“His perspective on life seems to be from the lands of a perpetual teenager.” But a return to a more youthful state of mind is exactly what the producer thinks the world needs. “War, education, ecology—all important decisions are made by grown-ups. What if children took control of the future’s narrative, which is what I feel about today’s Millennials and Gen Z-ers. They care enough to step up, trying to set an example for the next generation.” Says Pharrell.
“It took us five years to put this show together, because we didn’t want to offend anyone”, says the dealer Emmanuel Perrotin, who introduced Williams and Mr. about ten years ago (works by both of them were simultaneously showcased in his Paris gallery in 2008). “We hope people won’t see the installation as an apology for child soldiers”. Williams notes that the plight of children in conflict zones is something he wants to raise awareness of: “How can you not empathise for what they are going through and not try to make sense of it in a way where we can flip it on its head?”.
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#Repost @galerieperrotin (@get_repost) ・・・ Welcome to Mr.’s studio! We had the chance to catch Mr. while preparing his exhibition “A Call To Action”, curated by Pharrell Williams. Can’t wait for the opening next week 😀 — Carte blanche to Mr. & Pharrell Williams “A Call To Action” Musée Guimet, Paris 11 July – 23 September 2019 — @misteryanen @pharrell @museeguimet #Mr #Misteryanen #Pharrell #PharrellWilliams #ACallToAction #MuseeGuimet #Perrotin #studio #behindthescenes — © 2019 Mr./Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd. All Rights Reserved. Courtesy Perrotin
Pharrell and Japanese artist Mr. teamed up to launch a site-specific installation at the Guimet National Museum of Asian Arts. The forthcoming exhibition will be installed at institute’s fourth-floor rotunda beneath the dome of the main building — organized between Perrotin and Kaikai Kiki Co., Ltd.
“The show entitled will spotlight captivating paintings, sculptures, and installations in the trademark aesthetic of Mr., with pieces portraying images of children symbolically holding weapons. “Amid the tension and crisis of uncertainty that we live in today, we need to believe in the hope that can be found in children, and take inspiration on the promise of their optimistic outlook and spirit. Kids have the power. With art, we start this dialogue in this way” said the artist in a statement. Pharrell adds: “Kids run the world and this work is a challenge to leaders to do something immediately – for a better, bright future.”
“Carte blanche to Mr. and Pharrell Williams: A Call To Action” will run July 10 to September 23. Head to Guimet National Museum of Asian Arts’ website to learn more. In other pivotal presentations, the first Black solo curator of the Guggenheim Chaédria LaBouvier uncovered new research on Basquiat’s ‘Defacement’ painting of police brutality.
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