Denis Savary and Sarah Slappey | Inventaire | MAMCO Genève


group show


January 26 - July 7, 2021


The crisis we've been experiencing since the emergence of the Covid-19 virus, and the nature of the measures taken by governments to combat its circulation, have profoundly altered the way MAMCO operates since March 2020. Not only its programs, but also its operations. Cut off, for several months, from its mission of welcoming and educating the public; forced, even today, to constantly reorganize its activities; invited, by the societal changes taking shape, to rethink its working methods, its priorities have been completely reorganized.
Firstly, we wanted to honor our commitments to artists, teams and partners, so projects scheduled for 2020 have been postponed to the second half of 2021 and the first of 2022.
Secondly, we have concentrated on tasks relating to the museum's collection. After completing the inventory of the collection in 2019, we began the process of compiling it and putting it online. Since July 2020, almost half the collection has been available for consultation on our website, and we will continue to add new bodies of work as the months go by.

From January to summer 2021, we invite you to rediscover this collection, in the context of a physical "inventory" involving all the museum's curators - according to a plural methodology that refers to the constitution of this ensemble.
The exhibition is structured around collective and historical presentations, punctuated by monographic rooms.
The aim is to affirm the role played by MAMCO in the creation of a collective heritage in Switzerland and to offer a journey through the artistic movements of the second half of the 20th century, while at the same time shedding new light on the representative bodies of work held by the museum.
From minimal and conceptual art to the Fluxus movement, from "Body Art" to the appropriation of the 1970s and 1980s, from the legacy of abstraction to the return of figuration in recent decades, the historical sweep also allows us to return to questions of theatricality in the visual arts, the reflection on architecture and urban space carried out by artists since the 1960s or the "liquid becoming", to use Zygmunt Bauman's expression, of images at the turn of the 21st century.


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