E IL TOPO at Monnaie de Paris

E IL TOPO has been invited to take part in the Flea Market a project of the american artist Rob Pruitt at Monnaie de Paris

E IL TOPO at monnaie de paris

For this year’s «Nuit des Musées» the Monnaie de Paris will provide visitors with a playful meeting place, a space for creation and discovery, in advance of the opening of its impressive transformation project, MétaLmorphoses, in February 2013.

Presented in the Cour de la Méridienne around which the shop and the minting rooms radiate, where the coins and medallions are created, Rob Pruitt’s project constitutes an irreverant exploration of the relationship between art and money. Responding to Marcel Duchamp’s affirmation that «art is a product just like beans. We buy art like we buy spaghetti», Rob Pruitt invites 80 artists to take part in the Flea Market where visitors can contemplate the works, shop for vintage clothes, posters, have their cards read, have a cup of tea and much more… At the heart of this unusual flea market, artists will present objects dear to them or which they have cobbled together, empty their closets, sell their masterpieces or create participative events.  

Whether his close friends or celebrities, Rob Pruitt has brought together a wide range of artists – at this time when the Museum of money is being entirely rethought – to take part in this performance which promises to be once of the most rich and unexpected projects of the «Nuit des Musées» in Paris.  

A playful critic of the art world structures, in the tradition of the pop artists, the work of the American artist Rob Pruitt is equally categorised as the organisation of sensational events as simple interventions, revealing the creative possibilities at the heart of everyday life.

From his sparkling paintings of pandas to his sculptural blue jeans, Rob Pruitt’s work is always characterized by an incisive humour and an exuberant visual talent. He creates environments where visitors feel free to improvise and experiment, outside of the traditional fields of art.

The artist presented his first Flea Market at Gavin Brown’s enterprise in New York in 2000; there he brought together artists including Elizabeth Peyton, Piotr Uklanski and Rikrit Tiravanija who sold all sorts of merchandise: prints, home-made objects in a set close to the «bric-a-brac».

For Frieze 2007, Rob Pruitt persuaded his galerist to transform his stand into a flea market where artists presented affordable editions as well as vinyl records and vintage clothes. 

In December 2009 at Tate Modern in London, with Gavin Turk and Tracey Emin among others, he presented a new version of his market, offering an ironic alternative to traditional Christmas shopping… 

E IL TOPO at monnaie de paris

Rob Pruitt’s Flea Market featuring

Air de Paris & Mrzyk and Moriceau & Bruno Serralongue
 & Jean-Luc Verna | Wilfrid Almendra
 | Pierre Ardouvin
 | Rosa Barba | Neil Beloufa | Gilles Berquet
 | Davide Bertocchi | Nicolas Boulard & Lorraine Féline, Vincent Israël Jost | Mohamed Bourouissa | Castillo/Corrales
 | Alex Cecchetti
 | Claude Closky
 | Cneai
 | Isabelle Cornaro & Vassilis Salpistis
 | Didier Courbot
 | Andrea Crews & Maroussia Rebecq | François Curlet & Jean-Marie Appriou, Caroline Mesquita
 | Brice Dellsperger & Natacha Lesueur, Michael Roy, Anastasio Costoso | Marie Denis
 | Nick Devereux
 | Ligia Dias
 | Nico Dockx
 | Florence Doléac
 | Donuts
 |  E IL TOPO | Christelle Familiari | Daniel Firman
 & Komplot, David Evrard | Théodore Fivel & Vava Dudu |Yona Friedman & Jean-Baptiste Decavèle | Gloria Friedmann
 | Frog
 | Mark Geffriaud
 | Yoann Gourmel & Elodie Royer & Bruno Persat, Julien Crépieux, Cyrille Maillot, Emilie
 | Camille Henrot | Fabrice Hyber | Pierre Joseph | Yvannoé Kruger
 | Le Camion qui fume
 | Ange Leccia | Ingrid Luche & Agnès Martel & Jean-Marc Chapoulie
 | Mïrka Lugosi & Marie-Laure Dagoit | M/M
 | Benoît Maire
 | MAY
 | Aurélien Mole
 & Mathis Collins | Jean Luc Moulène & Frédéric Héritier
 | ORLAN | Bruno Peinado
 | Petunia
 | Rob Pruitt | Philippe Rahm
 | Lili Reynaud-Dewar & Hendrik Hegray aka Popol Gluant/Hélicoptère Sanglante, Romaric Sobac aka Sylvain Mulochet, Nicolas Murer aka Mulan Serrico
 | Clément Rodzielski
 | Yann Sérandour
 | Three Star book / one star press
 | Nico Vascellari
 | Oriol Vilanova