Brooklyn Museum presents Jean-Michel Othoniel. My Way exhibition

. August 17, 2012

The Brooklyn Museum presents Jean-Michel Othoniel. My Way an exhibition on view, August 17–December 2, 2012.

This exhibition presents a survey of the twenty-five-year career of Jean-Michel Othoniel (French, born 1964), from his first intimate, enigmatic works made of sulfur and wax to his recent large-scale, colorful glass sculptures. Working with these mutable materials, he has fashioned a poetic visual language to explore themes surrounding the body, beauty, desire, and metamorphosis.

Jean-Michel Othoniel (French, b. 1964), The Secret Happy End, 2008. Murano glass, Saint Just’s mirror glass, metal, vintage carriage, 106 5/16 x 145 11/16 x 59 1/16 in. (270 x 370 x 150 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Galerie Emmanuel Perrotin, Paris/Miami, and the artist, 2010.11. © Jean-Michel Othoniel

The title My Way references Othoniel’s idiosyncratic path among various movements in contemporary art, including Arte Povera, Minimalism, Conceptual art, and Surrealism; he has also beej influenced by artists such as Constantin Brancusi, Sophie Calle, and Félix González-Torres. Works on view include embellished heraldic banners, Murano glass sculptures, and magnified necklaces and knots, which conjure an intensely personal mythology while also evoking the fantasy universe of the fairytale. A Secret Happy End, a large-scale sculpture in the Museum’s collection, will be on display in the first-floor lobby in advance of the exhibit, July 25–December 2, 2012.

Jean-Michel Othoniel: My Way is organized by the Centre Pompidou. The Brooklyn Museum presentation is organized by Lisa Small, Curator of Exhibitions, Brooklyn Museum.

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