Danh Vo, 08:03:51, 28.05.2009, 2009
Currently on view at the Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris is Go Mo Ni Ma Da, a solo exhibition of work by Danh Vo. The exhibition features pieces from four bodies of works:
- We The Peopleis a life-size reproduction of the Auguste Bartholdi’s Statue of Liberty, inaugurated in 1886. Thirty copper fragments are presented in the exhibition, together with photographs taken by Bartholdi in Egypt.
- Three chandeliers conjure up the ballroom of the Hotel Majestic, where the Paris Peace Accords between the United States and Vietnam were signed on 27 January 1973.
- In a work referencing Théophane Vénard (1829-1861), the artist evokes the Paris Foreign Missions Society, a body of Catholic missionary priests functioning in Asia since the 17th century, and its relationship with Vietnam.
- Nine works included in this exhibition were produced from lots acquired from Sotheby’s auction of the Estate of Robert S. McNamara, the former American Secretary of Defense, whom the New York Times eulogized in 2009 as “the failed architect of the Vietnam War.”
A handwritten work produced in situ by the artist’s father is also part of the exhibition.
In conjunction with the exhibition, a two volume catalogue will be published. The show will be on view through August 18.