First monograph dedicated to Pierre Leguillon's Museum of Mistakes: a
traveling exhibition gathering a collection of mass culture artifacts and
craft objects, questioning with humor and subversivity the mechanisms of
today's visual culture.
Founded in Brussels in 2013 by Pierre Leguillon, the Musée des Erreurs is
a traveling exhibition that encamps for a show in the halls of
brick-and-mortar museums—like a traveling circus that comes to town—and
then moves on. The rest of the time, the collection is stored in the
artist's studio apartment, mainly in his kitchen cupboards. Most of the
items are serially manufactured and of negligible material value:
postcards, record sleeves, posters large and small, pieces of fabric,
ceramics, folk art, children's drawings and other miscellany. This book
also includes items deemed too small, fragile or insignificant to take on
tour in the past, as well as photographs of everyday street scenes that
shed some light on various facets of the collection. Whether signed or
anonymous, these artifacts defy any claims of authoritativeness in an age
in which visual culture is shared on social media and all over the web,
with no distinctions of substantive or aesthetic value, often with no
captions and, all too frequently, with erroneous attributions. For
Leguillon, the constant sorting and reshuffling of the items helps us
revisit conventional interpretations and subvert, with an ample dose of
humor, the sort of cultural “prêt-à-porter” so many museums serve us up
nowadays. Essays by Patricia Falguières and Morad Montazami situate the
Musée des Erreurs in the tradition of art museums and the phenomenon of
cultural appropriation. And Carrie Pilto contributes freestyle captions
commenting on the featured items.
Second edition (2021).
Pierre Leguillon (born 1969 in Nogent-sur-Marne, France, lives and works in Paris) is an artist, curator, and writer who has become known for transforming the slide-lecture format into an enlightening, poetic, and witty form of performance art. His “Diaporamas”—slideshows composed of the artist's snapshots—suggest through juxtaposition unexpected connections and new classification systems. Leguillon also makes enigmatic assemblages and dioramas exploring the work and careers of artists such as Diane Arbus, Ad Reinhardt, George Ohr, and Jean Dubuffet. Leguillon's work has been featured at institutions around the world, including at Moderna Museet (Malmö, Sweden, 2010), Musée du Louvre (Paris, 2009), and Artists Space (New York, 2009). He published the journal Sommaire between 1991 and 1996, and his writing has appeared in publications such as Purple, Artpress, and Journal des Arts.