The Chalet Society is a structure founded by Marc-Olivier Wahler. Its first exhibition, The Museum of Everything (October 2012 - March 2013), brought over 65,000 people to a pop-up site – a disused school in the heart of Paris – thanks to the support of Laurent Dumas and the Emerige real estate Group. The second exhibition, also sponsored by the Emerige, is held from October 24th 2013 to December 29th 2013. It is curated by Jim Shaw, the extraordinary Californian artist who, over the last forty years, has produced incredible paintings, drawings, videos, installations and performances.
Jim Shaw is also a compulsive collector, constantly on the hunt for pop culture pieces, comic books, rock music, B movies and amateur paintings in thrift stores or on the internet. He is not displaying his own artwork or his famous “thrift store paintings”, but instead the archives that account for his main source of inspiration. These archives are accompanied by special loans from different collections. The Chalet Society gives visitors the chance to dive into an overflowing and illuminated world of paintings, sculptures, brochures, t-shirts, books, CDs and educational illustrations that recycle the myths and beliefs of America and beyond.
Image: Collection Jim Shaw, Los Angeles, V.T. Houteff, The Great Image, 1944 © LeeAnn Nickel