MAMCO’s fourth floor gathers artists’ spaces, two artworks from the museum’s collection and two spaces dedicated to archives.
Claude Rutault’s Inventaire (1989-1994) gathers the entirety of his definitions/methods. This ensemble allows the update of any of the works.
Sarkis’ L’ Atelier depuis 19380is the only environment which still bears witness to the wooden “cabins” that characterized the museum when it first opened. The artist considers this space as a “travel studio” which, once or twice a year, he occupies to resume his work. Across the studio, regular presentations of other works by the artist are organized.
These two artists’ spaces are adjoined by rooms dedicated to Ecart Archives and the Concrete Poetry Cabinet.
The post-Fluxus activities of the Ecart group have found here a location for their re-emergence in Geneva, thanks to the HEAD Geneva and the complicity of John Armleder. They are exhibited through a new operatory mode which allows at once to resume the archives’ inventory work and to update projects from the 1970s.
Finally, the Concrete Poetry Cabinet is dedicated to an international artistic and literary movement which spreads, since the 1950s, from Europe to South America and Asia. The Cabinet is made of artworks and documents brought together by Zona Achives, which under the auspices of Maurizio Nannucci and Gabriele Detterer, is one of the biggest private collection on Europe.
This gathering of artists’ spaces is intended both to offer a representation of the singularity of MAMCO’s collections—through the emphasis on protocol, score, and collaboration with the artist as nodal points of the collection’s politics—, and to allow living forms to find a place in its midst. This articulation between archives, collections, and performative formats is also a new mueographic proposal.
Sophie Costes, Curator in charge of collections, worked on the re-deployment of Sarkis’ studio and, with artist Emilie Parendeau, of Rutault’s Inventory; Paul Bernard, Curator at MAMCO, was in charge of the organization of the Concrete Poetry Cabinet; and the Ecart rooms are programmed by Lionel Bovier and Elisabeth Jobin
The construction of the Concrete Poetry Cabinet and the Ecart spaces were generously supported by Fondation Leenaards