Hubert Renard
Hubert Renard, Catalogue raisonné, 1969-1998

New Edition mfc - michèle didier

Hubert Renard - Catalogue raisonné, 1969-1998 by Alain Farfall
Introductory notes by Marion Gagneure
300 x 220 mm, 420 pages
Hard cover
Edition of 400 copies
Translated in english by Aimée Van Vliet
Cover image by Herbert Fuchs after Portrait of the Artist as a Young Mexican, artist’s archives
Printed and bound by Snel
Produced and published by mfc-michèle didier in 2020
©2020 Hubert Renard & mfc-michèle didier

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Exhibition November, 2020 / January, 2021

We are pleased to invite you to the second exhibition of Hubert Renard at The Gallery, on the occasion of the publication of Hubert Renard - Catalogue raisonné, 1969-1998 prefaced by Alain Farfall and produced in house.
The work of Hubert Renard is ubiquitous in the sense that it exists simultaneously at different moments in time, in the different periods in which it is inscribed, but also through the different facets of his persona and the reflection it sets up. Like Schrodinger's cat, his work is both dead and alive, in progress but also finished, and the presence of the artist himself is often manifested... by his absence. In a sense, one could say that it is based on the classical aesthetic bases of "re-presentation", constantly playing on the disorder of the disappearance and appearance of its subject. The artist, the work and its model are merged, and like the myth of Dibutade, the model is present then absent, the work is valid for him and functions as a sign, at the same time index and icon.

The exhibition at galerie mfc-michèle didier will present, in addition to the catalogue raisonné, an emblematic work by Hubert Renard, La Chaise, listed at number #181 of the catalogue.  This wooden sculpture, which was part of the "Meubles de Krefeld" series presented in 1991 at the Kunsthalle Krefeld, has mysteriously disappeared after the exhibition.  It has since became an iconic piece of the artist's work, and a restorer of art furniture, Cloé Beaugrand, has been commissioned to reconstruct it from archive images. The exhibition will also present different works featuring the famous portrait of the artist as a young Mexican. The exhibition will take place from November 2020 to January 2021.

Excerpt of the Text by Alain Farfall:

"Hubert Renard’s work (...) focuses his attention on the artwork’s condition of being in the world, starting from its material structure and its constants, producing varied projects on the work of art in the age of its technological reproducibility.

He then turned to the manipulation of the press, the use of photography and brings together various autonomous artworks to create installations within the museum space, which became his trademark, so to speak. Whether he is exploring or questioning, Hubert Renard is constantly weighing up the stereotypes surrounding the artist and the artefact, the commentator and the viewer, the institution and the alternative space.

At the opposite extreme from Une monographie’s fertile disorder, the catalogue raisonné’s chronological order and nominal approach mean that this publication should not be seen as a faithful emanation of Renard’s gesture in book form. Taken separately from the rest of his work, the artworks here crystallise succession, direction and structural and chronological developments. The artist’s career becomes an enumeration of specific objects, step by step. However, as we shall see, the peculiarities of the catalogue raisonné not only reveal the characteristics of the artist’s work, but constitute an unprecedented analysis, an extraordinary review, confirming not only that this exploratory tool was necessary to his work, but that it in fact constitutes an essential reference framework.

But what is a catalogue raisonné? It is the presentation of the work of an artist, by categorising their complete works rather than telling the story of their evolution, in a synchronic, not diachronic mode. An inventory of their work, used by professionals in the art world: museum curators and their assistants, cultural administrators, historians, gallery owners and commissioning officers, collectors, critics, agents, restorers, patrons, teachers, experts, documentarians and all of their interns. Generally speaking, the catalogue raisonné may be useful to any fan of an artist’s work, providing them with a complete and organised overview, or to provide some access to pieces that are often scattered around the world, sometimes inaccessible because they are stored in private collections, or because they have never left the artist’s studio or been reproduced anywhere,13 to discover detailed information or significant anecdotes. However, it should be noted that the catalogue raisonné has met with only limited success among the general public, and it is a good idea to ask why that is."