“SUBLIME” shown at Pompidou Metz invites the viewer to a journey through time and space, a full experience of nature’s power.
Be prepared to dive into Laurent Grasso’s volcanic eruptions, to suffocate into Victor Hugo’s abysses, to plunge into Susan Hiller’s unleashed elements and Turner’s savage grandeur, to hide in Gernot Nalbach’s aerial housings or under Kawamata’s wicked wave…
In a time of ecological concern,”SUBLIME The Tremors of the World” at the Centre Pompidou Metz is an exhibition that explores our ambiguous relation with nature, between worshipping and a delusional quest for total domination. Taking its starting point in the aesthetic concept of the sublime born at the heart of the 18th century, this strong curatorial proposition of nearly 300 pieces explores our mixed feelings towards the power of elements. From our melancholy in front of wild landscapes to our fear of nature’s disappearance. Rosa Barba’s video Outwardly From Earth’s Centre, shows us the Gotcha Sandön Island slowly drifting toward the North Pole. This video of an island that might be gone in a few years might stand for a new function of art in a world threatened by ecological disaster, an art that records a beauty soon to be lost.
In the meantime, the museum is presenting an installation from the Japanese artist Tadashi Kawamata : Under The Water. Alexandra was there and had lunch with the artist, who is quite a character. Working with used materials, Kawamata’s installation is part of a larger research project on natural disasters that includes pieces such as his Tsunami models.
« Sublime, Les tremblements du monde », Centre Pompidou-Metz, until September 5, 2016
“Kawamata – Under the Water- Metz”, Centre Pompidou-Metz, until August 15, 2016
Kilometre strongly recommends this breathtaking show.