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"The Glass Bead Game is thus a mode of playing with the total contents and values of our culture; it plays with them as, say, in the great age of the arts a painter might have played with the colors on his palette. All the insights, noble thoughts, and works of art that the human race has produced in its creative eras, all that subsequent periods of scholarly study have reduced to concepts and converted into intellectual property — on all this immense body of intellectual values the Glass Bead Game player plays like the organist on an organ. And this organ has attained an almost unimaginable perfection; its manuals and pedals range over the entire intellectual cosmos; its stops are almost beyond number. Theoretically this instrument is capable of reproducing in the Game the entire intellectual content of the universe." (Hermann Hesse)

„[The aspiration] to fashion an image of the world that will capture its infinite variety and richness”[…]„crops up throughout the history of art and humanity.” (2013 Venice Biennale curator Massimiliano Gioni)

+ VIDEO: Series of Interviews with Visitors of the Musée X-Point-Zéro in Bagneux, France (english subtitles)

MUSÉE X-POINT ZÉRO, INSTALLATION AT MŰCSARNOK - KUNSTHALLE BUDAPEST, HUNGARY, 2016. PHOTOGRAPH BY ANDRÁS ALAPFY

 

ARTWORK DETAILS

Title: The Great Wall / Biggest Map of Human Endeavor
Installation Title: Musée X-Point-Zéro
Alternative Titles: Grotto One, Memory Motel, The Big Memory Generator, Eulogium Memorabilia
Date: 1981 - 1996
Technique: mural-collage
Medium: printed papers, transparencies, adhesive tapes, ink
Dimensions: 230 x 2250 cm
Installation Dimensions: 2.8 meter (H) x 10 meter (L) x 4 meter (W)
Original Location: Bagneux (France)

 

THE STORY OF THE ARTWORK

In 1981, Kristóf Ázbej established the Musée X-Point-Zéro (Grotto One Gallery) in Bagneux, a suburb of Paris. Between 1981 and 1996, he assembled a 52 square meter encyclopedic mega-collage that contiguously covers the interior walls of the Museum. As an extension of that kaleidoscopic time capsule cyclorama, he developed the Great Wall of Human Endeavor Project.

In 2014 the Musée X-Point-Zéro mural was removed from its original location in France and transported to Budapest, Hungary. The artwork was successfully restored in 2015, and an exact copy of the museum-apartment was built as a portable modular unit in orderto display the mural as it travels from venue to venue. The project was supported by the Ministry of Human Capacities and the National Cultural Fund of Hungary.

The Musée X-Point-Zéro show was open to public viewing for the first time, between July 26 and September 11, 2016 at Műcsarnok - Kunsthalle Budapest. + more

 

PAST VENUES

Reök Regional Art Center, Szeged, Hungary, March 31 - April 30, 2017

Art Market Budapest 2016, Oct. 13 - 16, 2016

csarnok - Kunsthalle Budapest, July 27 - Sept. 11, 2016

 

MARCH 31, 2017

REÖK - REGIONAL ART CENTER, SZEGED, HUNGARY, MARCH 31 - APRIL 30, 2017

Musée X-Point-Zéro | The Biggest Map of Human Endeavor I.

+ Nátyi Róbert: Szubjektív enciklopédizmus (Tiszatáj Online 2017. április 24.)

+ VIDEO: Ázbej Kristóf óriáskollázsát állítják ki a REÖK-ben (2017)

 

 

OCTOBER 13, 2016

ART MARKET BUDAPEST 2016, OCT. 13 - 16, 2016

AMB 2016 BOOTH G602 : Ázbej Kristóf / Musée X-Point-Zéro

ART MARKET BUDAPEST 2016, BOOTH G602 © PHOTOGRAPH BY MIKLÓS SOMOGYI

 

VISITORS AT ART MARKET BUDAPEST 2016 © PHOTOGRAPH BY DÁVID BÍRÓ / ARTKARTELL

 

 

JULY 26, 2016

MŰCSARNOK - KUNSTHALLE BUDAPEST, JULY 27 - SEPT. 11, 2016

KUNSTHALLE BUDAPEST : Ázbej & Ázbej | Algiers – Budapest – Paris

+ VIDEO: Kunsthalle Magazine 15.

+ VIDEO: Kunsthalle Magazine 16.

+ VIDEO: Duna TV, Rondó Magazin (start at 43:05)

+ PRESS RELEASE DOWNLOAD PDF

+ Exhibition Wall Text

+ SAJTÓANYAG LETÖLTÉS PDF

+ Beke László: Palimpszeszt és montázs (Új Művészet 2016. augusztus)

+ ÚM Online: Ázbej & Ázbej | Algír - Budapest - Párizs

+ Fekete Szilvia: Valami más (Élet és Irodalom 2016. augusztus 19.)

+ Azbej Tristan: Ázbej & Ázbej, családi kiállítás a Műcsarnokban

VERNISSAGE |THE MUSÉE X-POINT ZÉRO SHOW AT MŰCSARNOK - KUNSTHALLE BUDAPEST | JULY 26, 2016

 

FINISSAGE: EXHIBITION IN THE EXHIBITION - POPUP EXHIBITION WEEK AT MUSÉE X-POINT-ZÉRO

In the finissage week of the Ázbej & Ázbej | Algiers – Budapest – Paris show the Musée X-Point-Zéro installation will become a temporary exhibition space with one-day pop-up shows.

+ VIDEO: Kunsthalle Magazine 17.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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