Patrick Tournebœuf: The Museum Project
September 10 – October 19, 2005
Opening Reception:  Saturday, September 10, 6:00-9:00pm

612 North Almont Dr., West Hollywood, CA 90069
Contact, Shannon Richardson
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Patrick Tourneboeuf, Le Grand Palais, Depose du Quadrige, No. 14, 2001, chromogenic print, 45 1/2 x 67 1/2 inches, edition of 11.

MB Fine Art Los Angeles is pleased to present “The Museum Project,” an exhibition of large-scale photographs by Patrick Tournebœuf. In these seemingly objective images, Tournebœuf uses the evocative power of empty space to create reflective meditations on human behavior.

In “The Museum Project,” the grand spaces and hallways of France’s most exquisite museums lie empty before us. Gone are the hoards of visitors and the works of the Masters. In their place lies the evidence of grand renovation. In one image at the Grand Palais in Paris, the four bronze horses that have rested undisturbed on the rooftop for the past 100 years are removed from their stately perch and rest almost irreverently on the ground amidst welders. At the Chateau de Versailles, ladders and scaffolding litter an exhibit room stripped of its adornments. The misconstrued energy created by the newly organized space presents them in an entirely new dimension. Captured out of context, the space confronts you with a ghostlike energy exuding off the barren walls and empty rooms, inviting the viewer to revel in their silent meditation. Initially, the focus shifts to the architectural details and the structured beauty of the linear continuity of the interior. A closer look reveals a space saturated with imprints and ideologies of former societies, while at the same time revealing indications allowing us to speculate on a new reality that is to come.

Tournebœuf’s museum project began with a carte blanche commission by the Cultural Minister of France in 1997 to document the renovations at Le Centre George Pompidou (Beaubourg Museum). His work there led him to receive the commission in 1999 to document the renovation of the Grand Palais in Paris, and then again in 2002 for the reconstruction of the Chateau de Versailles. Incorporating the documentary style of Walker Evans’ 1930’s images of the rural South, with the large-format, architectural emphasis and frontal frame of Düsseldorf grads Thomas Struth and Andreas Gursky, Tournebœuf’s expressive imagery carefully impresses his point of view. While the photojournalist style is evident, each image has been conceptually crafted and meticulously designed according the artist’s intentions. The monumental size of the images and the large depth of field intentionally diminish the spectator and demand careful observation across the entire canvas. Tournebœuf does not want us to become a part of this image, but rather to observe it from a distance.
The success of these projects led him to receive more public, private and commercial commissions for interiors of museums, churches and cathedrals around the world, including the National Archive in Paris, the Arthur Rimbault Museum and Le Petit Palais. In 2003, the Cultural Minister of France awarded Tournebœuf with the FIACRE grant for his work with the Centre National d’Arts Plastique; in 2000, he was the first place winner of the Prix Européen de la Photographie awarded by the Centre National du Livre; in 1999, he received a mention with honors at the Prix Kodak European Gold Award; and in 1994 he was the winner of the European Architecture Photography Award in England. His work has been published in numerous books, including one monograph and three more in progress for his series "Berlin," "Nowhere" and "Huit-Clos." Tournebœuf has exhibited at major festivals and galleries across Europe and can be found in the collections of the Fond National d’Art Contemporain, the Musée de la Marine, numerous private collections and more. Patrick Tournebœuf is a member of the eleven-photographer collective Tendance Floue. This is his first show in the United States.
About MB Fine Art Los Angeles
MB Fine Art specializes in 20th century American art and contemporary photography. The gallery opened its Los Angeles location in Summer 2004 and is committed to exhibiting original works by modern masters, as well as established and emerging photographers.

About Tendance Floue
Founded in 1991, Tendance Floue is a group of ten photographers who work on both individual and collective projects. They have in common a number of shared ideas and their desire to explore the roles of technique and semantics. Tendance Floue’s photographers don’t just produce material to be viewed—their goal is to look at what’s happening in the world and confront it through a wide variety of languages—sometimes taking advantage of a journalistic context that leaves room for doubt.

Images and Media Information
A selection of high-resolution images and further information is available by contacting Shannon Richardson at 310 550-0050 or via email at <>. Preview the show online at  <>

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