BON TRAVAIL

EXHIBITION

Opening Night 02.03.2013 // 18:00-21:00

How do artists view the role of work in our society? What part does work play in our lives? In the 'Bon Travail' exhibition ten artists question the position of the apparent opposite poles of ‘work’ and ‘non-work’ (or free time). With bittersweet humour they stand up for the right to be lazy. Their seemingly pointless but playful actions illustrate the fact that work can be utterly absurd, or show that compulsory work can be deployed as an instrument of political power that leads to subjection. Ranging from the spectacular to the intimate, the exhibition interprets labour as a (political) performance. The notion of ‘non-work’ is considered to be of equal worth, as a factor for freedom that contributes to the quantity and quality of both the product of work and of life itself. 'Bon Travail' presents a number of the works used in 'brouillon' in a completely different context: the ‘fixed’ layout of an exhibition.

Works by Boris Chouvellon, Joana Hadjithomas & Khalil Joreige, Pierre Leguillon, Gustav Metzger, Jean-Luc Moulène, Hans Op de Beeck, Jean-Gabriel Périot, Mladen Stilinović, Roberto Verde & Geraldine Py, Angel Vergara Santiago.

Curated by Ive Stevenheydens (Argos) in collaboration with Boris Charmatz and Martina Hochmuth (Musée de la danse).

'Bon Travail' is a co-production of Argos, Kaaitheater & Musée de la danse.

We thank : The Artists, Belgacom Art, Branka Stipančić ́, Gb Agency, Frac Champagne-Ardenne, Ana Janevski, Jennifer Tobias, David Senior / MoMa, Mihnea Mircan, Berno Odo Polzer, Walter Seidl, Georg Schöllhammer And Hedwig Saxenhuber / Springerin, Team Musée de la danse, Eva Wittocx.

Musée de la danse / Centre chorégraphique national de Rennes et de Bretagne - Direction : Boris Charmatz. Association subventionnée par le ministère de la Culture et de la Communication (Direction Régionale des Affaires Culturelles / Bretagne), la Ville de Rennes, le Conseil régional de Bretagne et le Conseil général d'Ille-et-Vilaine.




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Mladen Stilinović, 'Artist at Work', 1978. Courtesy of the Artist.Angel Vergara Santiago, 'La sortie des usines VW', 1987Gustav Metzger, To Crawl Into — Anschluss, Vienna, March 1938 (1996), from retrospective exhibition at the Serpentine Gallery, London. Boris Chouvellon,  ‘Sans Titre’, 2009. Courtesy of the Artist.