Exhibition in the Museum of modern art and contemporary art (MMACA), Yves Klein's square, 06000 Nice, open the 12th of june to the 4th of october, all days except monday to 10am to 6pm, phone : 04.9713.42.01.
The french Promenade des Anglais invokes dreaming, fantasmes and cliches but few people know that this place plays an important part for contemporary art. During the summer of 1947 Yves Klein the artist who has created the IKB (International Klein Blu) and his friends Arman and the poet Claude Pascal have shared the world together.
Yves Klein takes the bu of the sky and the poet Claude Pascal takes the air. Arman recieve the earth and the richness. This agreement will be translated inside the art work of these artists. The blu dominates the Klein's art work like in the famous "anthropometries". Arman prefers use humor and provocation with his bath image (paintings of the seaside, blu chairs, casino counters).
During the sixties and the seventies the Promenade will become a place propicious for artistic performances. The artist Ben under the influence of Georges Maciunas and the Fluxus movement has taken the art out of the studios. The artistic performance provokes and suscitates curiosity and stupefaction among the people who walk or stay on the Promenade. For example he invitates the people to go towards a convas on which it is writing "I sign the life, go in". Ben thinks that the art is only an ego affair and for illustrating this thought he proposes to clean the shoes with shoe shine.
The artistic creation becomes to be more unconformist and inscribe clearly against the art market and the institutionnalisation of art. The 4th of june 1970 the artist Pierre Pinoncelli proposes to realise a trip to Beijing for giving the peace message of Martin Luther King to the chairman Mao. The artist Noël Dolla realise in 1975 an ephemeral installation near the sea side. With four bulldozers he has made three circles of thirty meters and paint them in several colors. After he left these circles to the action of the sea.
Other artists use the Promenade for disturning the political codes like in the nineties when the artist Philippe Perrin has played with the political cliches of the french riviera. He organizes a false political campaign (meetings, bills and slogans "white like snow" or "the bay of sharks"). Thierry Lagata disturns also the postcard's pictures of the beaches. He wants to show us the superficiality and the vacuity of a kind of hollidays.