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"Claude Lévêque -- double manège"
Dec. 21 (Sat.), 2002 to Mar. 9 (Sun.), 2003

Claude Lévêque, born in France in 1953, has been celebrated as a leading representative of his country's art following the generation of such artists as Daniel Buren and Christian Boltanski .
The ATM exhibition to be held from December to March of next year is the first full-scale exhibition of Lévêque's works in Japan. He will design a new work especially for the exhibition so as to match the special spatial characteristics of the Contemporary Art Gallery.
Since the 1980s, Lévêque has produced nostalgic artworks that employ photographs and light, rooted in his own personal memories. However, more recently he has shifted towards the creation of giant installations intended to stimulate the five senses through the use of sound, light, and mist. The "viewers" of his works can thus experience them with their whole bodies and not just their eyes.
At ATM, Lévêque plans to put on an experiential type of exhibition that uses neon lights, moving images, and sound.

Sans titre, 1990, installation (collection museé d'Art moderne de la Ville de Paris).
Photo: Hughes Bigo
I Wanna be your Dog, 1996, installation in situ, Atelier Sainte-Anne, Bruxelles.
Photo: Claude Bricage

Sans titre, 1998, installation in situ, Storefront for Art and Architecture, Guggenheim Museum SoHo, New York.
Photo: Ellen Labenski
private collection, 2001 Sans titre, 2000, installation in situ, Casino Luxembourg (collection museé d'Art moderne du Luxwmbourg).
Photo: Roman Mensing

Whirlwind, 1998, installation in situ, Saädtische Galerie, Brême.
Photo: Helmut Wieben
Wild Horses, 2002, installation in situ, Academia di Fancia villa Medici Roma.
Photo: Claudio Abate
Les Champions, 1996, installation in situ, Galerie de Paris.
Photo: Marc Domage

Sans titre, 1992, installation in situ, FRAC Pays de la Loire, Clisson (collection FRAC Pays de la Loire).
Photo: Hughes Bigo
Troubles, 1997, installation in situ, Kasseler Kunstverein, Kassel.
Photo: Dieter Schwerdtle
My Way, 1996
Photo: Marc Domage


Title of the Exhibition: "Claude Lévêque -- double manège"
Period: Dec. 21 (Sat.), 2002 to Mar. 9 (Sun.), 2003
Closed on Mondays (except Dec. 23 and Jan. 13), Dec. 24, Jan. 14, and Dec. 28, 2002 through Jan. 3, 2003
Hours: Doors open at 9:30 and close at 18:00 (No admittance after 17:30)
Venue: Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito

¥800 General
¥600 Advance-purchase tickets, groups (20 or more)
¥1,000 H.T.P. (one-year Pass for 15- to 19-year-olds, available at ATM and JR East)
¥2,000 Pass for Adults (one-year pass for persons aged 20 and above)
Free Students (through 9th grade), senior citizens (65 and older), and disabled persons

Organizer: Mito Arts Foundation
Supported by: The Embassy of France in Japan
Sponsors: AFAA (Association Francaise d'Actions Artistiques, Ministere des Affaries Entrangere), Asahi Breweries Ltd., Shiseido Co., Ltd.
Cooperation from: SOUM Corporation.
Planning: Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito
Curators: Eriko Osaka, Chief Curator of Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito, Kenji Kubota, Assistant Cutator of Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito

Claude Lévêque -- double manège, 2002, installation in situ, Art Tower Mito, Japan.
Photos: Sadam Saito

Profile of Claude Leveque
Born in Nevers, France, in 1953

Selected exhibitions:
1982 The 12th Biennale de Paris, Paris
1984 "Ateliers 84", City Museum of Modern Art, Paris
     First solo exhibition, Eric Fabre Gallery, Paris
1988 "Fictions installees", Heidelberg
     Solo exhibition, Galerie de Paris, Paris
1994 "L'Hiver de l'amour", PS1, New York
1996 Solo exhibition "My Way", City Museum of Modern Art, Paris
1997 Solo exhibition "Troubles", Kassel Art Museum 
1998 Solo exhibition "Plus de lumiere", Villa Arson, Nice
     Solo exhibition "The World is the game", Le Magasin, Grenoble
     "Threshold", The Power Plant, Toronto
1999 Solo exhibition "Oscillations", State Street Bridge Gallery, Chicago
     Solo exhibition "Stigmata", PS1, New York
2000 "Light Pieces", Casino, Luxemburg
     "Elysian Field", Pompidou Centre, Paris
     "Presumed innocent", CAPC Museum of Contemporary Art, Bordeaux 
2001 Solo exhibition "Let's dance", Joan Miro Foundation, Barcelona
     Solo exhibition, Yvon Lambert Gallery, Paris
2002 Kwangju Biennale, Korea
     Solo exhibition, Rice Gallery, Tokyo
–He also participated in many other solo and group exhibitions. 

Related Projects

Opening Artist Talk
Date: Dec. 21 (Sat.), 2002
Time: From 13:30 to 14:30
Venue: Workshop room of the Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito
Speaker: Claude Leveque
Admission Fee: Free of charge except for the admission to the exhibition

Dance performance by Miki Hiramatsu
Date: February 1 (Saturday), 2 (Sunday), 2003
Time: About 15|20 minutes from 14:00 each time.
Venue: Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito
Admission Fee: Free of charge except for the admission to the exhibition

Live: Bach - Sax Organ - Space
Date: March 8 (Saturday), 2003
Time: 18:30 (Doors open at 18:00)
Musicians: Yasuaki Shimizu(Saxophone), Ryuta Suzuki(Organ)
Venue: Entrance Hall, Art Tower Mito
Admission: \3500 Please contact the office for further information.
Reservation by phone: Booking starts on December 7, 2002.
Please call 029-231-8000 for reservations.

CRITERIUM 53 Kyoko Sawanobori
Dec. 21 (Sat.), 2002, to Feb. 2 (Sun.), 2003
The 9th room, Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito
Curator: Toshihiro Asai, Curator, Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito
Open to anyone with a ticket for the ATM's current exhibition

CRITERIUM 54 Takashi Kunitani
Feb. 8 (Sat.) to Mar. 9 (Sun.), 2003
The 9th room, Contemporary Art Gallery, Art Tower Mito
Curator: Eriko Osaka, Chief Curator of Contemporary Art Center, Art Tower Mito
Open to anyone with a ticket for the ATM's current exhibition

Note: The Latin word "criterium" is based on the Greek word "criterion," meaning "standard." The series features artists who are energetically engaged in exploring the possibilities of new forms of expression. Planning is assisted by the ATM Contemporary Art Center curator.

Gallery Talks

On weekends during the exhibition, a CAC Gallery Talker will give a gallery talk in the afternoon. People wishing to join are requested to appear at the entrance of the gallery beforehand.
Jan. 11-Mar. 9 (Saturdays and Sundays), 2:30-3:10 p.m. (approx. 40 minutes each)
Note: Circumstances may force cancellation of the talks at any certain time.

ATM Contemporary Art Gallery's
Pass for Adults
© Hiroko Ichihara
A pass has been designed for adults aged 20 and older, letting the holder make an unlimited number of visits to the Contemporary Art Gallery's exhibitions for one year from the date of purchase.
The price is ¥2,000. The artwork on the pass has been designed by Hiroko Ichihara, an artist who incorporates words in her works. The logo on the pass reads: "Contemporary art -- as easy as pie." The pass is on sale at the ticket counter in Art Tower Mito.

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