Manifestations of the Uncany

03 November 2011 - 15 January 2012


This is the first of a cycle of exhibitions during the extensions to the museum (November 2011 – Autumn 2013) and drawing on its various collections. This fresh approach to the museum's holdings will also include invitations to outside curators: directors of collections, artists and art historians.

As Freud put it in 1919, "The uncanny is that species of the frightening that goes back to what was once well known and had long been familiar."

While moving chronologically through the collection as a whole from the 17th to the 21st century, the exhibition adopts an innovative stance. Chosen by director/curator Blandine Chavanne in collaboration with the heads of the individual collections, the works centre on the singular, the unexpected, the murky, the elusive – the unbearable, even.

Yves TANGUY, Sans titre (1927) Yves TANGUY, Sans titre (1927)