Julie Mehretu - Writing is Drawing Center Pompidou-Metz
The idea for this exhibition, which explores our fascination with the richness of languages and writing, grew out of a conversation with the poetess and artist Etel Adnan.
The exhibition juxtaposes precious old manuscripts, grouped together in three display cases, and works by contemporary artists and writers, most of which are from the Cabinet d’Art Graphique at the Centre Pompidou, in which writing is combined with imagery, sometimes even disappearing completely. This journey through inscriptions bears witness to a primordial interweaving of writing and drawing and reveals a universal vital energy. This energy circulates through gestures and lines, fragile crucibles of history, human beliefs and emotions.