Michel Nedjar : Presences
The large amount of the donation that Michel Nedjar did today to the MahJ lead to the exhibition Presences, curated by Nathalie Hazan-Brunet.
Michel Nedjar choosed artworks summarising at best his artistic career : a large amount of acrylic drawings, pastels, masks; some dolls made from recycled material; the one he produced as scenographic piece of the play Murders of Hanokh Levin; some « paper dolls », composed from pieces collected during his trips.
He is the most widely exhibited and published living art brut artist, yet the extraordinary trajectory of this Frenchman raises a question that is rarely addressed: that of the impermanence of art brut. Discovered by Jean Dubuffet at a time when he was working on the resurgence of the symbolic body, he allowed himself to become the protean artist we know and who, in his creation, embodies absolute freedom. His work can be found in countless collections, and he was the first artist brut to enter the collections of the Musée national d’art moderne (Pompidou). Exhibited at the Monnaie de Paris, the Albertina Museum and the Mona, Michel Nedjar has been the subject of nine monographic exhibitions.