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Almine Rech

Sylvie Fleury Shoplifters from Venus

Jun 3 — Aug 20, 2023 | Kunst Museum Winterthur, Switzerland

Sylvie Fleury, born in Geneva in 1961, gained recognition for her sophisticated presentations of glamour, fashion, and lifestyle, notably through her Shopping Bags series that gained attention in the 1990s. Each bag, including those from renowned global brands, contained the object that the artist had purchased with it. The unabashed combination of art and commerce seemed scandalous. Even more intriguing was the fact that an artist dedicated herself to almost obsessive shopping for luxury goods, seemingly indulging in glamour and lifestyle without critique. However, the exchange between esteemed archival culture and everyday spaces has a longstanding tradition in the visual arts since Marcel Duchamp.

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