Stefan Brüggemann
Headlines and last lines in the movies (Guernica)
Centre Pompidou, Paris, France | 2019 | Solo
PRESS RELEASE
STEFAN BRÜGGEMANN
HEADLINES AND LAST LINES IN THE MOVIES (GUERNICA), 2019
A MONUMENTAL WORK IN THE FORUM
4 - 29 SEPTEMBER 2019
MUSEUM FORUM

The Centre Pompidou is proud to exhibit an original monumental painting by German-Mexican artist Stefan Brüggemann, Headlines and Last Lines in the Movies (Guernica), 2019, coinciding with the Extra! literary festival and resonating with the “Francis Bacon: Books and Painting” exhibition. A mirror work of art on both sides, comprising multicoloured writing to saturation point, this major work by Stefan Brüggemann will be freely accessible for a month, through to 29 September 2019.

Stefan Brüggemann is a visual artist born in 1975 in Mexico, of German and Mexican nationality, and divides his time between Mexico City and London. His work features written words, phrases or “sentences” on walls or his canvases. It not only has a hyper-visual focus, it is also “hyper-textual”, in that text is a constant source for him, even a raw material he uses in every way possible. The texts in his works are sometimes conceptual, usually newspaper extracts or film titles, and may be crossed out or overlaid, conferring them with great plasticity in their form. It is this combination of the materiality of the text and the plasticity of his artistic language that led to the choice of Stefan Brüggemann as the main artist in the third Extra! literary festival, and this exceptional invitation to exhibit a great painting from his Headlines and Last Lines in the Movies (Guernica) in the Centre Pompidou Forum.

Headlines and Last Lines in the Movies (Guernica) is a set of unique works the artist first embarked on in 2010. The term “Headlines” designates the front page headlines of newspapers dating from the week the artist produced the work. The “Last Lines” on the other hand are quotes from film endings (from Citizen Kane to the Wolf of Wall Street). In the ensuing mix of phrases and headlines, the artist depicts a world saturated with information, where truth mingles with fiction. Our faces and identities reflect back and are constructed through this deformed mirror of the world. In the Centre Pompidou Forum, the work designed to the same dimensions as Picasso’s masterpiece Guernica, takes on the look of a mirror surface covered with citations battling it out before the visitors’ eyes.

This exhibition benefits from the generosity of Mr. Eugenio Lopez and the support of the Hauser & Wirth Gallery
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