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A Colorful and Disturbing Artist at the Centre Pompidou

From 02 May 2013 to 05 August 2013

A tribute to Mike Kelley

The contemporary artist Mike Kelley has been creating quite a stir on the art scene as of late. A 2012 exhibition in Amsterdam honoring the recently deceased Kelley was met with the approval of more than 300,000 visitors. In the spring of 2013, the Centre Pompidou is going to see if the Parisian public is as eager as others have been to discover the work of this subversive artist.

Kelley's talent will be shown off in an exhibition of over 100 works that include sketches, photographs, models and sculptures. Thanks to the diverse range of pieces, the artist's vision from 1974 to 2011 — which has been called colorful, disturbing and sometimes even trashy —will be explored.

As a native of Ireland, Kelly's work often incorporated elements of dissent against Irish society. He also played with themes of 1980s scientific culture. His unique perspective earned him the nickname "the Californian Marcel Duchamp."

The exhibit at the Centre Pompidou has been organized by the Stedelijk Museum. It was at this Dutch museum that the original collection was put together in collaboration with Kelley himself, who died during the project.