Yvon Lambert presents an exhibition titled La Décadence. This group exhibition features the new productions or earlier pieces of five artists, including Gardar Eide Einarsson, Douglas Gordon, Loris Gréaud, Francesco Vezzoli and Cerith Wyn Evan.
“Decadence is the grand moment where a civilisation becomes exquisite.” -Jean Cocteau
The notion of decadence doesn’t appear to be a straightforward one, capable to define the state of a society. Decadence reminds us of the ruins of Ancient Rome, evoking a sense of downfall and sentiments of decay from the observation of the world’s decline. What seems to be common to most empires in decadence is a loss of the sense of the real in favour of formal rules that end up serving as new reality.
In such a period of difficulties our world seems to amplify the perception of decadence. Hardly a day goes by without media scandals, polemics or moralizing invectives. Our world relies on strong doubts and profound questionings: Wherefore are we heading? A downfall?
It would appear that in our time there’s no society that’s decadent, but that there’s decadence lingering in society instead. It’s through the prism of politics and social issues that Yvon Lambert Gallery presents La Décadence.
This exhibition is on view through February 25, 2012.
Yvon Lambert is located at 108, rue Vieille-du-Temple, 75003 Paris. For more information, call +33 142 710 933or visit their website.
Emmaline Niendorf is an Integrated Marketing Associate with Otherwise Incorporated.