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Vue de l’exposition Quiz 2 - sur une idée de Robert Stadler, 20.02.2016 - 22.05.2016, Mudam Luxembourg
Quiz 2 – Sur une idée de Robert Stadler

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In 2013, the City of Nancy gave carte blanche to the designer Robert Stadler. He joined Alexis Vaillant, then curator at the CAPC Contemporary Art Museum in Bordeaux, to curate an exhibition made of unrecognisable objects and titled Quiz, based on an idea by Robert Stadler. In this exhibition, the selected objects overshot the usual formulas “art or design?” / “art and design?”. While resisting the classical typologies of traditional sculpture, product or furniture, they make palpable the gradual dissipation of divisions between contemporary art and design.

Two years later, Mudam Luxembourg proposed Robert Stadler and Alexis Vaillant to imagine a sequel to this exhibition. They decided to bring together some emblematic works of Nancy’s QUIZ exhibition, and to combine them with some ambivalent “things”. These things are ambivalent since they have as much assumed the dissolution of the border between art and design in progress since the 1960s as they are revealing the paradoxical persistence of art and design as autonomous hubs of activity. Art and Design are two domains that see emerge, each in their own way, things and ideas that feed on each other without ever amalgamating.

On the occasion of this exhibition, Robert Stadler and Alexis Vaillant brought together thirty texts in a digest entitled On Things as Ideas. Written between 1790 and today, these texts published in English address the economic, cultural and philosophical aspects of the “thingness of the thing”.


  • Robert Stadler
    Alexis Vaillant

Exhibition design:
  • Studio Robert Stadler

Featuring works by:
Cyril Afsa
Tomás Alonso
Hope Atherton
Aldo Bakker
Vincent Beaurin
Mario Bellini
Erwan & Ronan Bouroullec
Robert Breer
Marc Camille Chaimowicz
Toby Christian
Pierre Charpin
Paul Cocksedge
Claudia Comte
Aaron Curry
Björn Dahlström
Naoto Fukasawa
Laureline Galliot
Francisco Gomez Paz
Konstantin Grcic
Thomas Grünfeld
Zaha Hadid
Pablo Helguera
Herby Industries
Roger Hiorns
Yngve Holen
Donald Judd
Shiro Kuramata
Mathieu Lehanneur
Ross Lovegrove
Enzo Mari
Mathieu Mercier
Bruno Munari
David Musgrave
Ron Nagle
Philip Newcombe
Normal Studio
Jérôme Olivet
Giò Ponti
Gerwald Rockenschaub
Karin Ruggaber
Trevor Shimizu
Ettore Sottsass
Robert Stadler
Philippe Starck
Blair Thurman
Pierre Vadi
Marcel Wanders
Nicole Wermers
Heimo Zobernig