CURA.

L’HOMME GRIS
Curated by Benjamin Bianciotto

Casino Luxembourg, Luxembourg
November 14 – January 31, 2021

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Text by Benjamin Bianciotto

There is no doubt you have already come across him on a street corner, eaten at his side, laughed at his jokes, cried on his shoulder, admired his insights. Perhaps you haven’t even noticed him, although he is always there, an aloof everyday presence, quite simply, anonymous. However, he has never shown you his true nature, you never realized he was wearing a mask, that this neighbor, this friend, this work colleague, this... anybody, could be the Devil in person. But are we not constantly searching for him in others so as not to find him in ourselves?

The L’homme Gris exhibition explores non-archetypal representations of the Devil in contemporary art. Far from disappearing, his image has simply mutated, showing again his fascinating ability to adapt which has allowed him to pass through art history – and mankind – unabated. While the way in which he slips away, transforms, infiltrates allows him to claim an all-the-more dangerous, powerful, or liberating position, it offers artists two possible paths to explore. Their choice sways between the empty shell, the costume to don, the pure image, and an elusive and constant metamorphosis.

Creation leans, therefore, to span philosophical, economic, political, aesthetic, and moral fields. This banner casts a shadow: the one in capital letters by C. G. Jung, the one left by the worrying flight of the fallen angel, the one hiding the light and plunging the world into a morose, impassive grey, a shroud; the one, in particular, which Peter Schlemihl sold to ‘the grey man’, and which allows him, the hapless outcast, to understand and admire – a real parable of art – the wonders of this world.

Artist(s): Alex Bag, Darja Bajagić, Bianca Bondi, Christine Borland, Gast Bouschet, Christoph Büchel, Sarah Charlesworth, Jan Fabre, John Urho Kemp, Ragnar Kjartansson, Julien Langendorff, Élodie Lesourd, Tony Oursler, Andres Serrano, Sindre Foss Skancke, David Tibet, Iris Van Dongen, Gisèle Vienne, Marnie Weber, Jérôme Zonder

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L’homme gris, Installation view, Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’art contemporain. Photo: Mike Zenari 
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L’homme gris, Installation view, Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’art contemporain. Photo: Mike Zenari 
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L’homme gris, Installation view, Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’art contemporain. Photo: Mike Zenari 
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Julien Langendorff, Secret Hell, 2018. Collage, acrylic on paper, 21,5 x 27 cm. Courtesy of the artist 
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L'Homme Gris at Casino Luxembourg. Marnie Weber, The Waterfall of Forevermore, 2013. Collage and acrylic paint on panel. Courtesy of the artist and Simon Lee Gallery 
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John Urho Kemp, The Mark of The Beast, October 1, 1999, 1999. Photocopy with pen and whiteout. Courtesy of Aram Muksian and Galerie Christian Berst 

Featured image: L’homme gris, Installation view, Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’art contemporain. Photo: Mike Zenari

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