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Pierre Seinturier, "" O 'Lord ... this is really ... exciting, "he thought as he Stood there, watchin'em"

Pierre Seinturier, "" O 'Lord ... this is really ... exciting, "he thought as he Stood there, watchin'em", 2015. Oil pastel on paper. 130 x 195 cm. Private collection. Courtesy Galerie GP & N Vallois, Paris. © ADAGP, Paris, 2015.

Bae Bien-U, SNM5A-003H

Bae Bien-U, "SNM5A-003H", 2013. Courtesy Galerie RX, France - Axel Vervoordt Gallery, Belgique. © Bae Bien-U.

Nina Kovacheva, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell 29

Nina Kovacheva, "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell 29", 2014 ; "The marriage of Heaven and Hell - 14", 2012. © Nina Kovacheva.

Giovanni Anselmo, vue de l'exposition

Giovanni Anselmo, View of the exhibition. Foreground : "Dove le stelle si avvicinano di una spanna in più mentre la terra si orienta", 2004-2015. Background : "Grigi che si alleggeriscono verso oltremare", 1982. Courtesy Archives Anselmo. Photo : Yves Bresson/MAMC+.

Passages, Fondation Volume!, vue de l'exposition.

Exhibition "Passages", Fondation Volume!. View of the exhibition. Photo : Yves Bresson, MAMC+, 2015.

Local Line 18, Baptiste Croze

Local Line 18, Baptiste Croze, "Sculptural Studies", 2015. Photo : Yves Bresson, 2015.

Pavel Pepperstein

Pavel Pepperstein, "El Lissitzky Highway in the Alps in the year 2219", 2015. Courtesy : Pavel Pepperstein - Kewenig,Berlin | Palma. © Pavel Pepperstein.

Ulrike Lienbacher

Ulrike Lienbacher, "Hulla hoop", 2005. Courtesy Galerie Krinzinger, Vienne. Photo : Rainer Iglar.

Roselyne Titaud

Roselyne Titaud, "Ohne Titel, Tiefe, Weinberg Park" 2011. © R. Titaud.

Lee Bul

Lee Bul, "Souterrain" (detail), 2012. © Photo : Remi Villaggi.

Seun Young Song

Seung-Yong Song, " Wheeljek Collection", 2013.

Jonathan Lasker

Jonathan Lasker, "Power becoming love", 2005. Private collection.


Serse, "Fior d'acqua 09 A", 2014. Courtesy Galleria Continua, San Gimignano / Beijing / Les Moulins.

 Exhibition: Arte Povera. Michelangelo Pistoletto, "Divisione moltiplicazione dello specchio", 1973-1991. Photo : Yves Bresson/MAMC. © Michelangelo Pistoletto.


Yves Bresson, "L'éveil de l'oubli XVI ", 2011-2014. © Y. Bresson.


Exhibitions 2015


Pierre Seinturier, born in 1988, is the winner of the 6th edition of the Prix des Partenaires. In his first museum exhibition, "I want to believe", he cheerfully disrupts the usual presentation codes: the artist chooses to immerse the visitor in an enigmatic, intimate, and mysterious time frame. Pierre Seinturier distills clues throughout the course, inviting the visitors to walk inside the credits of a movie, whose pictures are the facets of a story.
Visitors enter a dark world inspired by thrillers scenes, but where romance and humour do have a role to play too. Large pastel drawings feature some mysterious characters wandering in movie-like settings. Although each picture is autonomous, a narrative is created, drawing the outline of a story to be written by the viewer, from one work to the next.
As in a fiction film, where upheaval is brewing, the artist says: "What we do not know, we imagine."

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Bae Bien-U was born in 1950 in Yeosu (South Korea). He is one of Korea's best photographers today. He lives and works in Seoul, South Korea.

Nature is his favourite subject. There are no humans in his work, only natural elements including pines, which have progressively become the artist’s signature. According to him, the pine symbolizes the soul of the Korean people.

Bae Bien-U does not reproduce nature: he literally reconstructs it, using unusual frames. His are crushed (the trees and shores are cut, truncated) to the point that the perspective seems to have vanished.

The viewer is no longer in front but within a landscape, a sort of "natural fiction". Time and space, thus distorted, seem suspended in the silence of the photograph. Note the references to the Eastern tradition of painting and the American and European history of the twentieth century.

This formal dimension remains at the service of immediate emotion: the viewer, caught by the evocative power of the landscapes and the large format of the picture, is carried away in a world that is still intact, in equilibrium, filled with polarities (empty/full, overpresent/evanescent, etc.).

An event organized as part of the 2015-2016 France-Korea Year. 


Nina Kovacheva was born in 1960 in Sofia (Bulgaria); she lives and works in Paris.

Nina Kovacheva wishes to intrigue you. She deliberately creates a climate of concern: each image in the series of drawings presented at the Museum, worked with a brush and Indian ink, raises a question.

On large white sheets, Nina Kovacheva draws Mickey, Fantômas, Superman, Yoda... the heroes of our comic books, often flying around children and teenagers whose eyes seem to call out to us. Nina Kovacheva captivates audiences with the strength of these looks. She seeks to make all of us aware of our responsibility. Disturbed, struck by what is before our eyes, we dive into the world of fiction and become its co-creators, like in role plays.

JUNE 13TH 2015 - JANUARY 24TH 2016


Giovanni Anselmo is a historic figure of the Arte Povera movement. Some of his most emblematic works are shown in the central room, as well as an installation which he revived specifically for this occasion.
Anselmo reflects upon the usual course of things, the cycles of nature, and gravitation. He mostly uses granite in his sculptures, a material that symbolizes gravitation.

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Volume is a Rome-based foundation that owes its success to its capacity to promote renowned contemporary artists by producing new works. The foundation was initiated after an international scientific project. Its objective is to explore the cognitive and emotional aspects of art works through observing them. The “Passages” exhibition features a completely new design; each artist has his/her own dedicated, exclusively designed space. 

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Since 2010, the "Local Line" exhibition program of the Strasbourg Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art offers a broadcast platform dedicated to the young creators of Rhône-Alpes and Auvergne. "Local Line" highlights the vitality of an innovative region and opens a window on the abundant creation of a generation.

In 2015, the exhibition is deployed on two sites - the MAMC+ (until November 15) and the Le Corbusier site in Firminy (until January 4, 2016), in line with the Lyon 2015/FOCUS Biennial. All the artists in this exhibition were asked to produce new works.

The five artists exhibited at the MAMC+ present works that confront, in an original way, the concept of systems; systems that do not exist in themselves but synergistically with everything that contains them. The works are thus cleared of the modernist dream of "autonomy of the work of art", according to which the work exists for itself, and its aura can only be deployed in a neutral place. Conversely, the works presented at MAMC+ are fully anchored in their venue, to which they adapt.

JUNE 13TH 2015 - SEPTEMBER 6TH 2015


Pavel Pepperstein, born in Moscow, is one of the most influent artists of the new Russian generation. His work highlights today's political and cultural chaos. He adopts a  constructivist approach in his dream-like universe to represent utopian worlds with an ironic interpretation. He draws his inspiration in visual arts, literature, and films.

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JUNE 13TH 2015 - AUGUST 23TH 2015

These Austrian artists believe that drawing plays an important role in creativity. Their work, which sometimes implies 3D technology, includes objects made of a diversity of materials (ceramic, wood, metal, paper, plastic) directly linked to the drawings. Their art works are therefore the translation of the movements of lines onto paper.

JUNE 3RD 2015 - SEPTEMBER 6TH 2015


Roselyne Titaud's work is infused with a sense of insatiable curiosity for ways of reconfiguring the world. But she is not the kind of artist who travels the world, responding to its impulses. Instead, her process of creating any new picture first goes through a series of filters - her own self-imposed constraints. Her mental space is where her photographs take shape and come to life first. So she idles. She must capture, if not reassemble the world, so it makes sense to her.

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MARCH 12TH 2015 - MAY 17TH 2015


The Lee Bul exhibition (born in Seoul in 1964) presents the prolific work of one of the most important figure of the contemporary Korean art scene. In the main room, visitors are able to enter 6 monumental architectural installations recently produced by the artist from composite materials (2012). Nearby, several large series of graphic artworks mostly executed in the mid-1990 are displayed; a series of 136 drawings and paintings taken from the workshop and created between 2004 and 2011, which is an opportunity to discover the multiple aspects of the birth of Lee Bul’s dreamlike world. An ensemble of a dozen acrylic and India ink paintings are also shown. This is the artist’s first museum solo exhibition in France since her installation On every new Shadow was shown at the Cartier Foundation in 2007 in Paris. This exhibition is organized in partnership with the Ikon Gallery in Birmingham (UK) and the EACC in Castelló (Spain).


In partnership with the 9th Biennale Internationale Design of Saint-Étienne, the Museum presents the work of two young Korean designers. This year, Seoul is guest of honor at the Biennale as a member of the UNESCO creative cities of design network to which Saint-Etienne belongs as well. Hye-Yeon Park was born in South Korea in 1984, where she studied Industrial Design at Hongik University in Seoul. She is a graduate of the Royal College of Art’s Design Products MA and a former Designer in Residence at the Design Museum. Upon graduating from her design studies in France, Seung-Yong Song (born in Busan in 1978) became an assistant designer at the agency Claudio Colucci and has worked with designers such as Jean-Marc Gady and Patrick Nadeau in Paris. He founded his own agency in 2011 and has focused on personal projects.


The Museum continues to present the New-York art scene with the work of Jonathan Lasker, born in New Jersey in 1948. He was trained in the 1970’s movement of the young conceptual artists, yet rejects their conceptualism and gives his painting a new breath. He has developed a formal language from simple geometric elements while leaving plenty of space to color, material interplays and line. In the lineage of minimalist painters such as Frank Stella and Robert Ryman, Jonathan Lasker has sought a pictorial language which would be self-sufficient, the frontier between abstraction and figuration becoming intangible. The artist himself said in 1986, at the occasion of his exhibit After abstraction in New-York: «I want a painting that’s operative. I’m seeking subject matter, not abstraction.» This exhibition shows approximately 20 pieces executed since 2000 and belonging to private collections from the United States and Northern Europe.

FEBRUARY 28TH 2015 - MAY 17TH 2015


Fabrizio Roma, known as Serse, was born in 1952 in San Polo del Piave (Italy); he lives and works in Trieste. Since the beginning of the 1990’s, Serse has worked with a complex technique using graphite mine. This allows him to create an impressive play between shadows and light. For his drawings, his favorite theme is landscape (such as in the large cycle Paesaggi Adattivi), most often abstractly and with details which recall the photographic process. He depicts a nature that frightens men, the raging elements, the vastness that reveals fragility. Time suspended in his artworks throws the viewer into another dimension, between sky and earth. While he has been exhibited in multiple galleries and museums in Italy, Belgium, Germany and Switzerland since 1993, the Museum of modern and contemporary art of Saint-Étienne Métropole gives him his first museum exhibition in France.

++ ARTE POVERA, The Museum's collection of Arte Povera

Because of the large number of works in the collection (more than 19’000), the museum regularly presents series of works based on a movement or a theme. Arte Povera (literally poor art) was an art movement that began in the 1960’s in Turin, Milan and Rome. Key figures included Alighiero Boetti, Giuseppe Penone, Mario Merz, Giovanni Anselmo, Michelangelo Pistoletto and Jannis Kounellis. Italian critic and art historian Germano Celant, who founded the movement, promoted the notion of a European identity and a re-examination of the art forms created by American Minimalism in the 1960’s and 1970’s. The museum acquired in the last years major works by Giuseppe Penone (Le radici del verde del Bosco, 1987) and by Michelangelo Pistoletto (Divisione moltiplicazione dello specchio, 1973-1991). A Giovanni Anselmo exhibition will be held in the Museum from June 12, 2015.

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In 1994, art collectors and gallery owners François and Ninon Robelin, who hail originally from Roanne, donated an exceptional collection of works of art to the Museum of modern and contemporary art of Saint-Étienne Métropole. The collection featured numerous works from the 1960’s and 1970’s by artists such as Jochen Gerz, Michaël Buthe, Wolf Vostell, Sigmar Polke and Erik Dietman. The Robelin donation has since been added to with drawings by Günter Brus, Hermann Nitsch and Arnulf Rainer. A selection of works of the donation and these acquisitions, all made since 2007, are currently on display. A sculpture, Le Valet de Boccioni by Erik Dietman, which is currently displayed on the forecourt of the Museum, is a valuable addition to the Museum’s set of works by this artist.

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FEBRUARY 14TH 2015 - MAY 17TH 2015


This exhibition offers two visions of contemporary photographers: the Italian Massimiliano Camellini (born in Venice in 1954) and the French Yves Bresson (born in 1950, lives and works in Saint-Étienne). It aims at rendering the components of the persistence of an industrial history of territories. In Italy, after one of the sites of Villaggio Leumann, near Turin, closed, the photographer Massimiliano Camellini spent time on the traces of the multiple human activities. Yves Bresson was halted by the Pont-Salomon factories (Haute-Loire, France). 22 photographs taken from the series L’Eveil de l’Oubli (2011-2014) were taken in the valley of forges in a factory of scythe and sickle blades closed in 1998.

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