LACAN, THE EXHIBITIONWhen Art Meets Psychoanalysis

Current Museum Group Exhibition
Centre Pompidou-Metz
31 Dec 202327 May 2024
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The ideas of Jacques Lacan are, alongside the work of Roland Barthes, Michel Foucault, Jacques Derrida and Gilles Deleuze, essential for understanding our contemporary world. While homages and exhibitions have already examined most of these intellectual figures, the thought of Lacan has not been dealt with in museums to date, even though he was strongly attached to works of art. In a text devoted to the work of Marguerite Duras, Lacan declared that “in his materials, the artist always [...] precedes him [the analyst] and so he does not have to play the psychologist where the artist has paved the way for him” (“Hommage fait à Marguerite Duras du Ravissement de Lol V Stein” (1965), Autres écrits, Paris, Seuil, 2001).
Curated by Marie-Laure Bernadac and Bernard Marcadé, the exhibition at the Centre Pompidou-Metz will be the first dedicated to Jacques Lacan. Over 40 years after the psychoanalyst’s death, it seemed urgent to plan an exhibition highlighting the unique links between Jacques Lacan and art, by putting into perspective the works he himself referenced, the artists who paid tribute to him, as well as the modern and contemporary works that can provide an echo to the great conceptual orientations of his thought.
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