General Idea at the Musée d'art moderne
This first retrospective devoted to the defunct Canadian collective General Idea opens on Friday. 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- Sat 30 Apr.
Musée d’Art Moderne de la ville de Paris, 11 av du Président Wilson, 16th. M° Iéna. www.mam.paris.fr/