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ROEE ROSEN STORIES IN THE DARK
JUNE 27 - OCTOBER 29, 2018
GALERIE 0, MUSEUM, LEVEL 4
From 27 June to 29 October 2018, in Galerie 0 of the Musée National d’Art Moderne, the Centre Pompidou is presenting «Histoires dans la pénombre» (Stories in the Dark), of the Israeli-American artist, writer and filmmaker Roee Rosen.
Roee Rosen, the painter, novelist, and filmmaker, retells the stories of literary and political histories. Both painterly and textural, his work on paper and film breathes life back into an array of fictions. The stories Rosen frequently refers to and transforms come from the historical avant-garde, popular media, political propaganda, and classic children’s fairy tales.
Born in 1963, in Israel, where he lives and works, Rosen works across forms of narration, figuration, and realism—yet the work is far from realist—to astutely comment on present issues and world politics, as well as the legacy of European histories that has informed them. With a particular focus on the representations of power and state control, and specifically on how the obfuscation of information only reinforces such violence, his work reflects on how absurdly out of control political matters have become, doing so with comic brilliance.
Fictional characters, multiple guises, and alter-egos feature throughout Rosen’s artistic interroga- tion of biography. And although an aspect of self-referentiality is at play, the differing portraits and invented biographies of Rosen challenge the modernist expectations for the artwork and the notion of authorship. His work has a speculative quality and a narrative dimension that reaches into the interior worlds of collective fictions and back out into the world again.
Each new work is a provocation that calls on us as viewers to question our orientation and adjust our critical perspective on the #event of history and its fiction.
A main protagonist in Rosen’s fictive opus is Maxim Komar-Myshkin, pseudonym for the Russian-Jewish émigré poet Efim Poplavsky (1978–2011), who immigrated to Tel Aviv in the early 2000s and founded
The Buried Alive Group, a collective of ex-Soviet artists who advocated for cultural zombiism. Considered one of the most elusive and tragic figures in Israeli-Russian art history, Komar-Myshkin’s lifework was an album of elaborately detailed paintings produced as an artistic weapon against Vladimir Putin, who he believed had a personal vendetta against him.
One of the earliest but most extensive and compelling of Rosen’s works is also on exhibition,
The Blind Merchant (1989–91). The work is a superimposition composed of three elements: the complete text of Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice; a “parasitical” text written by Rosen that runs alongside the play from the perspective of the principal antagonist, the Jewish moneylender Shylock; and 145 drawings that present an alternative approach to the drama’s staging and cast of characters. Shylock
is depicted in the work as a blind merchant: every time there is dialogue assigned to Shylock in the play, Rosen’s accompanying drawings are “blind” (that is to say, drawn by the artist while blindfolded).
Co-produced with the Jeu de Paume, with the collaboration of the FIDMarseille.
Friday 29 June at 8.00 p.m., Cinéma1
Screening, concert and conversation with Roee Rosen and Ekaterina Degot Introduction: Hila Peleg
Singer: Inbar Livne Bar-On; pianist: Udi Bonen; composer: Igor Krutogolov.
Saturday 29 September at 4.00 p.m., Petite salle
Two Women and a Man
conversation with Roee Rosen Introduction: Hila Peleg.
Two Women and a Man (2005), 17 min Out (2010), 34 min
Saturday 29 September at 8.00 p.m., Petite salle conversation with Roee Rosen and Ana Teixeira Pinto. Introduction: Hila Peleg.
Sunday 30 September at 6.00 p.m., Petite salle Introduction: Hila Peleg.
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