Vik Muniz: Imaginária



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As part of Grand Arles Express, with which the Lambert Collection has been associated since its inception in 2016, the famous Brazilian artist Vik Muniz returns to the papal city eight years after his major solo show to present Imaginaria, a series of works that have never been seen in Europe. Exhibited at the Lambert Collection, it comprises fifteen photographs featuring saints as depicted by great artists, from Simon Vouet’s Saint Agnes to Philippe de Champaigne’s Saint Augustine and Jose de Ribera’s Saint Sebastian. In this new series, Muniz continues his exploration of the fascination with saints through the history of their representation in art and, consequently, the relationship between art works and the idea of the sacred.

Composed of installations using everyday objects in incongruous situations (wire, sugar, ketchup, toys and cut-out magazines), Vik Muniz’s photography reproduces images from collective memory and questions the notions of originality and copies. By audaciously re-appropriating icons of art history and the media world, the artist proposes a new relationship to images whose meaning and originality seems to have been exhausted by their reproduction and global diffusion.

Additional information

Weight 260 g
Dimensions 22.2 x 28.1 cm
Publisher name Actes Sud
Publication date 1 June 2020
Number of pages 48
Format Paperback / softback
Contributors Edited by Stéphane Ibars
Dimensions 22.2 x 28.1 cm
Weight 260 g
Vik Muniz was born in 1961 in São Paulo. His artistic approach involves taking images from art history, the media and reality and manipulating them. With commonplace day-to-day materials, such as chocolate, crystals, pigments or dust, the artist reconstructs the original image in his own way, based on memory, before photographing it and thus severing the connection of the work to its origins. Stéphane Ibars is responsible for public relations, press and cultural programmes at the Collection Lambert, Avignon.