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18 Sep 2009

Renee Green. Ongoing Becomings at Musee cantonal des Beaux-Arts/Lausanne

© Renée Green, Endless Dreams and Water Between, 2009
Installation. Média mixte, dimensions variables
Courtesy of the artist, Free Agent Media and le National Maritime Museum, Greenwich

Renée Green. Ongoing Becomings. Rétrospective 1989-2009


September 19, 2009 – January 3, 2010

Friday, September 18, 2009, 6.30 pm

+41 21 316 34 45
+41 21 316 34 46

Palais de Rumine
Place Riponne 6
CH - 1014 Lausanne

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The Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts of Lausanne is presenting the first retrospective of the work of Renée Green (*1959) from the 1980s to the present day. Paintings, photographs, multimedia installations, films, videos and sound pieces are displayed in a presentation reflecting the different periods of her output and the tendencies they are linked to.

Devised in close collaboration with Renée Green, the exhibition will make it possible to appreciate the range and exceptional richness of the works produced by the artist over more than twenty years. It brings together major pieces, including Neutral/Natural (1990), Seen (1990), Commemorative Toile (1993), Partially Buried in Three Parts (1996-97), Some Chance Operations (1998-99), Wavelinks (2002-04), and Endless Dreams and Water Between (2009), in a non-chronological sequence punctuated by color and sound.

Educated in New York and at Harvard, Renée Green who has worked both in Europe and the United States generally devises her works in connection with a specific place, questioning its visible or repressed history, whether it is in Lisbon, Berlin, Amsterdam, Naples, New York or Los Angeles. The artist allies thoughts arising from post-colonial criticism to the artistic procedures inherited from Conceptual and Post-Minimal art to ask about the place of the subject in history and tackle the question of identities and their possible fluctuations. In a constant back and forth between documentary and fiction, she articulates personal and collective memory, individual histories – her own, those of other people – and historical events, questioning the implications of movements, displacements and geographical positions over the course of time, and calling on us to answer questions about vision and perception – those we form of the world, history, ourselves, and others.

Publication Renée Green. Ongoing Becomings, a bilingual monographic reference catalogue (French / English) is published by the Museum with newly commissioned texts by Nora Alter, Diedrich Diederichsen, Kobena Mercer, Catherine Quéloz, Gloria Sutton, Elvan Zabunyan, and an interview between Juliane Rebentisch and Renée Green, and a systematic, illustrated chronology. JRP Ringier, Zurich, 2009.
Price: CHF 50.- / 35 Euros, after the exhibition : CHF 60.- /40 Euros

Tuesday to Wednesday 11.00 am to 6.00 pm
Thursday 11.00 am to 8.00 pm
Friday to Sunday 11.00 am to 5.00 pm
Closed on Monday, 25.12.2009 and 01.01.2010


Thursdays at the MCBA
Guided Tours in French

October 8, at 6.30 pm
November 5, at 6.30 pm
November 26, at 6.30 pm
December 10, at 6.30pm

Guided Tour for the Friends of the Museum

Thursday, October 1, at 6.30 pm by Nicole Schweizer

Public lecture
November 12, at 6.30 pm, salle du Sénat, Palais de Rumine
By Elvan Zabunyan, Maître de conferences en histoire de l'art contemporain, Université de Rennes

Week-ends at the MCBA

From October 17, to December 20.
Every Saturday and Sunday from 3 to 5 pm, students from the Research Master in Critical Curatorial Cybermedia from the Geneva University of Art and Design are available to share discussions and answer visitors' questions about the works on display.

Children at the MCBA
A children's discovery-guide is available at the front desk of the museum upon request

Museum Night at the MCBA
September 26, 2 pm to 2 am
Tours of the exhibition and
Sound Worshop for children aged 8 to 12
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Schools at the MCBA

Wednesday 23, at 12.30 am
Special guided tour for teachers
Registration required by phone or by e-mail, entrance free

Every Thursdays and Fridays

Free guided tours for classes
Registration required by phone, fax or e-mail

Private Guided Tours at the MCBA

Private guided tours (french and english) are available for groups up to 25 people on request by letter, fax or e-mail. Price: CHF 120.- + admission charges.

'Hors les murs'
Festival des Urbaines – Can't Forget What I Don't Remember
In association with the exhibition Renée Green. Ongoing Becomings, « Les Urbaines – Festival des créations émergentes » organizes an exhibition with works by several contemporary artists who tackle questions of identity and memory.
Address : Circuit – Centre d'art contemporain, 9, av. de Montchoisi, 1001 Lausanne
Opening hours: December 4, 6–10 pm; December 5, 3-10 pm; December 6, 12–6 pm
The exhibition will also be open from December 7 to 19 on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 2 to 6 pm, and upon request until January 3, 2010.
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