Pierre et Gilles, Marie-France, 1980 © Pierre et Gilles

L’esprit français – Contre-cultures 1969-1989

Feb 24, 2017 — May 21, 2017

la maison rouge - fondation antoine de galbert

10, boulevard de la Bastille
75012 paris
T +33 (0)1 40 01 08 81

Beginning February 24th 2017, La maison rouge presents “L’esprit français – Countercultures 1969-1989”, a thematic group exhibition that draws on research by its curators Guillaume Désanges and François Piron.
France as a country doesn’t like itself, yet invariably sees itself as being at the center of a self-reflexive, self-celebrating cultural model.
From narrative Figuration to the hardcore graphics of Bazooka, from Les editions Champs Libre to the first “radio libres” ( a form of pirate radio), from Hara-kiri to Bérurier Noir, the exhibition looks at the formation of this critical, irreverent, dissenting “ French spirit” by proposing a multitude of crossovers and affinities. The purpose of its invocation of once marginalized ideas and practices is to shed a non-nostalgic light on cultural mutations, but also bring a certain form of energy back to life.

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