Vue de l'exposition Lutz Bacher, <i>The Silence of the Sea</i>, 10 mars - 30 avril 2018, Lafayette Anticipations – Fondation d'entreprise Galeries Lafayette © Delfino Sisto Legnani et Marco Cappelletti
Vue de l'exposition Lutz Bacher, The Silence of the Sea, 10 mars - 30 avril 2018 © Delfino Sisto Legnani et Marco Cappelletti

On Sunday, March 11, 2018, Lafayette Anticipations opens its doors for the inaugural weekend. Free admission. All welcome!

With this inaugural programme, Lafayette Anticipations wishes to highlight Lutz Bacher’s significant work, whose recognition was constructed in several waves as of the 1970s, between California, New York and Europe. For her first solo exhibition in France, The Silence of the Sea, American artist Lutz Bacher provides a deft response that reflects the 9 rue du Plâtre building’s symbolic power. She confronts the edifice with the stigmas of history, inviting the viewer to embark on an introspective visit.

Throughout a career of over 40 years, Lutz Bacher has constructed works that defy all forms of classification.

The American artist, who adopted a masculine pseudonym as of her first pieces, has produced conceptual works by using diverse media. Her photographs, sculptural arrangements, videos, sound pieces and installations gather objects and images inscribed in our collective imaginaries. Featured constitutive elements of Lutz Bacher’s pieces include: pictures of public personalities found in press that, once copied repeatedly, take on a new life, as well as every-day objects, rubbish collected in second-hand stores then integrated into ready-mades installations, used balloons, marble and sand.

Her appropriations recall pop culture, airport novels, pornographic magazines, popular psychology books, paparazzi snapshots and, from time to time, allude to art history. The human body, sexuality, power and violence are key themes in Lutz Bacher’s work, as are the current state of things and beings, and the fine line between public and private spheres.

Recent solo shows: The silence of the sea, Lafayette Anticipations, Paris (2018), More Than This, Secession, Vienna (2016) Magic Mountain, 356 Mission, Los Angeles (2016) Lutz Bacher, Aspen Art Museum, Colorado (2014) Into the Dimensional Corridor, National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen (2014 - 2015) Black Beauty, Institute of Contemporary Art, Londres (2013) Snow, Kunsthalle Zürich, Zürich (2013) Spill, Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis (2008). 

Lutz Bacher’s pieces are included in the permanent collections of numerous museums, namely: Museum of Modern Art, New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Whitney Museum of American Art, New York Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago Walker Art Center, Minneapolis UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Berkeley and Lafayette Anticipations, Paris.