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Resident Alien. The Marin Karmitz Collection
15.10.2017 – 21.01.2018

La maison rouge continues its cycle of exhibitions showing private collections. After Artur Walther in 2015 and Bruno Decharme in 2014, Marin Karmitz unveils a significant part of his collection, with close to 300 works that question how we are in the world. Patiently assembled over thirty years, the collection is the last production of a man better known for the films he helped bring into being, and for the MK2 cinemas which, wherever they have opened in Paris, have transformed the surrounding district. The exhibition is a screenplay with multiple storylines. As is the nature of a collection, it alludes to the collector’s personality, as each work offers insight into his centres of interest, however converging or diverging they may seem. The works also evoke a time (the twentieth century with its tragedies) and places (from Europe to the United States), through various media - video, photography, painting, drawing, sculpture and several large-scale installations (Annette Messager, Christian Boltanski, Abbas Kiarostami, Chris Marker) – which are dominated by, though not limited to, black and white.