After “Debout!” (2018) and “Au-delà de la couleur” (2021) at the Couvent des Jacobins, the Pinault Collection, the City of Rennes and Rennes Métropole are renewing their collaboration with a new exhibition of works by François Pinault from the collection assembled over the past fifty years.
With more than 80 emblematic works, some of which have never previously been exhibited by the Pinault Collection, “Forever Sixties” sheds light on a decisive moment in the history of contemporary art, the visual revolution of the 1960s, and its enduring legacy in the creative movement of the following decades. What were the Sixties all about? Liberation, repression, appropriation? Under Anglo-American influence, this decade was characterised by an unprecedented demographic and economic boom, the emergence of consumer society and the beginnings of the conquest of space. Marked by ideological conflicts, the Cold War and the wars of decolonisation, the violent apogee of the civil rights movement and sexual liberation, the Swinging Sixties – repressive years as described by Richard Hamilton with his play on the words ‘swinging’ and ‘swingeing’ – are also a field of tensions opposing conservatism and democratisation, dominant culture and alternative counter-cultures, mercantile conformism and dreams of escape.
Pop Art and New Realism, breaking with abstraction
Between 1956 and 1968 in the United States and Europe, Pop Art, a product and symptom of its times and resolutely committed to the present, shocked by redefining the ideals of a modernity that had run out of steam and by infusing a critical and rebellious spirit that continues to possess contemporary art to this day. Breaking with the Abstraction of the 1950s, Pop, like Nouveau Réalisme in France, overturned hierarchies and brought the issues and objects of everyday life, show-based society and advertising, the reality of political, feminist and racial struggles, and the actuality of the mass media, which was then transforming the Western world into a global village, into the realm of art and thought, as if by collage.
With works by Richard Avedon, Evelyne Axell, John Baldessari, Teresa Burga, Robert Colescott, Llyn Foulkes, Gilbert & George, Robert Gober, Richard Hamilton, David Hammons, Duane Hanson, Alain Jacquet, Edward Kienholz, Kiki Kogelnik, Barbara Kruger, Christian Marclay, Tim Noble & Sue Webster, Raymond Pettibon, Michelangelo Pistoletto, Richard Prince, Martial Raysse, Ed Ruscha, Niki de Saint Phalle, Sturtevant, Jerzy Ryszard “Jurry” Zielinski…
The exhibition has been designed to resonate with the exhibitions devoted to the work of the English artist Jeremy Deller at the Musée des Beaux-arts de Rennes, La Criée and the Frac Bretagne, as part of Exporama, a contemporary art event organised by the City and the Metropolis of Rennes.
Curator of the exhibition: Emma Lavigne, General Director of the Pinault Collection, with Tristan Bera, Research Officer
- Opening times : Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10am to 7pm | Closed on Monday | Evening opening every Wednesday until 9pm.
- Rates : Joint ticket giving access to the “Forever sixties” exhibition (Couvent des Jacobins) and to the “Art is Magic” exhibition (Musée des beaux-arts, la Criée, Frac Bretagne). Full price: €12 | Reduced rate: €7 (Members of SAMBAR and the association of friends of the Frac) | Free for: young people under 26, disabled people and their companions, holders of the Sortir! scheme, holders of minimum social benefits and jobseekers, professionals with the ICOM card, the Culture card, the exhibition curators’ card, holders of the press card, members of the Collection Pinault membership, and young people with the “super cercle” card. Ticket sales from April 2023
Tim Noble and Sue Webster, Forever, 2021, collection Pinault © Adagp, Paris, 2023
Martial Raysse, Belle des nuages, 1965, collection Pinault © Adagp, Paris, 2023
Richard Hamilton, Release, 1972, collection Pinault © R. Hamilton, All Rights Reserved, Adagp, 2023