The Living Currency (La Monnaie Vivante)
Visual arts on stage after Pierre Klossowski

The Living Currency (La Monnaie Vivante)

“The Living Currency” is a nomadic and evolving exhibition with an unstable form and open content.

It outlines past and present approaches to human body within the domain of visual and performing arts. Created in 2006 in a dance studio in Paris, the exhibition was displayed in 2007 on the stage of the Stuk Theatre in Leuven and inside the Turbine Hall at Tate Modern in London in 2008. The new edition has been created in collaboration with the Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw for the stage of the Dramatic Theatre.

The title of the exhibition refers to La Monnaie Vivante (1970), a text by the French writer and painter, of Polish origins, Pierre Klossowski (1905-2001). Klossowski's text develops an alternative model of economic exchange, which places the body at the centre of our everyday relation to the economy as the only valid form of currency.

Thus “The Living Currency” brings together artistic practices exploring this theme in a number of contrasting, innovative and provocative ways: in term of living objects, inanimate bodies, human presence, use and manipulation. Moreover, the project reverses the typical displays and modes of presenting and visiting an exhibition. The "theatrical environment" host performances by visual artists, for a duration of 5-6 hours, which goes beyond the duration of a theatre play, while the audience is free to "visit" the exhibition following its own rhythm.


Marie Cool & Fabio Balducci, George Brecht, Robert Breer, Lygia Clark, André du Colombier, Ceal Floyer, Prinz Gholam, Jens Haaning, Sanja Iveković, Tadeusz Kantor, Jiri Kovanda, Teresa Margolles, Gustav Metzger, Roman Ondak, Gianni Pettena, Pratchaya Phinthong, Santiago Sierra, Franz Erhard Walther, Franz West, Artur Żmijewski

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