Political, poetic, committed, profound: Jean-Michel Alberola’s oeuvre is an artist’s reaction to reality, human feelings and the state of the world. His exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo triggers a voyage that stimulates the eye and the mind as it maps the underappreciated diversity of his work. Associating bodily and geographical fragments with ambiguous statements and injunctions, this major and utterly distinctive figure on the French art scene shapes rebuses that challenge both our way of seeing and the role of art in society. And yet, in its intermingling of artistic speculation and political questioning, and of conceptualism, abstraction and figuration, Alberola’s unique, hard-hitting oeuvre is never without its touch of humour.
Book contents - “Adding Up the Details: Chapter 1”: A text by Jean-Michel Alberola. - “The Crossing and the Passeur”: A conversation between Jean-Michel Alberola and Katell Jaffrès, curator of Jean-Michel Alberola’s solo exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo. - “He Who is Taking Himself by Surprise”: An essay by Dominique Païni.
About the authors - Katell Jaffrès is a curator at the Palais de Tokyo. - Dominique Païni is a critic, a writer and a curator. He has written numerous publications focusing on the connection between cinema and fine arts.Book published on the occasion of Jean-Michel Alberola’s solo exhibition at the Palais de Tokyo, “L’Aventure des détails” 19.02 – 16.05 2016