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CHALET SOCIETY PRESENTS
THE MUSEUM OF
EVERYTHING

In tiny crevices and under dusty beds, there lies a secret creativity by the unknowns of society. Unexpected, delicate, profound, this democratic work has inspired the world’s greatest artists and creative minds.

The Museum of Everything, estd 2009

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Welcome to The Museum of Everything, the world’s only wandering space for the undiscovered, unintentional and untrained artists of our times.

The Museum of Everything arrived in Paris with Exhibition #1.1, an epic journey of more than 500 self-taught artworks and objects, curated within the winding corridors and silent classrooms of a 1,000m2 former Catholic seminary smack dab in the middle of St Germain.

An alternative history of 19th, 20th and 21st Century art, Exhibition #1.1 embraced artists who function without art education, theory or society. For them, as for The Museum of Everything, the act of creation and the impulse to make depend neither on destination nor on definition.

To illustrate this philosophy, Exhibition #1.1 incorporated essays by leading artists, curators, writers and thinkers, including David Byrne, Ed Ruscha, Marlene Dumas, Carsten Höller, Maurizio Cattelan, Nick Cave, Annette Messager, John Baldessari, Paula Rego and Christian Boltanski.

Highlights included the panoramic adult fairytale of Chicago janitor Henry Darger, the towering spirit scrolls of Chinese factory worker Guo Fengyi, the mystic constructions of French miniature architect ACM and the dense tramways of Dutch self-appointed naive Willem van Genk.

After welcoming 350,000 visitors to its critically-acclaimed installations in London, Turin and Moscow, The Museum of Everything opened its mighty Parisian doors on 15th October 2012 and stayed open through Xmas + New Year until March 2013.

Exhibition #1.1 is a presentation of Chalet Society, the radical new art space helmed by Marc-Olivier Wahler, former director and chief curator of Palais de Tokyo. For more information, visit www.chaletsociety.com.

Le Café d'Everything

Le Café d'Everything is an exclusive coffee-counter and all-you-can-eaterie with bespoke delicacies from the animal and vegetable kingdoms, created by our friends from Momo and Derrière.

Le Café d'Everything will be open soon for daily beverages, fast snacks and leisurely ladies' luncheons. No reservation is needed ... just turn up and demand to be fed!

The Shop of Everything // www.shopevery.com

The Shop of Everything brings its award-winning boutique to the Parisian public, with limited edition books, prints, clothes, homeware and knick-knackery to benefit The Museum of Everything and its artists.

The Shop of Everything can be found rive gauche at Chalet Society, 14 boulevard Raspail, Paris 75007, and rive droite at tip-top Francophonic concept store Merci, 111 boulevard Beaumarchais, Paris 75003.

For more information and to see our full range, go to www.shopevery.com.

Reviews for The Museum of Everything:

Amazing!
Ed Ruscha, Artist
Awed With Everything!
Paul Ruscha, Brother of Artist
The best exhibit in London NOW!
John Baldessari, Artist
It was Everything I hoped for.
Tony Baldessari, Son of Artist

It might be productive to consider the widespread enthusiasm for The Museum of Everything: a ten-thousand-square-foot installation of outsider art (selected by such well-known artists and curators as Thelma Golden, Annette Messager, Ed Ruscha, and Terry Winters) in a former dairy. At the time of the show’s opening, countless artists, writers, and curators called it the best on view anywhere — compelling precisely for eliding (if not flaunting) the familiar, fixed categories and platforms of contemporary art circles and for skirting presiding and arbitrating tastes in both subject and form. The work in the exhibition was, in other words, appealing precisely for its disarmingly, maybe even profoundly ambiguous status. And while audiences’ desire for such an uncertain aura might have been described in other years as a simple appetite for novelty, in our present context the canny name of the venue alone offers, I think, a clue in another direction. That is, when it comes to the reception and resonance of The Museum of Everything’s first show, questions of outside and inside are perhaps less significant than is the status of art as an autonomous field. If some “old order? is being put into question, the depth of our affinity here suggests that the relevant systemic instability is that of art itself.

Tim Griffin: The Order of Things
Editor's Letter: Art Forum, December 2009

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