Marc Camille Chaimowicz: Reverie, Its Practice and Means of Display

This reference monograph revisits the conceptual and sensorial developments pursued by the artist since the 1970s. With a layout by graphic designer Zak Kyes under the artistic direction of Marc Camille Chaimowicz and Anna Clifford, the publication, written in close collaboration with Chaimowicz between late 2016 and 2020, includes a key text authored by Marie Canet. A ribbon drawn by the artist is inserted as a bookmark.
Born in the aftermath of World War II (in 1947 in Paris) of a Polish father and a French mother, Marc Camille Chaimowicz moved as a child to the United Kingdom. He studied at Ealing, Camberwell, and the Slate School of Art in London. In new artistic times, careful to bring art and life closer, often using performance, the life of Marc Camille Chaimowicz has become a great workshop. Living in the exhibition spaces, he sets up hotels entrances, decorates them with his own artefacts, and serves there some tea to visitors with musical background. When it became an official art practice which was no longer subversive, Chaimowicz abandoned performance art. From 1975 to 1979, he designed the interior of his Approach Road flat. Wallpapers, curtains, videos he made while performing in his own decor: everything had been tailored-imagined, drawn, and conceived to turn his interior into a room conducive to reverie. From the 1980s onwards, decors and furniture set like in a theatre scenography took their place in museums. Since then, hundreds of exhibitions have featured the interiors series of this international artist.
Marie Canet is a French art critic, independent curator and professor of aesthetics at the Villa Arson (Nice).