Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Toulouse, FRAC Midi-Pyrénées

Terres à terres

Works from the Daniel Cordier Collection
From 16 february to 26 august 2018
les Abattoirs
Ben Russell, "Trypps #7 (Badlands)", 2010, coll. les Abattoirs - Frac Occitanie Toulouse © B. Russell

The new presentation of the Daniel Cordier collection draws on works that echo the landscape experience, even when, pure abstractions or simple forms, they are not a direct representation. To go from "terres à terres" is to explore the continents of art as Daniel Cordier has tried in his research and purchases of works.

"Je suis rendu au sol, avec un devoir à chercher, et la réalité rugueuse à étreindre !"
Arthur Rimbaud, "Adieu", Une saison en enfer (1873)
An art merchant and lover, Daniel Cordier gathered and mixed modern and contemporary works coming from all over the world as well as naturalia, i.e. artistic marvels created by nature. His collection was given to the National Museum of Modern Art – Centre Georges Pompidou and deposited at les Abattoirs.
Looking at Terres à terres, means challenging what surrounds us – for instance the microscopic and gigantic elements that define Charles Simonds's strange landscape. Next to Karen's painting's vegetal lushness, Jean Dubuffet brings us as close as possible to the "soil landscapes" marked by his fingers. It also means looking differently at works defining American artistic modernity. It means seeing the original wood collage behind Louise Nevelson's black expressionist abstraction, feeling felt's sprawling nature in Robert Morris's post-minimalism. Ben Russell's Trypps #6 (Malobi) film takes us to a different kind of land, a ritualized one, carnival.