Le Mur - Collection Antoine de Galbert

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To celebrate its ten year anniversary, the Maison Rouge is displaying the collectin of its founder, Antoine de Galbert – or to be more precise, a selection of his more than a million paintings, drawings, photographs and small sculptures – anything that can be hung on a wall. Their placement in the exhibiton was realised at random by a piece if software, working from the pieces' size and catalogue number.

The result resembles an enormous, unending frieze, three metres high, in which pieces from all over the world and in every conceivable style sit in surprising combinations. Anders Petersen, Henry Darger, Jochen Gerner, Eadweard Muybridge, Gilbert & George, Jan Fabre, Hans Bellmer and hundreds of other artists rub shoulders in a bizarre mixture that would never have been possible by traditional curation. It isn't perfect – there's no guide to the exhibition, only a smartphone app, or you can queue for the occasional interactive stations that provide some information. But in the end, that's not a deal breaker – at bottom, the anonymity of the facade gives it a certain spontaneity – the art has a refreshing sense of liberty, and the viewer is guided only by their eyes.

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