Freud, Basquiat, and Derrida walk into a room: PASCAL LIÈVRE’s Strategies of Appropriation

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French artist Pascal Lièvre re-appropriates terms and symbols of pop culture to create new paradigms through painting, performance and video.



Whether it is through silhouettes paintings, “philosophical aerobic” performances or videos such as Abba Mao, Axes of Evil, Bateman is Jacques Derrida or Portrait of a Lost Island – Lièvre is known for taking recognisable motifs and turning them upside-down.

In this exhibit, the artist showcases his two latest videos alongside a series of reconstructed abstract paintings of Jean-Michel Basquiat, Willem de Kooning, Georges Mathieu, Franz Klein and Robert Motherwell.

Inspired by Sigmund Freud’s essay Totem & Tabu, Lièvre’s eponymous video exposes the shaman queer Michael Dudeck invoking the Austrian father of psychoanalysis in a primitive and scandalous rite. In Staying Alive, the appropriation artist edited Mel Gibson’s 2007 adventure film Apocalypto.


When: 18 Jan 2018 - 28 Feb 2018 Where: Art Statements – 65 Wong Chuk Hang Road – Wong Chuk Hang