Tête-à-Cul (Paris, spring 2014)


Bone (boar-doe), balloon, epoxy

42 x 30 x 20 cm (16 9/16 x 11 13/16 x 7 7/8 in.)

A boar’s jaw and a deer’s pelvis are intertwined. An inflated balloon fills the empty space left by this composition. It looks like a growth, a swollen belly, attached to the rest by epoxy. A thin coat of yellowish paint unites the whole suspended from the ceiling by a folded hanger. Chimera, sick organ or condensed body, Jean-Luc Moulène's Tête-à-cul (Paris, Spring 2014) is radically different from appealing and aesthetically pleasing works.

His singular career defies traditional artistic labels. He invents a stylistic language where breaks and disjunctions offer a critical look at the artist’s status and the art world. Far from the perfect body of ancient sculptures, Tête-à-cul is an absurd, confusing organic assemblage, a post-humanist body.

Tête-à-cul (Paris, Spring 2014) was first exhibited by the Pinault Collection in 2015 at the "Slip of the Tongue" exhibition at the Punta della Dogana.