WIELS Contemporary Art Centre, Brussels

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Pierre Leguillon, The New York Times Magazine/Part 1, September 20, 1970 (cover photograph: Werner Wolff). Collection Museum of Mistakes. Photo: Pierre Leguillon.

Conceived by the French artist Pierre Leguillon, The Museum of Mistakes: Contemporary Art and Class Struggle brings together works that he has created over the last 15 years out of reproduced images. These are tailor-made displays that bring together photographs, film extracts, advertisements, postcards, posters, slides, record sleeves, magazines, and other types of mass media. But these works evade solidifiying into fixed forms. Each one is intimately informed by a principle of movement, or, indeed, of reversibility, and they are deployed on mobile, light, or transportable structures.

Thanks to its economy of means and the autonomy of its presentation displays, The Museum of Mistakes proposes an exhibition model that attempts to foil, or “de-class-ify”—to reprise the exhibition’s title—the hierarchies of art. In decompartmentalizing identity, whether it is a matter of the artist’s, the visitor’s, or those of the exhibited images, The Museum of Mistakes invites us to rethink the conditions of the reception of art, depicted here first of all as an activity. In so doing, Leguillon inquires into the political function of art within society, wherein each individual is in a perpetual process of emitting and receiving information.

Pierre Leguillon, born in Nogent-sur-Marne, France, in 1969, lives and works in Brussels. His works, performances, and projections have been the subject of many monographic presentations, notably at Raven Row (London, 2011), Mamco (Geneva, 2010), Moderna Museet (Malmö, 2010), Musée du Louvre (Paris, 2009), and Artists Space (New York, 2009). In 2013, the artist participated in the Carnegie International in Pittsburgh. Leguillon teaches at HEAD (Haute Ecole d’Art et de Design) in Geneva.

Curated by Devrim Bayar
Assisted by Marwann Frikach

With the participation of Sébastien Capouet, Nicolas Chardon, Koenraad Dedobbeleer, documentation céline duval, Sylvie Eyberg, Adrien Faucheux, Yves Godin, Ana Jotta, Aglaïa Konrad, Valérie Mannaerts, Delphine Merabet, Willem Oorebeek, Conny Purtill, Clément Rodzielski, (SIC) and Marthe Wéry, among others.

The Museum of Mistakes will travel to the Musée régional d’Art contemporain Languedoc-Roussillon from 15 March until 7 June.

With the support of L’Ambassade de France en Belgique, Chasse-Spleen, Maison Dandoy, Duvel, Frédéric de Goldschmidt, Hotel Le Berger, Institut Français, Thalys.


Complementary programme of film screenings, lectures and performances:

Sunday 11 January, 7pm
The Promise of the Screen presents: “Effects of announcements: Saul Bass/Sacha Guitry”

Sunday 18 January, 7pm
The Promise of the Screen presents: “The Promise of the Couch”

Sunday 25 January, 10am
The Promise of the Screen presents: “The Promise for Children”

Sunday 25 January, 8:30pm
“Slideshow/Cloakroom”

Sunday 1 February, 7pm
The Promise of the Screen presents: “Homage to the Square,” an evening around Josef Albers

Sunday 8 February, 7pm
The Promise of the Screen presents: “The Promise of the Counter”

Wednesday 11 February, 7pm
Non-Happening after Ad Reinhardt with Willem Oorebeek

Sunday 15 February
The Promise of the Screen presents: “Music on images” by Sylvie Eyberg

Sunday 22 February, 7pm
The Promise of the Screen presents: “Manual of Photography”

Press contact
Micha Pycke
micha.pycke@wiels.org / T +32 (0) 2 340 00 51 / M +32 (0) 486 680 070

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