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Contemporary Art | The Dynamo exhibition planned by Serge Lemoine for the Grand Palais in Paris is like returning to the future with 150 artists from 1913 to 2013 gathered in an anti-clockwise and psychedelic stroll through time.

Neon lights criss-cross as part of the ’Dynamo, A Century of Light and Movement in Art, 1913-2013’ exhibition © Fred Dufour / AFP
Neon lights criss-cross as part of the ’Dynamo, A Century of Light and Movement in Art, 1913-2013’ exhibition
© Fred Dufour / AFP

This back-to-front drawing exhibition begins with the younger generation, Ann Véronica Janssens, Saâdane Afif and Philippe Decrauzat, before showcasing historical artists Robert Delaunay, Marcel Duchamp and Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, with the Op Art generation, Victor Vasarely, Jesus Rafael Soto, Julio Le Parc, etc. thrown in between.
The suggested route, in labyrinth sections, plays games with the mind and havoc with the senses : be dazzled by http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Armleder John Armleder]’s neons, swallowed by Anish Kapoor’s concave mirrors, struck by Carsten Höller’s lights and rendered breathless in Ann Véronica Janssens’s cloud rooms.
The exhibition promotes the concept of perceptual consideration as a response to the latent desires of experience, interactivity and compulsory emotion. It resonates with the necessary movement of a rigid society, reminiscent of the avant-garde artists of the past who revolutionised the 20th century. Will this ghost train lead us to the 21st century?

Virginie Bertrand / Nina Rodrigues-Ely
Publié le 20/05/2013
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Neon lights criss-cross as part of the ’Dynamo, A Century of Light and Movement in Art, 1913-2013’ exhibition © Fred Dufour / AFP

Neon lights criss-cross as part of the ’Dynamo, A Century of Light and Movement in Art, 1913-2013’ exhibition
© Fred Dufour / AFP

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