After its debut appearance at Artissima, pal project has been listed as one of the 'best booths' at 'Italy's top fair for cutting-edge contemporary art' by ARTnews magazine.
At the booth, the Paris-based exhibition oriented research group La Méditerranée presented their project Zero
, which gathered artworks around an invaluable original poster of the Last Futurist Exhibition of Paintings 0,10. The exhibition unravelled artworks from established artists, such as Ilya Kabakov, as well as emerging artists Marcella Barceló, Mateo Revillo, and Edgar Sarin.
La Méditerranée was founded in the mid 2010s by artists Mateo Revillo and Edgar Sarin, and art historian Ulysse Geissler. The research group works on exhibitions as a medium itself and aims to theorize an euristic of the exhibition. La Méditerranée has presented group shows in France, Italy, U.S.A, Germany, Russia and Spain. Within each exhibition, La Méditerranée builds an in situ architecture ; forming throughout time a village that will be rebuilt altogether in a few years. La Méditerranée will, this time, build a charcoal bell tower in the middle of the booth. pal project has both exhibited Mateo Revillo and Edgar Sarin in his Paris based gallery and is happy to continue this collaboration with this new project.
Alike a hundred years old chronophotograph, this body of works has the will to express a civilisation’s continuance — birth, maturity, expiration —. The thread linking these works follows the conveyance of a utopian idea throughout a modern and then contemporary history, in which total break- up is never fully attained, in which beginning and end are not truly distinct. The 0,10 exhibition — whose poster will be part of the body of works presented — meant a moment for historic rupture, the destruction of the old world, the birth of a modern and radical movement. Kabakov casts a mature philosophical vision towards that heritage. His work is loaded with an existential disenchantment, alike Beckett’s. It resumes those ghosted forms, once before heroic. La Méditerranée, with a tower made out of coal blocks sealed with plaster, turns the typology of monuments as memorial elements into a consumed sculpture. The tower fierceness, a sort of symbol for modernity, is here consumed and yet still answers to a constructive will. With it, the work of Marcella Barceló, Mateo Revillo and Edgar Sarin relate
to utopian language too. A heritage of forms happens each time, between old and new worlds.
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With the support of the Centre national des arts plastiques (National Center for Visual Arts), France