Then: Throw back to October 2013, do you remember French artist-in-residence Michel Delacroix?
Delacroix’s main project while he visited Kansas City was his miniature, digital gallery Chez-Robert. “Chez-Robert is an experimental gallery space with very specific dimensions, for which the artist develops specific proposals. The exhibitions are photographed from several angles” and then shared on the gallery’s website.
During his visit, Delacroix worked closely with Julián Zugazagoitia, Director of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, and developed Chez-Robert further.
Now: Zugazagoitia writes about Delacoix and Chez-Robert‘s most recent exhibition.
“valise in a box” by marcel duchamp
In this last exhibition, a black monolith obstructs the space. With a closer look, one can see the granular aspect of the covering black skin. Some imperfections and scratches can be seen, but they do not reveal anything.
Our look bumps into this black mass, it frustates our look while urging our imagination to solve the mystery. The exhibition closes the project undertaken by Michel Delacroix seven years ago. It is paradoxical and ironic, symbolizing the original idea that made Chez-Robert a unique space to explore.
This is a project by an artist at the service of other artists. The final step comes with Delacroix performing as an artist at Chez-Robert. He took his concept to the Nelson-Atkins museum (Kansas City) where he re-built his exhibition space in order to set one of the best pieces of the
modern collection, the famous Marcel Duchamp’s « Boite en valise ». This work of art in multiple copies, as wished by the artist as a way to diffuse his works, becomes a « ready made » of its own device.
The miniature retrospective museum that Duchamp turned his works into remains hidden from sight. It escapes
any given specificity and, instead, through its hermetism, hints at all the exhibitions that Chez-Robert generated. The act of ending this project by canning it, is a way to close the potential that this space had brought about, in order to move to a new step.
Through this event, Michel Delacroix closes an important chapter of his work of art that has lead him to act as a curator. He underlines the « Russian doll » aspect of this project by showing it. He celebrates this concept showing it as a inspiring place and pays a tribute to all the artists who took part in this project.
Directeur du Musée Nelson-Atkins”