Canadian Cultural Centre Presents Illuminated Manuscripts Robert Bean in Paris


The Canadian Cultural Centre presents Illuminated Manuscripts Robert Bean, on view 30 September–16 November 2011. Opening: 29 September, 6pm.

Robert Bean “Monotype,” 2010. Photography, 40×61 cm.

To commemorate the iconic visionary Marshall McLuhan and celebrate the centenary of his birth, Canadian artist Robert Bean was commissioned to create a site-specific exhibition in McLuhan’s former seminar room at the Coach House for CONTACT 2011: Figure + Ground [in Toronto in May & June].

Illuminated Manuscripts is a project about writing, archives and photography. It emphasizes the figure/ground relationship that is physically inscribed on the surface of Marshall McLuhan’s documents and manuscripts. Bean contextualizes McLuhan’s writing process within a framework of obsolete electronic technologies. He presents a selection of recent photographs of objects in the collection of the Canadian Science and Technology Museum—such as the telegraph, dictaphone, and typewriter—alongside new video works that animate 100 of McLuhan’s original documents from the collection of the Library and Archives Canada.

Organized by the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, McLuhan100, the McLuhan Program in Culture and Technology of the Faculty of Information Coach House Institute, University of Toronto.

Canadian Cultural Centre
5 rue de Constantine
75007 Paris, France
Opening hours:
Monday–Friday, 10am–6pm
Thursday, 10 am–7pm
+ 33 1 44 43 21 90

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