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Arles 2019 : Vik Muniz


As part of the Grand Arles Express (program outside the walls of the Rencontres d’Arles),to which the Lambert Collection has been associated since its creation in 2016, the famous Brazilian artist Vik Muniz returns to the papal city eight years after his great monographic exhibition to present a series of works previously unseen in Europe.

Entitled Imaginária, the series exhibited at the Lambert Collection consists of nineteen photographs depicting saints as represented by the greatest artists: from Saint Agnes of Simon Vouet to Saint Augustine of Philippe de Champaigne, as well as the holy Sebastian of José de Ribeira.

created from installations made from incongruous everyday objects – sugar, ketchup, toys, thread, cut magazines, etc. – Vik Muniz’s photographs include images from the collective memory and each constitute a new sensitive space where the notions of original and copy are questioned since the birth of the mechanical reproduction processes. By boldly re-appropriating icons of the history of art and of the media friendly  society, it induces the possibility of a new and jubilant relationship with images whose meaning and originality seemed to have been exhausted by their reproduction and global distribution.

Through this new series, Vik Muniz continues his research questioning the fascination exercised by the saints through the history of their representation in art, and comes to question the relationship between works of art and the notion of sacred.


Curator: Stéphane Ibars


The exhibition Vik Muniz, Imaginária, is presented as part of the Grand Arles Express, the satellite programming of the Rencontres d’Arles

July 1st – September 29th


Collection Lambert en Avignon

5 rue Violette

84 000 Avignon


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