Anne Imhof engages with the entire space of Palais de Tokyo in Paris to offer one of the strongest exhibitions currently on view in the world. Following her critically-acclaimed exhibitions at the 2017 Venice Biennale and consequent Tate Tanks show in 2019, Imhof creates a multi-layered bubble which mixes heavy metal, fragility and nostalgia within the vast and daunting rooms of the Paris contemporary art institution.
After training in Frankfurt am Main at the Hochschule für Bildende Künste-Städelschule, one of Germany’s most prestigious art schools, while immersed in the city’s club and music scene, the artist has established herself over a decade as a prominent figure in contemporary art through her radical work mixing performances, bodily evocations, and paintings.
Within the raw structure of the Palais de Tokyo, stripped down to its fragile carcass with its topography exposed, she juxtaposes her conceptual framework, based on her love for artist and performer Eliza Douglas, with other artists including Cy Twombly, Adrian Villar Rojas, Wolfgang Tillmans, Sigmar Polke and Mike Kelley among many other important cultural figures.
Haunted by painting, the fleeting cycle of life and the disruptions of the present moment, she composes therein her Natures Mortes [still lifes]-memento mori to the here and now. The open scene features parcours among darkness, ephemera, spleen, abstraction and figuration to contemplate ideas of tempus fugit and underground cultures.
Anne Imhof was born in 1978 in Giessen, Germany. She lives and works in Berlin and Frankfurt (Germany).
The exhibition is an absolute must-see.
Images: Anne Imhof, Natures Mortes (2021), exhibition view, Palais de Tokyo, Paris, Photo: Andrea Rossetti, Courtesy of the artist, Galerie Buchholz and Sprüth Magers.
Thank you Marjolaine Arpin for all your help and support visiting the exhibition.