Power is a controversial subject: on the one hand, we can find an absolute power designing the systems of social organization – a delegated power that creates the ways of our daily actions, the organized power that chooses what we have to choose. An external power. On the other hand, the exposition evokes the existence of an internal power, contained within every human being as an actual potential. An intimate power that belongs to us and animates us.
Thus, Michelangelo Pistoletto proposes, in the itinerary of the exhibition, his historical work of 1978 “Fame, Amore, Arte” (Hunger, Love, Art); the artist invites visitors to lend their “special” chair – the one they feel and participate in the creation of Terzo Paradiso (Third Paradise). The invitation to dialogue is reiterated by the artist with “Mar Mediterraneo”. Tensions are also discussed in the artwork “Canto V” by Arcangelo Sassolino. Long the way, we also discover works related to concrete political situations, both past and present: “Louis Vuitton voyage avec Karl Marx” by Carlos Garaicoa, or “El beso de cristal” by Reynier Leyva Novo. Lucy+Jorge Orta works have a political character. Thr exhibition welcomes four artists currently on display at the 58th International Art Exhibition – Venice Biennale: Shilpa Gupta, Zhanna Kadyrova and Sun Yuan & Peng Yu. Jannis Kounellis and Kader Attia show the strength of a profound integrity. Ai Weiwei invites us to radical gestures as well. Nari Ward conceived a work specifically for the exhibition, thinking of today's France. The ways of investigating the power manifested in the works of the invited artists are very diverse. Another special project is “Inside Out” by JR: a mosaic of faces and stories encapsulating the living power embodied in each person. On the JR’s wall, many of the people who have animated Les Moulins’ nowadays history with their energy and their ideas are on display. Among all these faces, there are also those of the French staff of the gallery.