Often considered as a logic of the absurd, over the years it has succeeded so much in influencing writers, painters, filmmakers, critics, mathematicians and philosophers as to become a real artistic current.
The exhibition therefore plays with the links between history and fiction.
It escapes historical reconstruction, works on distortions, on improbable superimpositions and above all on wonders. At this point the question arises spontaneously: why talk about Pataphysics today? Are we planning escape routes from the world?
“Let's talk about Pataphysics now because 2023 is the 150th anniversary of Alfred Jarry's birth - explains the director of the museum, Valerie Guillaume - This science offers all of us the keys to designing the world and opening the doors to new universes”.
“Pataphysicists share a taste for the beautiful and at the same time for the impossible. - echoes Starck, appointed Regent of the College of Pataphysics - But above all they are people incapable of taking things seriously. A bit like me.
Life for me means taking serious things lightly and light things seriously.
It is the first time that the Musée Carnavalet presents such a surprising and original project.
The texts of the various rooms are designed by Philippe Starck, while the scenography is created by the Atelier Maciej Fiszer and unravels through atmospheres that follow one another in an installation guided by a low-tech approach, respecting the environment.
Respect that goes from the reuse of equipment used for previous exhibitions to the search for objects found in the markets of the Ville Lumière.
”I am a man of forests, dunes, big waves - says Starck -, but if I have to go to Paris I like gray areas. I share Modiano's love for those areas where you wonder if what you see really exists.
These buffer areas between different neighborhoods, placed before or immediately after the ring road. Spaces that we just don't understand.
But I believe that beauty and poetry are expressed in places that have not been designed. In short, I believe that beauty, after all, is expressed in the shadows”.