Ceci n’est pas un Garçon a la pipe

THIS IS(NOT) A BOY WITH A PIPE / ArtElle & G12HUB, duration 2h40min, 31 May 2015, Belgrade, Serbia

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Video by Christopher Hewitt
Edited by Branko Miliskovic

Ceci n'est pas un Garcon a la Pipe
Photos by Nicolaos Zafiriou

Photos by Fanny Amblard

Photos by Nicolaos Zafiriou


Inspirée de la célèbre toile de Picasso (période rose), dont on ignore aujourd’hui où elle se trouve, et de la Trahison des images de Magritte, une rêverie sculpturale où la chenille bleue d’Alice croise la fin de l’adolescence et le marché de l’art…

From Emergency INDEX 2012

Performance/living installation “Ceci n’est pas un Garcon a la Pipe” (in English, “This is not a Boy with a Pipe”), basically came as an inspiration from early Picasso’s rose period painting “A Boy with a Pipe,” triggering my imagination for more then 5 years.

“Garçon à la Pipe” (“Boy with a Pipe”) was painted in 1905 when Picasso was 24 years old, during his Rose Period.  The oil on canvas painting depicts a Parisian boy holding a pipe in his left hand and wearing a garland or wreath of flowers. On May 5, 2004 the painting was sold for US$104 M at Sotheby’s in New York City. Sotheby’s did not name the buyer though sources say that it was Guido Barilla, owner of Barilla Group. At the time, it broke the record for the amount paid for an auctioned painting.

My idea was to find the way to bring ‘a Boy with a Pipe’ back to the context of ‘museum’ allowing the audience to be able to see the art piece that has been literary stolen and hidden for private pleasure/business of some Italian magnate. In order to make the contra line I took a philosophical context of another famous painting by Rene Magritte which was entitled ‘ This is not a Pipe’. So fusing those two paintings / concepts I wanted to ask the question ‘Is this finally a Boy with a Pipe?’

This 3 hour-long living installation was commissioned for TROUBLE #8 performance festival at Les Halles theater. It was a part of the curatorial concept by Antoine Pickels entitled “The Great Gallery of Living Sculptures,” including seven other living installations/ performances happening at the same time in the Grand Hall of Les Halles. During the performance I remained on a big cube/podium painted in neutral gray, wearing dark blue short pants, tight Sailor’s shirt, white socks and white gloves. I wore white theater powder and very simple makeup. During the 3 hours period I was smoking a pipe, sitting, lying and standing on the oversized cube occasionally grabbing my genitals.

”Ceci n’est pas un Garcon a la pipe”
Duration : 3 hours
Les Halles, Brussels / BE
June 2 , 2012
Photo by Nicolaos Zafiriou
Special thanks to Ivona Sijakovic
Curated by Antoine Pickels

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