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Jimmy Robert, Untitled, 2022 Copyright Jimmy Robert

Jimmy Robert

Asymmetrical Grammar

1.4 – 3.9 2023


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Jimmy Robert works with staging art historical discussions and contemporary issues. His art, which often brings out a poetic dimension in everyday materials, breaks down the division between image and object. Robert examines the relationship between body and material and exposes art history to new interpretations in regards to gender and ethnicity.

Jimmy Robert’s work explores the political in observation, questioning established conceptions, and opens up for interpretation from multiple points of view. A recurring feature is how meaning is created in the relationship between place, body, and artwork, where all parts appear equally active. His work also poses questions about how a movement can be preserved and how it can be presented in an exhibition context.

A central work in the exhibition is the installation “Descendances du Nu” (2016). It includes objects, photographs, performances, sounds, and writing and is based on Marcel Duchamp’s painting “Nude Descending a Staircase” (1912). Robert’s work also ties in with Sturtevant and Sherrie Levine, artist colleagues who both made reference to Duchamp in their work. Further, the installation serves as a set for the performance that is part of the work.

Jimmy Robert raises questions in his art about representation, gender, and ethnicity, often rooted in an art or museum context. The artist takes on these complex subjects through a formal language that is fragmented and open, infused with subtle humor, melancholy, and queerness. These works, in which the body in particular is used as a conceptual tool, are allowed to serve both as independent entities and as component parts of a wider historical network.

Jimmy Robert was born in 1975 in Guadeloupe. He was educated at Goldsmiths College in London and the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. Currently he lives in Berlin, where he is also a professor of sculpture and performance at the Universität der Künste. Robert has had recent solo exhibitions at institutions such as Künstlerhaus Bremen (2022), Museion in Bolzano (2021), and Nottingham Contemporary in Nottingham (2020). He has presented large-scale performances at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin (2019), Performa 17 in New York (2017), and the Centre d’Art Contemporain in the Synagogue de Delme, France (2016).

The exhibition at Moderna Museet Malmö also comprises a selection of works from Moderna Museet’s collection.

Curator: Andreas Nilsson

The exhibition is presented in the Right and New Galleries

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