The Fountain Archives
September 11, 2015 - circa 2017
mfc-michèle didier starts its 2015-2016 exhibition program with the presentation of the work The Fountain Archives by Saâdane Afif. Fountain is known as the most controversial artwork in modern art history. It is thus not a coincidence that Saâdane Afif chooses this ready-made imagined by Marcel Duchamp in 1917 to make a very special collection, consisting of all the publications in which the famous urinal has been reproduced.
The Fountain Archives gather a multitude of torn pages, on which the reproduction is visible; all are framed individually. Because of the repetition of this motive, the whole series becomes a new artwork, revealing a contemporary perspective on the way the history and the myths of art are made. This exhibition announces the publication of the entirety of Saâdane Afif’s Fountain Archives by mfc-michèle didier in 2017, for the celebration of the Centennial of Marcel Duchamp’s work.
September 11 - October 31, 2015
it is not a coincidence that, in paralel with the presentation of The Fountain Archives by Saâdane Afif, mfc-michèle didier has decided to invite Jazon Frings. His questionning of the nature of art goes beyond the questions raised by the ready-made. For JaZoN Frings, artworks take the form of stock products. The artist creates stock shares linked to his own life: the concept of the stock market is called into question, opening greater perspectives than its current status of a playground for a select few.
By putting into place his proper value systems, he directly confronts the rational ideas of contemporary economics. When quantifiable economies are discarded, when life’s absurdities become the crucial point for determining value, more doesn’t always have to be better than less.