Art for the end of the world, at Palais de Tokyo, Paris

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“Imagining the worst conceivable tomorrows gives me tremendous pleasure at the artistic level,” he also said. He presents scenes of apocalyptic, whimpering, cataclysmic and drawn-out finality. Lightning, artificial weather and lifelike artifice are elements of Sugimoto’s theme. There are a small number of Sugimoto’s own photographs inside the exhibition but many others „things“ composing scenes. One is a 13th-century carved sculpture of Kaminari-sama, the Shinto god of thunder, rescued from a ruined house. Even a collection of Barbie dolls is used to give sense. Real space-program vessels for astronauts’ pee and poo, an enormous stone phallus on a gurney, odd confabulations that refer to the works of Marcel Duchamp and Warhol, all are upon the generic theme of the apocalypse. Sugimoto , who is known for producing photographs serving as a time capsule for a series of events in time, has exhibited extensively in major museums and galleries throughout the world. This exhibition ( „art for the end of the world“)  is at the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, until 7 September.

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