Mircea Cantor at PBA, Palais des Beaux-Arts Lille, France
Until 2 September 2019 will be open the Group Exhibition “Golden Room”
at Palais des Beaux-Arts of Lille
On the occasion of the new cultural season of lille3000 named Eldorado, the curators invited, Jean-Max Colard and Jérôme Sans, have proposed to several artists, Mircea Cantor included, to invest the underground galleries of the Palais des Beaux-Arts of Lille, where the permanent collections of the museum, spanning Antiquity, the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, are housed and exhibited. Like a treasure hunt without rules or order, artists develop the possible chapters of a history as universal as it is turbulent, in which their work resonates with pieces in the collections that are inlaid with gold. In this exhibition the quest to find treasure, a metaphor for the thirst for power, takes the form of a rite of passage, but also of a reversal of values.
Gold, the ultimate representation of wealth and success, is both coveted and decried. This glorious, sacred metal is also the symbol of luxury, the only absolute and stable value. Thomas Lélu’s piece makes reference to this fact, ironically proclaiming In Gold we trust to subvert the national motto of the United States (In God we trust), stamped on all American bank notes and coins, into a capitalist slogan.