For the ARC Marcel has come up with something like the last stage of a work in progress, the bit you only get to see on opening day. From one project to another there's an ongoing something or other, a kind of attempt at documenting reality, some endlessly renewed Sisyphean operation. But then his work always contains this radical questioning of man's engagement with nature.

His method is founded on mise en abîme, on the realisation that the natural is itself something staged, to the point where it is all but impossible to sort out the true from the false. The artist samples fragments of man-made landscapes, then reproduces them artificially before situating them in the pared-down setting of the museum.

Didier Marcel was part of the ARC Workshops of 1988 and won the first Ricard Foundation prize in 1999. He has had a number of solo exhibitions, notably at MAMCO in Geneva (2005), the Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain in Strasbourg (2006) and MUDAM in Luxembourg (2009). He is also a contributor to the art segment of the new Paris tramline T3 East.

Didier Marcel was born in Besançon in 1961. He lives and works in Dijon.

Curator general: Fabrice Hergott

Exhibition curator : François Michaud

With the generous support of groupe Galeries Lafayette, exclusive sponsor of the exhibition.