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Le Musée du RETARD / the DELAY MUSEUM

Interested in collecting artists that question the structure of what we think of the “now”, Thierry Geoffroy creates exhibitions where he invites artists to create installations that surround the idea of emergency, which then become a part of the DELAY MUSEUM. Here, Thierry Geoffroy shares works from the DELAY MUSEUM and talks about the emergency installations.

“My collection is called “Le Musée du RETARD / the DELAY MUSEUM” and it follows specific conditions on collecting.

It all began in 1988 when I was looking for art that could respond to emergencies and be connected to the “now”. Every art work in this collection of Le Musée du RETARD has been exhibited the same day it was created (within the space of 24 hours). All the works have been exhibited in a timely response to an artistic intention to make an art work be visible in the “now”.

Many of the art works were exhibited in the show “Emergency Room” – which was in a Biennalist format, or in very quick exhibition such as “Penetrations”. The DELAY MUSEUM is often shown in an exhibition room beside the “Emergency Room “. Some of the collection was shown in different museums such as the MoMA PS1, Palazzo delle Arti Napoli, The Museum of African Design and also in galleries such as Kalashnikovv Gallery, Martin Asbæk Gallery, and the Marianne Friis Gallery to name just a few.

My project for the future is to build a museum where the complete collection can be seen, as I believe it will capture a certain moment of our history and how artists have responded to the “now”. Emergency Art is an art movement with around 400 artists taking part. The Delay Museum is its history – where artists have respond in real time. In the Delay Museum it is possible to reflect on the aesthetics of Emergency Art and to reflect on different topics like global war, xenophobia in Europe and Africa, the financial crisis since 2006, global warming, the Iran – USA relationship, North and South Korea, surveillance society, fear etc.”

DIONISIS CHRISTOFILOGIANNIS, Greece for Sale, 2011. Courtesy the Delay Museum
DIONISIS CHRISTOFILOGIANNIS, Greece for Sale, 2011. Courtesy the Delay Museum
LASSE LAU, The Alienation of Seeking Material Pleasure, 27/3/2007. Courtesy the Delay Museum
LASSE LAU, The Alienation of Seeking Material Pleasure, 27/3/2007. Courtesy the Delay Museum
MJ TURPIN, Men In Charge, 2016. Courtesy the Delay Museum
MJ TURPIN, Men In Charge, 2016. Courtesy the Delay Museum
CHRISTIAN VON HORNSLETH, American Election 2008, 2008. Courtesy the Delay Museum
CHRISTIAN VON HORNSLETH, American Election 2008, 2008. Courtesy the Delay Museum
COLONEL, Peintre de la Justic , Les Casques Bleux. Courtesy the Delay Museum
COLONEL, Peintre de la Justic , Les Casques Bleux. Courtesy the Delay Museum
NADIA PLESNER, Olympic Water for Everyone, 2016. Courtesy the Delay Museum
NADIA PLESNER, Olympic Water for Everyone, 2016. Courtesy the Delay Museum
GAIL ROTHSCHILD, Afghan Opium Hits Record Output, 2007. Courtesy the Delay Museum
GAIL ROTHSCHILD, Afghan Opium Hits Record Output, 2007. Courtesy the Delay Museum
NADIA PLESNER, Refugee Crisis in Europe, 2016. Courtesy the Delay Museum
NADIA PLESNER, Refugee Crisis in Europe, 2016. Courtesy the Delay Museum
PETER RAVN, 25/11/2011, 2011. Courtesy the Delay Museum
PETER RAVN, 25/11/2011, 2011. Courtesy the Delay Museum
ANDREW KAYSER, Mayor, 2016. Courtesy the Delay Museum
ANDREW KAYSER, Mayor, 2016. Courtesy the Delay Museum
EMERIC LHUISSET, Le Pays Des Purs, 2007. Courtesy the Delay Museum
EMERIC LHUISSET, Le Pays Des Purs, 2007. Courtesy the Delay Museum
IVAN ARGOTE, 26 Nov 2008, 2008. Courtesy the Delay Museum
IVAN ARGOTE, 26 Nov 2008, 2008. Courtesy the Delay Museum
PAULINE BASTARD, Attentifs Ensemble, 2008. Courtesy the Delay Museum
PAULINE BASTARD, Attentifs Ensemble, 2008. Courtesy the Delay Museum
GAIL ROTHSCHILD, Don’t Discuss Polar Bears: A Memo to Scientists, 2007. Courtesy the Delay Museum
GAIL ROTHSCHILD, Don’t Discuss Polar Bears: A Memo to Scientists, 2007. Courtesy the Delay Museum
GUILLAME DIMANCHE, Kalashnikov On Oil, 2011. Courtesy the Delay Museum
GUILLAME DIMANCHE, Kalashnikov On Oil, 2011. Courtesy the Delay Museum
HENRIK VIBSKOV, Sleep-Tite, 2016. Courtesy the Delay Museum
HENRIK VIBSKOV, Sleep-Tite, 2016. Courtesy the Delay Museum
TOMASZ OPANIA, Prezent Dla Turc, 2011
TOMASZ OPANIA, Prezent Dla Turc, 2011