On the occasion of ‘Rita Ackermann. Mama ‘21’ at Hauser & Wirth Monaco, we hosted a conversation with Donatien Grau, philologist, and Raphael Zagury-Orly, philosopher and founding member of the ‘Rencontres Philosophiques de Monaco,’ moderated by Anaël Pigeat, journalist and art critic.
Art constantly opens up new and unheard-of perspectives for thought. This conversation is organized in partnership with Rencontres Philosophiques de Monaco, an organization committed to these living forces of art and the infinite possibilities it holds within it.
About Donatien Grau Donatien Grau currently serves as head of contemporary programs at the musée d’Orsay, Paris; chairman, Association Pierre Guyotat; visiting professor, La Cambre (Brussels). He holds doctoral degrees in French and comparative literature from the Sorbonne, in philological and historical sciences from the École des Hautes Études, Paris, and a DPhil from Oxford University. He served as advisor to Azzedine Alaïa for the couturier’s not-for-profit exhibition space, the Galerie (2014-2017) and curated the inaugural exhibition of the reopening of the Getty Villa, Malibu, Plato in L. A. (2018). He is an editor-at-large of Purple Fashion Magazine and of The Brooklyn Rail. He has published widely on the arts and culture of the Roman Empire, on 19th and 20th literary and art history, as well as on contemporary art and culture. Recent publications include: The Transitory Museum, with Emanuele Coccia (Polity, 2018); Ways of Re-Thinking Literature, with Tom Bishop (Routledge, 2018); After the Crisis, Contemporary States of Photography, with Christoph Wiesner (diaphanes, 2019); Taking Time, with Azzedine Alaïa (Rizzoli, 2020); Living Museums (Hatje Cantz, 2020); Under Discussion, The Encyclopedic Museum (Getty, 2021); with Sylvère Lotringer, I was More American than the Americans (diaphanes, 2021)
About Anaël Pigeat Anaël Pigeat is an art critic, curator, journalist, founder of the podcast Phonomaton and editor-at-large of the monthly The Art Newspaper France.
About Raphael Zagury-Orly Raphael Zagury-Orly is a philosopher and founding member of the Rencontres Philosophiques de Monaco, Visiting Professor at the Institut Catholique de Paris, Programme Director of the Collège International de Philosophie (Paris) and Associate Member, CRAL - UMR 8566 (CNRS/EHESS).