born in 1961, in Liberty, New York
Zoe LeonardZoe Leonard’s practice involves a type of cerebral roaming combined with carefully considered observation. For more than 20 years she has criss-crossed nature and culture, cityscapes and museums, always searching for signs that say something about structures, about natural and cultural conditions and the contradictions, parallels and connections among them. Leonard's photographs – of anatomical wax figures, fashion shows, trees and fences – present figures in sparse black-and-white images that open up a visual field of thought and reveal within it our visible world, that is, the concrete and established structures that make up our reality.
At documenta 9 in Kassel Leonard created a stir with her placement of black-and-white photographs of female genitalia in the context of a male-dominated museum. The ...
La prison Saint-Anne à Avignon accueille une exposition d'art contemporain majeure
A partir du 18 mai prochain seront rendus visibles au public les 12 000 mètres carré de la prison Saint-Anne, construite à Avignon à la fin du XVIIIème siècle et désaffectée depuis 2003. Saint-Anne avait fait l'objet de nombreux débats politiques quant à son sort futur. Récemment, elle a été choisie pour recevoir les œuvres de la Collection Lambert, du nom de son fondateur Yvon Lambert, en attendant la fin des travaux dans le musée qui les accueille en temps normal.
Ce déplacement a donné naissance à l'exposition La disparition des lucioles, les œuvres d'Yvon Lambert ayant investies les cellules et les couloirs de Saint-Anne, complétées par celles d'autres...
Les "true stories" de la photographie américaine
American photography forms an extensive and simultaneously top-quality focal point in the collection, of which a selected overview is now being exhibited for the first time. The main interest of young photographers, who have been examining changes in political, social and ecological aspects of everyday American life since the late 1960s, has been the American social landscape. Oscillating between individual world views, analytical stock-taking and conceptual strategies, they have developed new stylistic devices that define a pictorial style perceived as genuinely American.
Whereas Lee Friedlander, Garry Winogrand, Robert Adams, Lewis Baltz and Larry Clark, who are now considered classical modern photographers, have remained true to black-and-white photography, William Eggleston and Stephen Shore in particular have...
Sven Johne: Reports from the Crack of Dawn / Deutsche Börse Photography Prize 2010The solo exhibition SVEN JOHNE: REPORTS FROM THE CRACK OF DAWN brings together several of the artist's most important series of works from the past seven years and offers an opportunity to comprehensively explore the conceptual exactitude of his artistic methodology.
Sven Johne (born 1976 on Rügen) pursues a conceptual approach to documentary photography. Like an investigative reporter he explores various social phenomena, researches background information, visits the places relevant to his story, and embarks on a documentation of these sites. The result is photos, texts, videos, and archives, which raise questions in terms of their authenticity. Oftentimes it is the brief dispatches and sideline reports from local newspapers – on things such as suicides, ships lost at sea, or killing sprees – that p...
Che cosa sono le nuvole? Artworks from the Enea Righi CollectionThe Museion venue welcomes the Righi Collection, one of the most significant private collections of contemporary art, which to date has only been exhibited at the Collection Lambert in Avignon, France. The arrival of the collection represents an important exhibition opportunity for Museion, thanks to a ten year deposit of works in the museum.
The presentation of a selection of works from the Righi Collection aims to elicit reflections on the encounter between the public dimension and the intimate sphere of a private collection. The artists present in both collections, including Roni Horn (NY, 1955), Jana Sterback (Prague, 1955), Robert Barry (NY, 1936), Alighiero Boetti (Turin 1940 – Rome 1994) and Miroslaw Balka (Warsaw, 1958) represent the numerous convergences of vision between the museum and the private coll...
Zoe Leonard PhotographsZoe Leonard -- Photographs
For more than twenty years, the American artist Zoe Leonard (born in 1961, in Liberty, New York) has been practicing the art of the contemplative journey and the perceptive gaze. She trawls through nature and culture, through the (urban) landscape and the world of museums, in search of signs that might give some insight into their contrasts, similarities and inter-relationships. In her photographs, as we look down at the Niagara Falls, we see the rushing waters pour into a massive cleft in the earth's crust; we see railway tracks sweeping across the globe; we see the patterns of modern urban existence, work and life pressed into right angles and tubes. We find ourselves looking at maps and anatomical models, peering into showcases, museums and shops, watching the gender struggle, the structu...