MO.CO. Hôtel des collections

13 rue de la république, Montpellier

24.10.2020 > 30.05.2021

Opening 23.10.2020, 4pm to 10pm

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00s. Cranford Collection: the 2000s

For the first time in France, MO.CO. presents a selection of important works from the Cranford Collection. Established by Muriel and Freddy Salem in 1999, it is now among the largest private art collections in Europe, comprising over seven hundred works from the 1960s to the present.

The exhibition 00s. The 2000s in the Cranford Collection focuses on this as yet unexplored decade, which has still to be fully defined. For this reason, the works in the exhibition will be presented chronologically. A timeline will chart the key events of this period and connect them to paintings, drawings, photographs, sculptures and videos from this prestigious collection.

00s will offer a reading of the world through art (or of art through the world) with the aim of teasing out an image of a decade which remains loosely defined, and of establishing whether a coherent relationship emerges between works whose only apparent connection is the era in which they were created. By placing the emphasis on volume (with approximately one hundred exhibited artworks), the range of mediums, as well as the diversity of the artists’ ages and nationalities, the exhibition will establish a dialogue between art and topical issues, and seek to reveal how the 2000s have transformed our global cultures, geopolitics and economy, as well as our ecological awareness.

Artists of the exhibition

With Kai Althoff, Francis Alÿs, John Baldessari, Louise Bourgeois, Louise Bourgeois & Tracey Emin, Glenn Brown, Monster Chetwynd, Phil Collins, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Edith Dekyndt, Ólafur Elíasson, Isa Genzken, Wade Guyton, Guyton/Walker, Rachel Harrison, Mona Hatoum, Thomas Hirschhorn & Marcus Steinweg, Damien Hirst, Sergej Jensen, Mike Kelley, Karen Kilimnik, Michael Krebber, Glenn Ligon, Sarah Lucas, Albert Oehlen, Gabriel Orozco, Damian Ortega, Raymond Pettibon, Ken Price, Sigmar Polke, Walid Raad / The Atlas Group, Gerhard Richter, Ugo Rondinone, Edward Ruscha, Thomas Schütte, Cindy Sherman, Josh Smith, Wolfgang Tillmans, Rirkrit Tiravanija, Rosemarie Trockel, Kelley Walker, Jeff Wall, Rebecca Warren, Franz West, Christopher Wool.

Under the artistic direction of Nicolas Bourriaud


Vincent Honoré, Director of Exhibitions, Victor Secretan, Senior Curator, Anya Harrison, Curator et Rahmouna Boutayeb, Project Manager, assisted by Justine Vic

Exhibition designer

Marie Corbin

Graphic design

Benoît Cannaferina

Catalogue 00s

A lavishly illustrated catalogue will bring together new contributions by authors and critics on the topic of the first decade of the new millennium, and will include an interview with collectors Muriel and Freddy Salem.

The bilingual catalogue is available at boutique Sauramps of MO.CO. Hôtel des collections

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Catalogue : Editions Silvana
Graphisme : Sara De Bondt
Bilingual english / french






Exhibition views

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Albert Oehlen, Schmilzender..., 2002  © Adagp, Paris, 2020. Photo © Marc Domage


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Wolfgang Tillmans, Installation Summer 2000, 2000 © Wolfgang Tillmans, courtesy Maureen Paley. Photo © Marc Domage 


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Abraham Cruzvillegas, Metamorfosis del cuarteto, 2005. Courtesy of the artist and kurimanzutto, Mexico / New York.

Albert Oehlen, Gezeichnete Hunde (Drawn Dogs), 2005 © Adagp, Paris, 2020.

Mike Kelley, Snakeskin Studloaf, 2005 © Adagp, Paris, 2020.

Photo © Marc Domage