ART: General Idea at the Musée d'art moderne
This first retrospective devoted to the defunct Canadian collective General Idea. Founded in Toronto in 1969 by Felix Partz, Jorge Zontal – who both died of AIDS in 1994 – and AA Bronson, the trio adopted a generic identity that ‘freed it from the tyranny of individual genius’. Their complex intermingling of reality and fiction took the form of a scathing, transgressive and often parodic take on art and society. This exhibition ‘High Culture: General Idea’ uses a selection of some 300 works to provide an overview of their pioneering oeuvre, which treated themes such as the artist and the creative process, glamour as a creative tool, art’s links with the media and mass culture, architecture and archaeology, sexuality as the symbol of a social system to be subverted, and AIDS.
Fri 11 Feb- Sun 29 May.
Musée d’Art Moderne de la ville de Paris, 11 av du Président Wilson, 16th. M° Iéna. www.mam.paris.fr/