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"Art Is Art"
1999-06-12 until 2000-02-27
Musee d'ethnographie de Neuchatel
To approach art today comes back to a drawing closer to the
many places where art is created, discussed, shown, justified
and sold. Indispensable complements of artists and works,
these places do not constitute simple social spaces but
create a system, in partnership with architecture,
scenography, actors, the public, strategies and specific
discourse. They co-exist in chapels, evolve into networks, and
maintain complementary or rival relations.
The exhibition art is art places on certain among them an
ethnographic glance which attempts to escape from a
perception that is too limited and exclusive of the domain and
of artistic phenomena. Museums, centers and galleries of art
but also apartments, workshops, warehouses and sales
outlets are thus associated without order or sequence to
produce an effect of confrontation and disclosure which
remains without a doubt the first vocation of museography.