For the first major rendez-vous in its tenth anniversary programme, the MAC/VAL (Musée d’Art Contemporain du Val-de-Marne) is hosting a multi-disciplinary themed exhibition from 7th March to 30th August 2015.

What defines masculinity these days? And how can we come up with alternatives to the figure of the dominant male in patriarchal society?

MACVAL2The exhibition “Chercher le garçon” brings together a hundred or so male artists who, in one way or another, are challenging and destabilizing established models. In rejecting all manner of authoritarianism, and questioning the values traditionally associated with masculinity (effectiveness, authority, heroism, conquest, strength, etc.), the works exhibited all offer strategies which withstand and re-define the masculine paradigm. In them, the masculine is called into question in all its plasticity. Anthropology has taught us that the minimal and irreducible difference between the male and the female involves the different places occupied in the chain of procreation. The rest is social construction, rooted and dependent on places, periods and cultures.


MAC VAL : Val-de-Marne Contemporary Art Museum, Place de la Libération, 94400 Vitry-sur-Seine