Olivier Mosset at MAMO Marseille

July 10, 2018

Olivier Mosset, MAMO, Christopher Grimes Gallery

Olivier Mosset: Untitled, installation view, MAMO, Marseile, France, 2018. Photo: We are content(s)

Olivier Mosset, MAMO, Christopher Grimes Gallery

Olivier Mosset: Untitled, installation view, MAMO, Marseile, France, 2018. Photo: We are content(s)

Olivier Mosset, MAMO, Christopher Grimes Gallery

Olivier Mosset: Untitled, installation view, MAMO, Marseile, France, 2018. Photo: We are content(s)

To celebrate the fifth anniversary of its opening in 2013, MAMO (Marseille Modulor) hosts an exhibition by Olivier Mosset—the sixth artist invited to MAMO since the inaugural exhibition by Xavier Veilhan and subsequent shows by Daniel Buren, Dan Graham, Felice Varini and Jean Pierre Raynaud. Mosset’s exhibition offers the sixth unique point of view on Le Corbusier’s Cité Radieuse, as well as its terrace and gymnasium which were transformed into an art center by designer Ora Ito. 

 

Untitled gathers two monumental monochrome works that embody the research in painting that Mosset has undertaken for the past forty years, as well as his Harley Davidson 74" Panhead (1957). For 50 years, Olivier Mosset has rigorously pursued his practice of deconstructing painting, begun in the 1960s alongside Daniel Buren, Michel Parmentier and Niele Toroni as part of B.M.P.T. Striving for a form of paintng that references only itself and its history as a medium, Mosset throws into question notions of craftsmanship, originality and the alleged uniqueness of each work. In so doing, he approaches the limits of painting itself.

 

Adorned with its shimmering coat of paint, Mosset's motorcycle offers a perfect transition to the new, monumental works specifically produced for the rooftop terrace of the Cité Radieuse. More accustomed to in-situ works that take the form of wall paintings, the terrace welcomes on this occasion two metal flats of 5 and 18 meters covered with a chameleon paint, baked to produce reflections in a unique tribute to the sun that bathes Marseille in the summer. Each step taken alongside these objects inspires reflections on ephemeral reality that contrast with the physical nature of the works: robust, immutable and tangible.

 

Mosset's installation is on view at MAMO through September 30.