Les Arts Modestes et leurs provinces… Laissez-vous porter en débarquant à Sète. Il n’y a pas que les séries TV qui perturbent votre univers, il y a ce musée qui vous offre bien plus que des images sans intérêts… autre que la consommation immédiate. Il y a de l’interrogation dans ce musée qui fleure bon la naïveté artistique dans ce qu’elle a de plus créative. Laissez-vous bousculer.
The modest arts and their provinces … Let yourself go as you disembark in Sète. It is not only the TV series that disturbs your universe, there is this museum which offers you much more than images without interests … other than immediate consumption. There is a question mark in this museum which smells of artistic naivety in what is most creative. Let yourself be jostled.
You have to push the door of 23 quai Maréchal de Lattre de Tassigny in Sète (1). You can’t go wrong, the museum is opposite the long port which crosses the city. To believe that it was so architectured, to accommodate the famous jousts of Saint-Louis, in exercise since 1666. The Mondo LAST CRI exhibition that the International Museum of Modest Arts is hosting is extended until January 31, 2021. Time sets in, in nonchalance. Let’s stroll through what should once again be the pleasure of discovery. A journey to the heart of curiosity. A retrospective for those who had missed a few episodes. 26 years of the Last Shout editions, to put yourself in front of your eyes? It is good to (re) discover its artists from all countries. Craftsmen with agile fingers. Creators on the fringes. Photographers without restraint, “Undergraphists” chiselling the world without erasure. They write art with the imperious feeling of living this “naive” moment that freezes the eye. Le Dernier Cri is an art editor whose shaping is done by hand. Here we will not exceed 1000 copies to stay in step with the respect for this craft of book making. Integrity is the soul of this house created by these artists, long-pirates, punk, who speak of their work in these terms “graphic self-sufficiency”. The independence of the extreme fits well with Pakito Bolino and Caroline Sury at the origin of the adventure. And no question after 26 years of lowering the black flag. Brick travels from capitals to capitals, from one continent to another, at the four cardinal points. These filibusters perhaps represent, through their artistic determinations and the will to share, this forgotten freedom. Nearly twenty countries represented, more than 100 artists exhibited, 400 books, 200 prints and 5 films, as many mirrors in which the lively and protesting generations are reflected. We must no longer be afraid of hitting self-righteous morality and censorship. Discovering this exhibition is a certain way of entering resistance. It is necessary that at one point the artists light the wick.