Endeavours and Masterpieces

On the initiative of Frac Sud - Cité de l’art contemporain, presented simultaneously at Mucem, [mac] and Frac Sud

The Hour of Glory, Frac Sud - Cité de l’art contemporain (until December 22nd) ; Trophies and Relics, Mucem - Musée des civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée ; Pictures at an Exhibition, [mac] - Musée d’art contemporain de Marseille.

Today, art cannot help taking account of sport, which has become an ever-present backdrop to our contemporary societies. On the initiative of the Frac Sud - Cité de l’art contemporain, and at the invitation of its director Muriel Enjalran, the curator and art critic Jean-Marc Huitorel has conceived an exhibition in three leading cultural institutions in the PACA region and the City of Marseille. Endeavours and Masterpieces (Des exploits, des chefs-d’œuvre) examines art’s relationship with sport through more than 350 works by nearly 100 artists from France and abroad, in which fascination, criticism and humor live side-by-side.

Conception graphique Solie Morin

At the approach of the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games—some events of which will take place in Marseille—these questions of art’s link to sport take on a contemporary relevance that is worth understanding through all of the tools available. It is not a matter of adding more soul or offering some kind of decorative backing to the upcoming sports competitions, but rather seizing this opportunity to try to explore their nature and circumstances through the use of a number of symbolic objects that, each in its own way, help us to interpret them.

Beyond any demonstrative aim, it is about offering an event that not only supports reflection and the questioning of certain conclusions, but also inspires delight, a moment of pleasure.

Guest curator Jean-Marc Huitorel, co-curator Muriel Enjalran.

Frac Sud - Cité de l’art contemporain

Under the title The Hour of Glory (L’Heure de gloire) (Hour of Glory: a nod to Warhol’s fifteen minutes of fame, as well as to the all-too-often ignored heroism of artists), one will be able to explore a motley space that will see a clash between the cult of performance and the art of losing, as well as improbable objects, and the demands of those fighting for their place and for justice—the whole bathed in the magic of literature, of laughter and tears, of formal rigor and fantasies of challenging it.
The exhibition takes us on a journey that is as lively as it is iconoclastic, bringing together monumental sculptures (Jacques Julien, Taro Izumi, Louka Anargyros...), installations (Johanna Cartier, Lieven De Boek, Thomas Wattebled...), photographs (Camille Holtz, Estelle Hanania, Elina Brotherus...), and films (Camille Llobet, Sarah Trouche, Julia Borderie...). A number of these pieces are being presented in France for the first time.
On the occasion of the exhibition Endeavours and Masterpieces, the Frac Sud is offering a new carte blanche dedicated to young artists, inviting students from the École supérieure d’art d’Aix-en-Provence to fill the space with experiments and present their creations revolving around the theme of sport, supported by exhibition’s curator, Jean-Marc Huitorel.

Curated by Jean-Marc Huitorel and Muriel Enjalran.

Mucem - Musée des Civilisations de l’Europe et de la Méditerranée

With Trophies and Relics (Trophées et reliques), we will see that both sport and art play a part in a number of beliefs—most of them very old ones mixing scholarly and vernacular forms (scholarly in their time)—and that their experience is inseparable from a set of artefacts whose effectiveness broadly depends on the faith accorded to them. Art then finds itself at the crossroads between relic adoration and the fetichism attached to contemporary objects, whether they belong to stars or to unknown people that one wishes to distinguish in this way. Here, both art and sport produce mythology.
Thus Thomas Tudoux’s works enter into dialogue with cups from the Mucem’s collection, and Fatima Mazmouz’s work converses with Marcel Cerdan’s gloves (loaned by the Musée National du Sport), while Gérard Deschamps and Bruno Peinado’s skateboards interact with those of the Mucem. Similarly, balls made by artists (Laurent Perbos, Fabrice Hyber, and others) mix with ordinary balls, and also with legendary balls like the one from the 1998 World Cup semi-final.

Curated by Jean-Marc Huitorel and Jean-Fabien Philippy.

[mac], Musée d’art contemporain

Which has named its exhibition after a composition by Mussorgsky, Pictures at an Exhibition (Tableaux d’une exposition—the set of works assembled will be of the kind offered by fine arts museums: paintings of course, but also drawings and photographs. Under a guise of conventional arrangements, we find an array of objects that are often undermined. We must stress that the intention is not to illustrate some apt theme, but rather, through sport, to question certain regimes of representation, grasping the very thing that sport is liable to say about art. Welcomed outside by Stefan Rinck’s imposing sculptures, and inside by Barry Flanagan’s monumental bronze work from the British Council Collection (a partner of the project), visitors are invited to contemplatively dive into a history of modernity (postmodernity) in painting through the prism of sport. The exhibition offers small artist monographs dedicated to masters of the medium, from Guillaume Bresson to Jean Bedez by way of Mariam Abouzid-Souali, Adam Adach, Raoul De Keyser, Guillaume Pinard and Christian Babou.

Curated by Jean-Marc Huitorel and Stéphanie Airaud.

Artists presented on the three sites

L’Heure de gloire - Frac Sud

Louka Anargyros
Noel W Anderson
Bianca Argimón
Jean Bedez
Berdaguer & Péjus
Julia Borderie
Marie Bovo
Elina Brotherus
Roderick Buchanan
Johanna Cartier
Lieven De Boeck
Gérard Deschamps
Marianne Dupain
FFA : Fédération Française d’Art
Jean-Baptiste Ganne
gethan & myles
Estelle Hanania
Lea Guldditte Hesterlund
Camille Holtz
Taro Izumi
Zuzanna Janin
Jacques Julien
Jeremy John Kaplan
Stéphane Le Mercier
Camille Llobet
Fiona McMonagle
Gilles Mahé
Éric Maillet
Laurent Perbos
Delphine Reist
Alexandra Riss
Chloé Serre
Yoan Sorin
Hank Willis Thomas
Olivier Tourenc
Sarah Trouche
Thomas Wattebled

A selection of Olympic posters by the artists Tracey Emin, Anthea Hamilton, Chris Ofili, Sarah Morris, Bob & Roberta Smith et Rachel Whiteread, from the British Council’s collection.

Trophées et reliques - Mucem

Daniel Arsham
Neal Beggs
Guillaume Bijl
Lilian Bourgeat
Roderick Buchanan
Johanna Cartier
Gérard Deschamps
documentation céline duval
Lorraine Féline
Aurélie Ferruel et Florentine Guédon
Bella Hunt & Ddc
Fabrice Hyber
Jacques Julien
Jeremy John Kaplan
Jérémy Laffon
Fatima Mazmouz
Bruno Peinado
Laurent Perbos
Présence Panchounette
Antoine Proux
Pascal Rivet
Éléonore Saintagnan
Yoan Sorin
Barthélémy Toguo
Thomas Tudoux
Salla Tykkä

A large number of objects, mainly from the Mucem et the MNS (Musée National du Sport, Nice).

Tableaux d’une exposition - [mac]

Mariam Abouzid Souali
Adam Adach
Noel W Anderson
Christian Babou
Jean Bedez
Julien Beneyton
Guillaume Bresson
Johanna Cartier
Nina Childress
Raoul De Keyser
Barry Flanagan
Jef Geys
Pierre Gonnord
Jacques Julien
Frédéric Lefever
Guillaume Pinard
Antonio Recalcati
Pascal Rivet
Alain Séchas
Jérémie Setton
Susanne Strassmann
Maryline Terrier
Yves Trémorin

Events around the exhibition


In the context of the exhibition Endeavours and Masterpieces
Opening: Friday 26 April
Exhibition: From 27 April to 22 December
Frac - plateau expérimentations
The exhibition has been organized in collaboration with the École Supérieure d’Art d’Aix-en-Provence Félix Ciccolini (ESAAix).
Invited by the Frac Sud for a new carte blanche dedicated to young artists, students from the École Supérieure d’Art d’Aix-en-Provence Félix Ciccolini are occupying the Frac’s “experimentations plateau”, in the context of the exhibition Des Exploits, des chefs d’œuvre, in close connection with its theme.

Events and talk series
France art team – nationally selected high-level artists
Fédération Française d’Art: Friday 26 April from 18:00 to 19:00
Frac Sud - Cité de l’art contemporain
With Cédric Brandilly, Pierre Monjaret, Adrien Abline, Nicolas Jaoul, Carlos Bernal, Amandine Lancelot, Benoit Luisière, Fabien Mary, Alexandre Atenze, Darta Sidere, Stéphane Castet.
The national team selected by the Fédération Française d’Art is pleased to represent Art at this exhibition. For the second time since its creation in 2019, the France art team, accompanied by technical advisors (the national selector and the national technical director) will be going out to meet the public and visit sites dedicated to the art and life of Marseille.

Events and talk series
Performance by Yoan Sorin
Frapper / Creuser: Saturday 27 April from 17:00 to 18:00
Frac - plateau perspectives
Yoan Sorin combined the categories of boxing and sculpture in conceiving this performance based on his work presented within the exhibition Endeavours and Masterpieces – The Hour of Glory (Des exploits, des chefs-d’oeuvre – L’Heure de gloire).

Événements au Frac
Événements et cycles de rencontres
Table ronde  : art et recherche en présence de Juliette Bessette, historienne de l’art, Lisa Cubaynes, masterante en Histoire de l’art contemporain et de l’artiste Olivier Tourenc.
Art, mer & sport : Vendredi 17 mai de 17h00 à 19h00
Frac - plateau performatif intérieur
En partenariat avec TEPAS, Territoires et patrimoine du sport
Va-et-vient entre poésie, loisir, voyage, perspective écologique, et source d’inspiration, cette table-ronde s’inscrit dans la programmation de l’évènement « Pratiques sportives, patrimoines naturels et transition » (Marseille, du 13 au 17 mai 2024).

Tours, workshops and mediation
Around the exhibition Endeavours and Masterpieces
The quirky Frac-Fit tour: Saturday 18 May from 10:30 to 12:00
In partnership with Massilia Fit
This quirky tour of the heart of the exhibition Endeavours and Masterpieces − The Hour of Glory (Des exploits, des chefs-d’oeuvre − L’Heure de gloire) will invite participants to discover the works while practicing a series of moves at the intersection between yoga and Pilates.

Events and talk series
Parkour PK13, acrobatic ramble
La Course à la Culture : Sunday 19 May from 13:30 to 15:00
Frac Sud - Cité de l’art contemporain
Esplanade du J4
In partnership with Provence Tourisme
With its acrobatic ramble, the parkour association PK13 is offering to share its way of seeing the urban environment, thorough a high-performance itinerant acrobatic show!

Events and talk series
A project conceived by Olivier Tourenc in the context of the exhibition Endeavours and Masterpieces
Regatta in boat wardrobes: Saturday 29 June
Frac Sud - Cité de l’art contemporain
Esplanade du J4
In partnership wih the Société Nautique de Marseille and the Club La Pelle.
This regatta is a chance to deploy the flotilla of the five “training boat wardrobe” units (or ABE: armoire bateau école) in a competition that will take place near the Old Port of Marseille.

The Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur region (the Frac Sud’s main partner) and the Ministry of Culture (which provides its certification and some of its funding), are gathering around the City of Marseille to offer this major artistic and cultural project, rooted in the heart of the Cultural Olympiad.
Certified by Paris 2024, it counts among the flagship projects of the Cultural Olympiad in France, the only one of its size in the field of contemporary art.