provides a critical, retrospective survey of the work of internationally renowned Québec artist David Altmejd.
His spectacular sculptures, meticulously crafted out of a wide assortment of components and materials, draw on a hybrid, cumulative aesthetic to conjure up the powerful forces of decay and regeneration, and to establish a metaphorical dialectic between the human world and the animal realm.
Universal in its scope, Altmejd’s work merges the self and the other in the constant,repeated echo of the mirror image and the intensity of the primal, human, animal presence at different moments in the cycle of life.
The presentation at the Musée features some thirty works produced over the last fifteen years, in addition to a new, site-specific piece. The exhibition was organized by the Musée d’art moderne de la Ville de Paris / Paris Musées and the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal.
Josée Bélisle, Curator of the Collections