Provisional installation in the media library of the Institut français
What happens to an exhibition of paintings once it is finished? Taken down, it is split up and each work is returned to its original museum. But this isn’t the case with smaller exhibitions, thematic exhibitions, educational exhibitions, exhibitions in libraries that are removed to a storeroom, without knowing whether the passing years will have a use for them.
In June 2010, the exhibition Les Métamorphoses [Metapmorphoses] by Jean Rigaud was exhibited in the media library. By 2015, the works in this exhibition were left within the heart of the space, in the middle of collections without being hung up or displayed. Left, abandoned, and not hung, the public felt obliged to ask questions about the ownership of a painting, or even of its appropriation.
A reader interested in a painting can keep it for themselves. An orange dot is then put on the table as in a gallery. It offers the reader the chance to return the day the exhibition closes to retrieve the painting. The exhibition is thus transformed and takes all its meaning from the very act of disappearance, which subsequently becomes an act of ownership.
More than a recycling scheme, this attempt to make the pictures at an exhibition disappear is regarded as an experiment that poses the following question: what becomes of these paintings that are delivered, without a protection scheme and without equipment to hang them?